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Under the Silence and the Scars: a Kashmir that Will Not Forget or Forgive

Three months after BJP-led government of India stripped Jammu and Kashmir from its special status, the silence from the Valley is deafening, and cracking. Khalid Hussein reports for MO* from the worst ...
Analysis

It is not all about Narendra Modi. And that might not be a good thing.

It took the nation six week to get voting boots into less than 2 km from every one of the 900 million people who were eligible to vote. In the end about 600 million did vote, and on May 23th, the verd ...
(c) Pradeep Shukla
Analysis

Switzerland by the sea

According to the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Switzerland ranks 20th in the world in terms of the number of ships owned, but 15th in terms of the number of ships scrapped on beach ...
(c) Amit Dave
Report

Mendeleev beaches: shipbreaking and the spilling of copper, cobalt, manganese, lead, cadmium, nickel, zinc and mercury

The Science for Environment Policy (European Commission) provided an overview of several studies, one of which clearly showed just how heavily the Alang-Sosiya natural environment has been polluted by ...
(c) Pradeep Shukla
Interview

Baskut Tuncak: “As long as the world allows shipping companies to choose the rules they want to abide by, regulation is all but impossible”

Baskut Tuncak is, UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes: “In shipbreaking yards, workers often are exposed to toxic chemicals including asbestos, dusts and fibres, highly toxi ...
(c) Amit Dave
Report

Why beaching is so hard for companies to resist

The road to Alang is lined with shops and warehouses selling items that once used to sail across the world’s oceans. Oak desks, faux crystal chandeliers, life vests and boats, ropes, electric ca ...
The Oriental N (a vessel that became notorious under the original name Exxon Valdez) ended up on one of the beach yards of Alang, India
Report

 “Every day on the shipbreaking yard can be your last”

“Shipbreaking has grown into a major occupational and environmental health problem in the world. It is amongst the most dangerous of occupations, with unacceptably high levels of fatalities, inj ...
Analysis

Asia Bibi and Pakistan´s Great Win Against Bigotry

After spending eight years of solitary confinement in an 8f x 10f death cell, Asia Bibi (51) has been declared innocent. She was released from jail after a three-member Supreme Court bench cleared her ...
News

Rainbow Warrior on shipbreaking beach in Bangladesh

When big multinational shipping companies opt for shipbreaking on South Asian beaches in order to maximize profits, one can be outraged, but will not be surprised. But what should we make of the news ...
CC Bruno Deceukelier
Blog Post

When civil society speak, will leaders from Asia and Europe listen?

Mid October leaders of states from Asia and Europe will meet in Brussels, as part of the Asia Europe summit which happens every two years. In its wake, civil society meet at the Asia Europe ...
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Essay

Asma Jahangir: A phenomenon of engaged resistance

The Pakistani diaspora and friends of Asma Jahangir gathered in Brusels, at the Asia Platform, on March 26th, to reflect on the live, the struggles and the continued importance of Asma Jahangir. Cecie ...
picture by Masour Hamid CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Analysis

Pakistan's steady drift towards international isolation

The Financial Action Task Force, a global watchdog against money laundering and terror financing, has decided to put Pakistan in the “grey list” of the countries with deficiencies in Count ...

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