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President Trump, Democrats seek anti-immigrant deal Patrick Martin President Trump’s temporary postponement of mass deportation raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents has been hailed as a victory by congressional Democrats. But the two-week delay is intended, as Trump declared in a tweet, to enlist the Democrats as his partners in the ongoing repression […]

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Budget FY 2019 – 20: Heed critics’ feedback Taking into consideration the fact that since a national budget is basically an estimation of revenue and expenses for a year or a given period, it affects all the people, Plebeians as well as Patricians, economy and all other aspects, hence the adage can be an apt […]

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Transformation towards land degradation neutrality: What it takes to feed 7.5 billion people

Desmond Brown EVENTS marking the 25th anniversary of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the World Day to Combat Desertification opened on Jun 17 in Ankara with a call for urgent action to protect and restore degrading land. Turkey’s Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli and head of the UNCCD Ibrahim Thaw attended the […]

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National budget for 2019-20: A citizen’s perspective Shazzad Khan I am pretty shocked to see the size of the budget – it is too meagre given the fact we are claiming a middle-income status. The announced budget is 523,190 crore Taka which is only 18.1% of the GDP. When we are claiming a robust GDP […]

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Belt and Road Initiative vs Washington Consensus Jomo Kwame Sundaram KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: With the Washington Consensus from the 1980s being challenged, President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and China pursuing its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), most notably with its own initiatives such as the multilateral Asian Infrastructure […]

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Victory of Narendra Modi vis-à-vis saffron surge As per customary norms, felicitations are pouring in for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi who has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory, in which his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 303 seats of the 543-seat parliament. The main opposition alliance, headed […]

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The contribution of humanitarian action to peace

Peter Maurer THE connection of humanitarian action to broader objectives like peace, development and human rights is understandably complex, but it is also an area in which some fresh thinking is important. The dilemma we are facing today is how to expand and uphold neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian action while designing and understanding such […]