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by Alan M. Dershowitz

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg trials, at which selected Nazi leaders were placed in the dock, we must ask some disturbing questions about those who were never tried for their complicity in the world's worst genocide. It would have been impossible to carry out the mass murder of so many people without the complicity of so many governments, groups, and individuals. Perhaps there were too many guilty parties to put them all on trial, but it is not too late to hold the guilty morally accountable for what they did and failed to do.

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  by Shabnam Assadollahi


In 2007, Aqsa Parvez (pictured above) , a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim living in Toronto, was strangled to death by her father. Her crime was that, as a free woman in Canada, she chose not to wear a hijab. Yet, This Thursday, February 25, 2016, the city of Ottawa will be holding a public event celebrating the hijab, Islam's physical repression of women. (Full Story)

by Natalia Meden

The revelations of Edward Snowden that never were: the monitoring programs of the United States and its Anglo-Saxon allies have long been known. The novelty resides in their magnitude. No one can escape. For the Germans, it was a rude awakening to discover that, according to the NSA surveillance map, they are the major targets in Europe. Their best ally, to which they have always been faithful, not only does not trust them and but also spies on them. (Full Story)

Over the past few days, Southern (Inner) Mongolian netizens strongly protested disparaging comments about Mongolians by Mr. Gao Xiaosong, a well known Chinese talk show host, musician and composer. Strong statements and comments from angry Southern Mongolian netizens went viral via Chinese major social media sites including Sina Microblog (“xin lang wei bo” in Chinese), Ren Ren, Baidu, and You Ku. (Full Story)
On June 19, 2012, Harper's government has put Canada’s digital future at risk by signing on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). This secretive international trade agreement will give Big Media conglomerates new powers to lock users out of our own content and services, provide new liabilities that might force ISPs to police our online activity, and give giant media companies even greater powers to shut down websites and remove content at will. (Full Story)
By Venus Upadhayaya, journalist
India remains clueless to what went between the Indian and Chinese government delegates during Chinese President, Hu Jintao's visit to the country to attend the BRIC Summit few days ago. What made news instead was the large scale protests by Tibetians triggred off by Hu's visit. (Full Story)
By Venus Upadhayaya, journalist
Photo courtesy - South India Cell for Human Rights Education & Monitoring(SICHREM)
For the past many days, I have been hearing stories of men and women – stories of extreme courage and non-dying spirit. In a series from this post onwards, I’ll present human stories which made me question two big concepts existing in the human world – concepts of democracy and human rights. (Full Story)
By Venus Upadhayaya, journalist
Few days ago as we opened our eyes after meditation on the Pondicherry beach, we saw a Mongolian face sitting right besides smiling at us. My friend asked her, “Are you a Chinese?” And she replied, “Yes!” My friend immediately took a Falun Gong leaflet in Chinese and went to her to get the correct pronunciation of ‘Zhen-Shan-Ren’ (Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance) - the principles on which Falun Gong teachings are based. As we tried to lip sync with her and correct our different oriental and Russian tongues she every time said, “Right! Right” And we every time said, “No! No!” Early morning breeze was ruffling her long silky hair and her smile was radiating, she said, “Oh it is so beautiful here!” (Full Story)
By Venus Upadhayaya, journalist
Venus Upadhayaya
Every Indian immigrant to countries abroad longs for the flavor of the Indian soil and culture and at least once in life expresses a wish to re-settle in India. I have heard many friends expressing such a wish. This wish to get back to one’s roots is very primordial; we all want to get back to where we originated from.

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By Venus Upadhayaya, journalist
Bangalore (India) - I was making my first visit to a day care center for spastic and disabled children in Bangalore. Our bike had just had a skid and we were saved except for our skin that suffered few scratches at places. While I ordered for two bottles of mineral water to quench my thirst after the long bike ride, a wide mouthed child with wide open eyes wished me good morning. I couldn’t make meaning out of his verbal uttering and it was translated to me by a teacher.
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