SOUTH KOREA: The U.S. military’s long, uncomfortable history with prostitution gets new attention

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 31 October 2014 Source: The Washington Post Type: News Keywords: US military, US bases A group of women in South Korea sued their own government in June, alleging that it trained them to serve as “patriots” or “civilian diplomats” in the 1960s and 1970s. Their real job: work as prostitutes near American military bases. The women were tested regularly to make sure they didn’t have sexually-transmitted diseases, and were locked up until they were healthy again if they did, they said. (...) Read more >>

SOUTH KOREA: Citizens to protest deal to keep U.S. military unit in Dongducheon

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 2 November 2014 Source:The Korea Herald Type: News Keywords: US bases Citizens of Dongducheon, north of Seoul, will hold a mass rally this week to protest a recent South Korea-U.S. deal to retain an American artillery brigade in the city, a local civic group said Sunday. Last month, Seoul and Washington agreed to retain the 210th Fires Brigade under the 2nd Infantry Division in Dongducheon near the tense inter-Korean border until "the mid-2020s" to bolster deterrence against (...) Read more >>

KAZAHKSTAN: Draconian Ruling in Lawsuit

Tuesday 4 November 2014Date: 29 October 2014 Source:Human Rights Watch Type: News Keywords: Freedom of expression (Berlin, October 29, 2014) – An Almaty court awarded thousands of dollars in damages against an advertising agency for a poster depicting two male cultural icons kissing. The draconian ruling on October 28, 2014 will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and creativity in Kazakhstan and condones homophobia and prejudice. The Almaty court hearing the class-action lawsuit also required the (...) Read more >>

SRI LANKA: Sri Lankan teachers to protest against budget

Sunday 2 November 2014Date: 28 October 2014 Source:Colombo Page Type: News Keywords: Education budget, social services Oct 28, Colombo: An education sector trade union in Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Teachers’ Service Union (CTSU) announced that it would start agitations at Provincial level against government’s failure to grant promotions for the teachers and pay arrears for three years. The secretary of the union Mahinda Jayasinghe said that the teachers’ promotions have been suspended since July 2008 but the new (...) Read more >>

INDIA: Assessing India’s Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement with UAE

Sunday 2 November 2014Date: 27 October 2014 Type: Commentary Keywords: India-UAE bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement By Kavaljit Singh Thanks to the persistent efforts by civil society groups demanding access to the full text of India-UAE bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement (BIPA) under the Right to Information Act, the agreement was recently made public by the concerned appellate authority of Ministry of Finance. On December 12, 2013, India signed (...) Read more >>

INDIA: Capital roads may gobble up many villages

Sunday 2 November 2014Date: 2 November 2014 Source:The Times of India Type: News Keywords: Land grabbing GUNTUR: Notwithstanding the AP government’s assurances that it will not take over villages for the construction of the new capital, around three dozen villages in five mandals are likely to disappear from the state map if the government goes ahead with the widening of the existing roads to six or eight lane ones. The government is planning to lay wide roads connecting the capital area with Vijayawada and (...) Read more >>

INDIA: One step forward, two back? Dalit women’s rights under economic globalisation

Sunday 2 November 2014Date: 31 October 2014 Source:Open Democracy Type: Feature Keywords: Dalit, economic liberalization The economic reforms begun in India in 1991 were couched in the language of ‘modernisation’, yet they have done little to challenge the caste and gender discrimination faced by Dalit women - in some ways their situation is worse. The Indian government claimed the economic reforms undertaken in India from 1991 would usher in a new era of market efficiency that would lead to a globally (...) Read more >>

INDIA: Left parties to launch nationwide campaign against communalism

Sunday 2 November 2014Date: 1 November 2014 Source:ZeeNews Type: News Keywords: Communalism New Delhi: In a first step towards expanding the Left block, six Left parties met here on Saturday and decided to launch a joint nationwide campaign against communalism and the problems afflicting the people’s lives and livelihood. Leaders of two new entrants — Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation and Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), joined those of the CPI(M), CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc, (...) Read more >>

INDIA: Reclaiming ancient knowledge to heal India’s tribal poor

Sunday 2 November 2014Date: 2 November 2014 Source:The Times of India Type: News Keywords: student protest NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union on Saturday staged a demonstration at Delhi Police headquarters raising concerns over the role of Delhi Police in the Trilokpuri riots. The protesters alleged that even after riots broke out cops failed to take action for hours and, in the days that followed, arbitrary arrests have only intensified the atmosphere of fear and tension in the area. (...) Read more >>

NEPAL: Agitating teachers to protest govt action

Sunday 2 November 2014Date: 30 October 2014 Source:The Himalayan Type: News Keywords: Labour rights KATHMANDU: The agitating temporary teachers, who were evicted two days ago from Shanti Batika, Ratna Park, for staging relay hunger strike there, said today they would gather at Durbar High School on Saturday to voice their anger against the government for depriving them of their right to peaceful struggle. Temporary teachers, who have been demanding permanent status for long, had been staging relay hunger (...) Read more >>

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