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When will Israel’s Insanity Ends?

A sadly familiar scene over the past two weeks here in occupied Palestine:10 Palestinians (including a 7 and 15 year old) and three Israeli settlers (16 – 19 year old) were killed. Dozens of Palestinian homes were demolished in the past two weeks. Over 570 more Palestinians were kidnapped in these two weeks making more than 6000 abductees languishing in Israeli - million native Palestinians still await their freedom from colonial occupation and displacement. And Israeli leaders are promising to “do more” (genocidal mayhem?). But the question remains when will this insanity end?

Israel assassinated two operatives from the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza on Friday/Photo: Younes Arar Facebook
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When will Israel’s Insanity Ends?

A sadly familiar scene over the past two weeks here in occupied Palestine:10 Palestinians (including a 7 and 15 year old) and three Israeli settlers (16 – 19 year old) were killed. Dozens of Palestinian homes were demolished in the past two weeks. Over 570 more Palestinians were kidnapped in these two weeks making more than 6000 abductees languishing in Israeli - million native Palestinians still await their freedom from colonial occupation and displacement. And Israeli leaders are promising to “do more” (genocidal mayhem?). But the question remains when will this insanity end?

Israel assassinated two operatives from the Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza on Friday/Photo: Younes Arar Facebook
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India: Rail Fare Hike - Phoney Criticism And Absurd Defence

Indian politicians and the people in general are so used to greeting even a small increase in any tariff or commodity price with instant howls and protests that it would have appeared almost a natural reaction when the NDA government’s decision to hike the railway tariff, both passenger and freight, received all-round criticism. The timing of the announcement, close to the first session of the parliament under a new dispensation, added to the political pique.

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Quit Time for Raj Bhavan Occupants

After taking some widely hailed ‘bold’ and ‘innovative’ initiatives during its initial days, the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government has strayed into controversial territories that can much deplete its stock of goodwill. It took recourse to the ordinance route for appointing a bureaucrat and it refuses to remove a minister who has been accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her.

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More Mountain Warriors

The defence ministry issued the ‘formal sanction letter’ for the raising of a Mountain Strike Corps last November to guard the Himalayas from Ladakh in the west to Arunachal Pradesh in the east.

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Junket Culture

It is surprising that a government that is run by the champions of ‘Indianness’ and ‘swadeshi’ culture had decided that six legislators, three of them ministers, from the BJP-ruled Goa will be sent on a ‘videshi’ (foreign) junket, to far away Brazil to watch the world cup football matches. The sports ministry of the state had set aside Rs 89 lakh for the ‘educational’ trip, which was also some kind of a show of solidarity with a Portuguese speaking nation by a part of India that was once a Portuguese colony.

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Self-Discipline: Cornerstone of the Dhamma

The Buddha, using himself as the supreme example, based the entirety of his teachings on self-mastery. The Four Noble Truths, specifically the prescription detailed in the Fourth Noble Truth, the Noble Eightfold Path, instructs us to carefully and continually observe the mind, which leads us to disciplining the ego or false sense of self; this in turn enables us to make conscious corrections in one’s external behavior, and in the thinking and feeling that takes place in one’s internal environment; all of which expands one’s Right View, which ultimately leads to enlightenment.

Self-Discipline:  Cornerstone of the Dhamma
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Way-out of Eliminating Balochistan Militancy

Strategically vital, rich in natural resources, land of courageous and traditional inhabitants, “Balochistan” is an indispensable component of Pakistan. Baloch masses and leaders out rightly supported 1940 resolution, played pivotal and active role in creation of Pakistan. The resolution demanded that Muslim majority needs a separate homeland in Indian subcontinent. Therefore, like other Muslims’ dominated areas, on 29th June 1947 “SHAHI JIRGA” of British Balochistan as representative body of Assistant Governor General (AGG) along with elected members of Quetta Municipal Body unanimously passed a resolution of forming part of Pakistan. The State of Kalat had customary over lordship on States of Kharan, Makran and Lasbela decided to join Pakistan in March 1948, the Khan of Kalat (KoK) also acceded to Pakistan on 27th March 1948.

Way-out of Eliminating Balochistan Militancy
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The Allies must face the Axis Alliance (Part 1)

Now it has become quite clear that the axis alliance of the 'Tatmadaw', the xenophobic extremist monks and the USDP (the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party) are working hands in glove to upset the current situation in the country.

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Will Burma Army stay away from parliamentary politics?

Nowadays, the most serious question of all in Burma (Myanmar) probably is the constitutional amendment dilemma. Almost all political parties, civil societies, government institutions including the defense services and law professionals have put forward suggestions to a parliament-appointed panel stating they support changes to the 2008 constitution, lawmakers told the media on 31 January.

Will Burma Army stay away from parliamentary politics?
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