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Do we need a law against incest?

A statue of Cleopatra VII, the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, who married two of her brothers. Photograph: Sandro Vannini/Corbis The European court of human rights is no stranger to controversy. Last Thursday, however, Strasbourg played it safe and did the expected. The court ruled it was all right to have a law against incest. The man who brought the ...

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What’s Left: The United States’ Barbarous Policy on Iran

“Sanctions,” New York Times’ reporter Rick Gladstone writes, have subjected “ordinary Iranians” to “increased deprivations” in order to “punish Iran for enriching uranium that the West suspects is a cover for developing the ability to make nuclear weapons.” [1] In other words, Iran is suspected of having a secret nuclear weapons program, and so must be sanctioned to force it ...

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A journey that began in Delhi reaches its conclusion

Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ is the central figure in the country’s political process. In a wide-ranging interview to Prashant Jha at his residence on Friday afternoon, he talked about the peace process, the constitution and relations with India. Excerpts: Till a few years ago, you were the supreme commander of the People’s Liberation ...

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In Afghanistan, a kind of suicide

Late one June evening last year, as Taliban negotiators hopped between Islamabad, Doha and Munich for secret talks meant to bring peace in Afghanistan, a rocket arced over the east-central city of Ghazni. It ended its journey at Khatera Rezai’s home in Tauheedabad, just as the nine-year-old was getting ready for supper. She died eight hours later, her legs torn ...

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UN’s Ban urges Syria to maintain ceasefire

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The UN’s secretary general urged the Syrian government on Sunday to maintain its fragile ceasefire, as activists said government forces pressed on with their attacks on the opposition stronghold of Homs. “I urge again in the strongest possible terms…

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African Americans and Islam

A segment of African American Muslims have been living within the U.S. and practicing Islam for over 30 years, and not just immigrant Muslims from African countries but indigenous African American Muslims descended from slaves and entrenched within the fabric of American society . They’ve been working along-side their fellow citizens, paying their taxes, sending their children to school and ...

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Israeli PM says nuclear talks gave Iran ‘freebie’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister says Iran got a “freebie” from the world’s big powers at nuclear talks this weekend. Officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany met with Iran in Istanbul to discuss the country’s nuclear program. The talks were described as positive, and they agreed to meet again on May 23 in Baghdad. ...

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Kim speaks in public for the first time

Pyongyang: North Korea’s new leader delivered his first major public speech yesterday as the impoverished state celebrated the centenary of its founder’s birth, calling for a push to "final victory" despite a failed rocket launch two days earlier. Kim Jong-un, clad in black and the third of his line to rule North Korea, read monotonously from a script in Pyongyang’s ...

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Rwanda Now: Healing the Grandchildren of the Genocide

Julienne was just four during the 1994 genocide. She is HIV-positive and works as an artisan for this member-owned women’s collective through The Ihangane Project. Ihangane brought solar lighting to the health clinic where she gave birth safely without transmitting the virus to her 4-month-old son, Kingi; they also provide nutrition supplements for Kingi and gardening and nutrition training for ...

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Taliban launch coordinated Afghanistan assaults

April 15, 2012 — Updated 1505 GMT (2305 HKT) Attacks in Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Attackers in Afghanistan launched a coordinated wave of assaults Sunday, targeting a heavily protected district of the capital that includes embassies and the presidential palace, as well as trying to strike an airbase used by American troops, officials said. Government facilities, and the American, ...

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