Category archives: Politics

Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi chief minister wins confidence vote

Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi chief minister wins confidence vote   Arvind Kejriwal, new chief minister of India’s capital Delhi, has won a vote of confidence in the state assembly. Support from the Congress party which had been in power helped him secure 37 votes, one more than he needed. Mr Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi (Common Man’s) Party (AAP) won 28 of the 70 seats in last month’s elections on a pledge to […]

'Completely false': Sources on ground in Benghazi challenge NYT report

Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press. But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings […]

Thai opposition to boycott 2 February elections

  Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced it will boycott snap elections set for 2 February. Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva told a news conference it would not be fielding candidates, saying: “Thai politics is at a failed stage”. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called the election earlier this month in a bid to end weeks of mass protests. The head of the Thai army has warned the country’s political divisions […]

Strip-search uproar: What about the nanny?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Jo Becker: Outcry over Indian diplomat’s arrest overshadows issue of domestic worker abuse Becker: Routine strip search in U.S. is humiliating, degrading, and it’s rare in India She says domestic workers face slavelike labor, physical abuse, excessive hours Becker: Report found domestic worker abuse among diplomats who have immunity The uproar in India over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York is growing. Indians are protesting […]

Poverty nation: How America created a low-wage work swamp

For decades, both parties supplanted a push for higher wages with well-intended public aid. The result: calamity 2013 is the year many Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor. It turns out it’s also the crisis of the welfare poor. That’s tough for us: Americans notoriously hate welfare, unless it’s called something else and/or benefits us personally. We think it’s for slackers and moochers and people who won’t pull […]

US confirms Indian diplomat was strip-searched

Following reports on the arrest of New-York based Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade (39) last week, which quoted unnamed sources saying that she was “detained with sex workers and drug addicts,” and “subjected to strip and cavity searches like an ordinary criminal,” the U.S. Marshals Service has confirmed that she was indeed strip-searched and “placed in a cell with other female defendants awaiting court proceedings.” However in doing so, the USMS […]

North Korea's top brass commemorates Kim Jong Il's death

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Two-year anniversary marked for death of Kim Jong Il North Korea’s top brass attended ceremony Attention to North Korea after execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle New: More restrictions in North Korea On the second anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, the nation held a memorial in his honor, lauding his life and achievements. During the ceremony, his son, Kim Jong Un […]

South Korea security summit over North execution

South Korea’s president has convened a meeting of security officials after the shock execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s uncle. Ahead of the meeting President Park Geun-hye warned of possible “reckless provocations” by the North and called for increased border vigilance. Last week’s execution of Chang Song-thaek left the region in a “grave and unpredictable” situation, she said. Mr Chang, a key figure, was executed for allegedly planning a […]

India top court reinstates gay sex ban

  India’s top court has upheld a law which criminalises gay sex, in a ruling seen as a major blow to gay rights. The Supreme Court ruling reverses a landmark 2009 Delhi High Court order which had decriminalised homosexual acts. The court said it was up to parliament to legislate on the issue. According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial law, a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offence” and punishable […]

Caroline Kennedy meets atomic bomb survivors in Nagasaki

  STORY HIGHLIGHTS Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tours the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum She meets with survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing, which killed as many as 80,000 Kennedy says her family is committed to nuclear disarmament “President Obama also has been working very hard on this issue,” she says Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, visited Nagasaki on Tuesday, one of two Japanese cities on which the United States […]