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Protesters Press for Change in Iran

AT the beginning of November, Teachers in Iran went on strike for two consecutive days across 27 major cities in Iran. The action is the second round of strikes since mid-October and is aimed at putting pressure upon the government to carry out educational reforms and end mismanagement. The teachers’ action is also protesting against low wages and the violations of the educational rights of students and minorities.

Palestine: Israel Bares its Fangs Yet Again

TRUCE was announced by Israel and Hamas on November 13, bringing to an end two days of Israeli aerial attacks on Gaza, to which Hamas responded with rocket fire. In the worst violence that Gaza had witnessed in the last two years, at least 15 Palestinians and two Israelis were killed. Endorsing the ceasefire agreement, Hamas stated: “Egypt's efforts have succeeded in achieving a ceasefire between the resistance and the Zionist enemy. The resistance will respect this declaration as long as the Zionist enemy respects it”.

On US Midterm Elections

DONALD Trump, the US president, at a rally organised a day before the midterm elections, stated: “The midterm elections used to be, like, boring. Who ever heard of midterms? Now it’s, like, the hottest thing”. The elections to the US Congress held on November 6 have assumed great significance, because of which, it witnessed a never-before-seen vitriolic campaign. At stake in these elections are the entire seats of the House of Representatives, one-third of the seats of the Senate, governorships of few states and certain state level representative positions.

The Election of Far Right Bolsonaro: Ominous Times in Brazil

JAIR Bolsonaro, a far-right candidate, has won the Brazilian presidential elections with over 55 per cent of the vote defeating the candidate of the Left, Fernando Haddad who secured 44.3 per cent in the country's most polarised elections in decades. Though Haddad won an additional 13 million since the first-round elections earlier this month, they ultimately proved insufficient to defeat Bolsonaro. Nearly 21.17 per cent of Brazilians abstained from the elections, while another 7.43 per cent left their ballots unstamped.

The World Would Be a Better Place without the Rich

Do we need — does progress demand — grand private fortunes?

Cheerleaders for grand fortune regularly make this case. The prospect of becoming phenomenally wealthy, they avow, gives people of great talent a powerful incentive to do great things. The enormous wealth these talented accumulate, the argument continues, propels philanthropy forward and benefits individuals and institutions that need a helping hand.

New Stories of Silk Road: Towards Building a New Community

WHILE collecting the information about the working of Baibuting community in the Wuhan city, we were introduced to interesting facets of organisation of urban life. This urban community with a population of 1,80,000 is served by not just one centre that we were visiting, but by more than 10 community facilities in the region that  serve the varied social and cultural needs of members of this community. The Baibuting community centre we visited was housed in a five storey building with each floor dedicated to different activities.

New Stories of Silk Road: Towards Building a New Community

WHILE collecting the information about the working of Baibuting community in the Wuhan city, we were introduced to interesting facets of organisation of urban life. This urban community with a population of 1,80,000 is served by not just one centre that we were visiting, but by more than 10 community facilities in the region that  serve the varied social and cultural needs of members of this community. The Baibuting community centre we visited was housed in a five storey building with each floor dedicated to different activities.

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