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Israel: Neither secular nor democratic

Israel adopts divisive Jewish nation-state law Israel passed a law on Thursday to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, something members of the Arab minority called racist and verging on apartheid. The ‘nation-state’ law, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months …

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Malaysia’s next PM will be Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took the oath with other lawmakers in Parliament today, making the 93-year-old the world’s oldest leader – and one that has beaten the odds with a landslide win in the Malaysian elections and promises for a brighter future that simultaneously deals justice but leaves the past where it belongs. Al Jazeera spoke to Mahathir Mohamad about questionable …

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BJP’s 2019 win to turn India into extremist Hindu state

The Congress leader said that the BJP will write a new constitution that will pave the way for a nation much like Pakistan, where rights of minorities are not respected Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, India will become a ‘Hindu Pakistan’, ANI reported.  “If they (BJP) …

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Is a Bargain Over Global Energy on the Table at the Trump-Putin Summit?

Much of the commentary surrounding the upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, has focused on geopolitics. Will Trump change America’s position on not recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea? Can Putin offer concessions on the Russian position in Syria or Ukraine? Most importantly, will the United States and Russia resume talks on ensuring a …

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How tourism and Diplomacy can change the world

The importance of diplomacy for the U.S. has increased in a multi-polar world, but U.S. diplomacy is on the defensive both at home and abroad. In recent years, many American officials have regarded withholding diplomatic relations as a way to punish countries for actions ranging from human rights abuses, to failure to abide by international law, to specific treaty violations …

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China – India: Building new bridges

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