O
nce upon a time, this is how fairy tales usually begin. This is not a fairy tale, but once upon a time people used to talk about common sense and to think based on common sense. It was never an ideal time, but always when it seemed that the lack of common sense and the evil in us would draw the world in the abyss of self-destruction, common sense woke up and rebelled; most usually in combination with pragmatism.

Published in Europe

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he future of the planet’s oceans is burdened by threats such as climate change, pollution and destructive fishing practices – and the lack of capacities to address these threats – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has said, calling for joint global action to ensure “that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.”

Published in Green Planet

J
une 4, the day when the United Nations is commemorating ‘the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression’, the agonies of the children of Indian administered Kashmir must not go unheard. The rights abuses and trauma faced by the children of Kashmir needs international cognizance and an urgent response.

Published in South Asia

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016 was a sad year for Thailand. The country lost the great monarch and Thai people lost the guiding light. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama the 9th of Chakri Dynasty, ruled the country with love and led it with compassion and commitment to uplift his people out of poverty and illiteracy.

Published in Southeast Asia

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oliticians, policymakers and members of the public have recently given much attention to the government's Thailand 4.0 economic model which aims to make the country ready for a digital economy. However, there remains a range of challenges that will impede the realisation of this lofty goal. Among them are the overall quality of Thailand's education, which is below the global average, as well as the growing inequality in the country's education system.

Published in Southeast Asia

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he world’s six largest pension systems will have a joint shortfall of $224 trillion by 2050, imperiling the incomes of future generations and setting the industrialized world up for the biggest pension crisis in history.

Published in Economy

R
ising income and wealth disparity is the trend likely to most affect the Arab world in the coming years. Polarization of societies could have the second-largest impact, followed by cyber-dependency and climate change. Based on the results of surveys conducted among a group of global experts and businesses from the region, these findings are part of the briefing on the New Economic Context for the Arab World.

Published in Middle East

W
idely acclaimed and criticized at the same time, the judgment in Bilkis Bano’s case is likely to remain enmeshed in Indian public memory for a long time to come. On 4th May, the Bombay High Court apart from upholding the conviction of 11 persons for gang rape and murder convicted seven people including 5 policemen and 2 doctors for destruction of evidence and non-performance of duties. In total, 18 persons were held guilty for the dastardly crime that continues to haunt the public conscience of the country.

Published in International Law
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