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22 May, 2015

Don Futterman: How to destroy American Jewish support for Israel — Haaretz

By Don Futterman While young minority activists across American college campuses are rejecting Israel and isolating their Jewish classmates, Israel has chosen a government of settlers and religious extremists. Add to that the Jewish community’s ambivalent response to liberal or progressive Jewish students who question Israel’s policies, and we may be creating the perfect storm […]

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22 May, 2015

On World Day, UN warns global cultural diversity ‘under attack’

Paris, (UNESCO media release) 21 May 2015 – As the planet’s cultural diversity comes under continued attack from militant groups espousing virulent forms of intolerance, the international community must fight back through openness and acceptance of the world’s myriad traditions, the United Nations cultural agency declared today. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="188"] more…

22 May, 2015

Second Etihad-funded study dissects U.S. airlines’ open-sky subsidies gibberish

Abu Dhabi, (Etihad Media release) - 22 May 2015 -- Despite claims by the Big Three U.S. airlines, the market for air travel from the U.S. to the Indian Sub-Continent has expanded significantly from 2009 to 2014 with U.S. airlines and their European partners actually flying 223,000 more passengers during more…

19 May, 2015

Australians lose over $80 million to scams in 2014, mostly via online dating

Canberra (ACCC media release) May 18 news release -- The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Targeting Scams Report reveals that 91,637 Australians scam complaints were made to the ACCC last year, with $81,832,793 reported lost. “This Fraud Week, the ACCC is urging consumers to ‘Get smarter with their data’ as stolen more…

19 May, 2015

China seeks more balanced growth via new Gross Ecosystem Product index

Beijing, (People's Daily Online)  May 18, 2015 - Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP), is a concept that complements and contrasts with GDP. It puts a price on the natural environment and tells people the value of the products and services that nature offers. Urban GEP is a creation of Yantian district in more…

18 May, 2015

U.S. Labour Unions highlight annual income gap: Workers $36,000, CEOs $13.5 million

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2015 -- As Americans rally behind initiatives to raise pay for working families, CEO pay for major U.S. companies has skyrocketed. According to new AFL-CIO Executive PayWatch data, CEO pay increased nearly 16 percent in 2014, while Walmart and the Walton family continue to drive inequality nationwide. The more…

18 May, 2015

California Forum on Health Effects of Cell Phones and Wireless Technology

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-May 14, 2015-An Expert Forum on Cell Phone and Wireless Risks will be held at the Commonwealth Club of California on June 22nd from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Co-organized by ElectromagneticHealth.org and Environmental Health Trust, the focus will be on the special risks to children and other vulnerable populations more…

18 May, 2015

Gallup Global Survey: U.S. Leadership Loses Ground in Africa, Asia

by Julie Ray

WASHINGTON, D.C. (www.Gallup.com) May 14, 2015 -- Although the leadership of the U.S. earned the highest approval ratings of any major world power asked about in 2014, approval of U.S. leadership dropped to a new low in Africa last year, and tumbling support in Central Asia erased the big gains more…

17 May, 2015

China opens hotline for the disabled

(Xinhua) BEIJING, May 14 -- China opened the 12385 hotline to provide consultation and guidance for disabled people, according to the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF). The hotline offers details on disability-related laws, regulations, judicial explanations and department-specific policies as well as guidance on rehabilitation, education, employment, poverty relief and cultural more…

17 May, 2015

Accepting criticism can make your job more enjoyable, research study shows

Montreal, QC (PRWEB) April 25, 2015 - Getting that corner office with the great view might make work life more fun. Getting a raise might make a job more enjoyable. Even better coffee in the break room might make the workday more pleasurable. Here’s something else that will improve our more…

17 May, 2015

Aviation, railways to top Chinese PM’s agenda for Latin America

Beijing, (China Daily)  May 14, 2015 - China will sign aircraft, currency and agricultural deals during Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Latin America next week. In addition, work will start on a feasibility study of plans for a transcontinental railroad project involving China, Brazil and Peru that will link the Atlantic more…

17 May, 2015

Israel Blocks Catholic Peace Movement Secretary-General Entry to Palestine

BETHLEHEM, May 16, 2015 (WAFA) - Pax Christi International, a global Catholic Peace movement, deeply deplored Israel's refusal to grant its Secretary General entry to Palestine to attend the World Assembly and 70th Anniversary Celebrations that took place in Bethlehem on May 13. “Refused entry into Palestine/Israel by the Israeli authorities, more…

16 May, 2015

PATA 2015 events in Leshan and Bengaluru: What India can learn from China

The Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi is in China this week for an official visit. He no doubt will see just how far ahead China is of India on just about every aspect of development. Anyone who travels through the world’s most populous country cannot but be impressed by more…

16 May, 2015

Chinese Commentary: U.S. needs to work on own human rights record first before blaming others

By Zhu Junqing

Beijing, (Xinhua) May 13, 2015 - The United States, a self-proclaimed human rights watchdog, needs to examine itself critically and improve its own human rights record before blaming other countries for their violations. The UN Human Rights Council reviewed the U.S. human rights record Monday and found that the "preacher of more…

15 May, 2015

Arabs strike back: Etihad-funded study exposes US$71.5 bln in U.S. airline subsidies

Abu Dhabi, May 15 (Etihad Airways media release) -- Research commissioned by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has quantified a range of government and court-sanctioned benefits and concessions received by the three biggest US carriers, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines Group, and more…

14 May, 2015

The downside of Myanmar’s tourism boom, and 11 simple tips to stem the rot

Bangkok - Regional and international ecotourism experts are to convene for a May 19-21 conference in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar to discuss ecotourism in protected areas. According to the publicity material, topics include using ecotourism to finance nature conservation, transboundary heritage trails and much more! Before reaching for the sky, Myanmar more…

13 May, 2015

Risky drinking rising amongst women of higher income, education – OECD report

Bangkok -- Changing lifestyles and increasing upward mobility amongst women is leading to a new kind of gender equality -- women are becoming just as heavy drinkers as men. A report on harmful alcohol use in the OECD countries, released by the Paris-based organisation on May 12, says, "People with more…

12 May, 2015

“Tourism is NOT just a holiday”: Indian NGOs blast “flawed” Draft Tourism Master Plan 2015

New Delhi, May 10, Media Release by the Bengaluru-based NGO Equations - A coalition of 35 Indian non-government organisations has blasted the draft national tourism policy 2015 released by the central government as paving the way for a complete privatisation of the country's tourism industry, with scant regard being paid more…

11 May, 2015

Still no ASEAN brand logo at ATM Dubai country pavilions

Dubai - Malaysian Tourism Minister Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz has publicly provided his official commitment to ensure that all ASEAN member countries display the ASEAN logo at their country pavilions at future travel trade shows worldwide. He made this pledge at the Malaysian press conference in his more…

10 May, 2015

U.S. airlines’ “subsidies” allegations show American corporations cannot be trusted

The U.S. airlines’ dossier pointing fingers at the Gulf airlines over alleged subsidies and anti-competitive actions is so parochial and pathetically flawed that it does not deserve the respectability being showered on it. Indeed, it is a reflection of U.S. corporate hypocrisy, a clear indicator of how the Americans react more…

10 May, 2015

Antitrust: European Commission launches e-commerce sector inquiry to probe market abuse

Brussels, 06 May 2015, European Commission - Press release - The European Commission has today launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector in the European Union. The inquiry, as announced by Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in March, will allow the Commission to identify possible competition concerns affecting European e-commerce more…

10 May, 2015

In China, right balance needed between traditional and online taxi firms

By Xin Zhiming

Beijing, (chinadaily.com.cn) 2015-05-06 - US-based taxi app provider Uber has been frequently hitting the headlines in recent months for being the target of regulatory crackdowns or law suits with regulators and taxi companies in a number of cities outside the US. In the latest incident, its office in Guangzhou, South more…

9 May, 2015

At ATM Dubai, Gulf carriers in full battle cry against U.S. airlines’ claims of “subsidies”

Dubai – Chief executives of Etihad, Qatar Airways and Emirates are due in Washington DC for May 14 meetings with U.S. government officials to rebut allegations that their airlines are subsidised by their respective governments, giving them an unfair competitive advantage over U.S. airlines and their code-share and alliance partners. [caption more…

8 May, 2015

Southeast Asian Rice Cultures come to life in Bangkok

Bangkok - Performers and scholars from all over Southeast Asia will gather in Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, between 11-14 May 2015 for a special event celebrating the rice cultures of the region. The Spiritual Dimensions of Rice Culture in Southeast Asia looks beyond rice as an agricultural product and provides a more…

7 May, 2015

UN environment chief warns of ‘tsunami’ of e-waste at conference on chemical treaties

United Nations, (UN News Centre), 4 May 2015 – The head of the United Nations body tasked with setting the global environmental agenda today stressed the need to limit the use of dangerous chemicals and to find a solution to the masses of electronic waste building up around the world, more…

7 May, 2015

Smartphone mania drives Chinese families apart

By ZHENG JINRAN,LUO WANGSHU

Beijing, (China Daily), 2015-05-06 - People should switch off their smartphones for an hour every day to prevent the use of mobile apps from eroding family ties and restricting direct communication between people, say researchers. The call was prompted by a survey carried out by Marriage and Family, a monthly magazine more…

7 May, 2015

Thailand launches first campaign specifically to attract more Muslim visitors

Dubai -- Thailand has launched a new campaign to position the Buddhist-majority kingdom as a Muslim-friendly destination and attract a larger share of the rapidly growing market for halal tourism. Launching the campaign at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) on 06 May 2015, Minister of Tourism and Sports Mrs Kobkarn more…

3 May, 2015

Britain’s richest see their wealth rocket during recession

LONDON, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Just days after it was reported more than a million Britons have had to turn to food banks to feed their families, the long-awaited rich-list for 2015 published Sunday reveals Britain's wealthy have become even richer. Recession, what recession, screamed London's Sunday Times (ST) as it more…

3 May, 2015

ADB Report: Toward Better Multimodal Railway Hubs in China

Asian Development Bank media release -- The People's Republic of China has surpassed the rest of the world in building its high-speed rail network in the last 10 years. The country has built nearly 10,000 kilometers of high-speed rail lines since 2007. The development of high-speed rail (HSR) is one of more…

3 May, 2015

EU adopts consular protection rules for European citizens abroad

BRUSSELS, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) on Monday adopted a directive on consular protection for European citizens living or travelling outside the EU. The agreement clarifies when and how EU citizens in distress in a country outside the EU have the right to receive assistance from other EU more…

3 May, 2015

News Analysis: Palestinians count on Asian-African conference to internationalize their cause

RAMALLAH, April 15 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinians are facing severe difficulties and they are eager to see their hope of establishing an independent state on the territories Israel occupied in 1967 come true, according to analysts and observers. Analysts say the Palestinian participation in the upcoming Asian-African Conference scheduled to convene more…