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July 26 was the 44th anniversary of the independence of the Maldives.  Its residents also celebrate almost one year of increased democracy and continue to fear being submerged under the water because of climate change.

The army of Bangladesh is reportedly leaving the CHT, only 12 years after the conclusion of a peace deal with an insurgent group: 

The Gross National Happiness Commission is on the case...

United Nations (PTI): In the aftermath of its historic transition to a democratic constitutional monarchy, Bhutan on Friday informed the United Nations that the government was committed to not only improve the status of women, but also ensure that they have equal status in the society.

If it were shocking that there was little done to stop the war in Sri Lanka before, it is almost astonishing how quickly the messy realities left over have receded into oblivion.  An excerpt from the CNN article:

New York Times article on Tamils in refugee camps.  Just a reminder.



Interesting op-ed from the Globe and Mail. 

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The New Delhi High Court has struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code as it applies to consenting adults. Sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone who made this happen, especially the Naz Foundation for pursuing this case with such dedication. It's unclear yet how the government will respond, especially since leaders of religious outfits throughout the country have already started protesting. But that is tomorrow.

When you steal an election, make it look plausible.  Otherwise, people will say things like this:

One thing, however, is certain. Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year’s Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation’s confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law.

I'm guessing the New York Post didn't run headlines like "TOSS BOGUS ELECTION" circa Bush v. Gore.

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