Russia has sought the opportunity to expand its influence in Afghanistan at the expense of the US.
The Afghans have bitter memories of the Russians, given the Soviet invasion and occupation of their country for nearly a decade in the 1980s. During that period, more than a million Afghans were killed, hundreds of thousands injured, with some eight million becoming external and internal refugees, not to mention the extent of the country's physical destruction.
However, times and conditions have changed. The inability of the United States, together with its NATO allies, to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan, following the US-led military intervention in response to the September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda attacks on the US, have opened a new window for a resurgent Russia.
Most people agree that North Korea is a problem. Aside from its nuclear tests, it also stands accused of state-sponsored counterfeiting of foreign currencies, the industrial-scale manufacture and sale of illicit drugs, and even of assassinating its own citizens in foreign countries.
But why is North Korea China's problem in particular? China is North Korea's only major diplomatic ally, but the relationship is fraught with difficulties. How did China get saddled with such a troublesome partner? The history of the relationship runs much deeper than most people realise.
The Bangladesh economy has been one of the top performers in Asia over the past decade, averaging annual growth of more than 6%. Much like Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan during the industrialization of their economies, most of of the growth that Bangladesh has experienced has come from garment exports, which the CIA World Factbook says accounts for more than 80% of its exports.
In a note sent out to clients on Monday, Gareth Leather and Krystal Tan, Asia economists at Capital Economics, wrote that Bangladesh has picked up about two-thirds of China's low-end manufacturing market share in Europe.
A ranking Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) official said the Finance department’s tax reform proposal will help ensure price stability in the country.
Last March, the House of Representative’s Ways and Means Committee approved in principle the first package of the Department of Finance’s (DoF) Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) and decided to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) to study it further.
Finance officials hope that lawmakers will give their thumbs up on the tax reform measure by the middle of this year.
Human rights campaigners voice concern that the Constitutional Court's ruling to limit the government's authority in revoking regional bylaws will prompt regional administrations to issue discriminatory bylaws.
The Constitutional Court’s recent ruling curtailing the central government’s authority to revoke regional bylaws may embolden local politicians to issue more religiously-inspired regulations that are often discriminatory against women and minority groups, human rights activists have said.
The Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) peace panels on Wednesday finally agreed to declare a joint interim ceasefire, a key demand of President Rodrigo Duterte.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier scrapped the peace negotiations with the NDF after attacks on soldiers by the communist armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), which ended its unilateral ceasefire with government last February.
Peace negotiations were however revived following successful back-channel talks.
The 16th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII16) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York from 24 April to 5 May 2017. More than 1,000 indigenous participants are expected to attend the Session, making it not only one of the most culturally diverse United Nations meetings, but also one of the largest public gatherings at the United Nations Head Quarters every year.
The Special Theme this year is: “Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration”. The Declaration, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 13 September 2007, was a historical achievement after more than 25 years of negotiations.
The 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development will be held at United Nations Headquarters from 3-7 April 2017. Chaired by the Ambassador of Qatar, the session will provide Member States with the the opportunity to discuss issues related to the special theme of the session "Changing population age structures and sustainable development".
This year, the Commission is celebrating its 50th session as well as the 70th anniversary of the first session of its predecessor, the Population Commission, which met for the first time in 1947. Representatives of non-governmental organizations had the opportunity to submit written statements and will be given the floor to make oral presentations.
Elections for barangay (village) officials will likely be moved to May 2019 and synchronized with the midterm polls as well as the planned plebiscite on constitutional changes, a ranking House member bared on Sunday.
Rep. Sherwin Tugna of Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption party-list, chairman of the House electoral reforms committee, made the projection following fresh calls from President Rodrigo Duterte and Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno to postpone the barangay polls for a second time.
But unlike last year’s move in which the barangay polls were postponed and incumbents were allowed to served for another year in a holdover capacity, President Duterte wants to scrap the barangay polls in October and appoint barangay officials instead.
The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium, hosted by the Government of the Bahamas and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was held on 21-23 February 2017.
The informal communiqué emanating from the symposium will inform the meetings of the UN oceans conference, high-level political forum on sustainable development, United Nations General Assembly, ECOSOC and UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration.
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