Protester disrupts Pakistan prime minister’s speech in Washington – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A protester disrupted a speech by Pakistan’s President Nawaz Sharif at a Washington think tank on Friday, shouting slogans in support of freedom for the Pakistani province of Baluchistan.

A man in the audience at the U.S. Institute of Peace stood up and shouted “Free, Free Baluchistan!” and accused the Pakistani prime minister of being “friends” with late al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, just as Sharif was starting a speech.

Sharif looked up and paused briefly as the man was led away, but did not comment on the interruption.

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Paranoia deepens wedge between Israelis and Palestinians

We think of Jerusalem as a divided city and so it is – its Israeli and Palestinian populations are separated by language, religion, culture, politics and history.

And of course they have different political aspirations and territorial ambitions for the Holy City too.

But at times of rising tensions and rising casualty figures like this, the two populations that normally lead parallel lives share something very profound in common.

They are united by their fears for the dangers their families might face and by the deep urge that’s within all of us to keep our children safe.

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Saudi Arabia could run out of financial assets within five years, IMF warns

Analysts with the International Monetary Fund project that Saudi Arabia will be broke in the next five years if the government maintains current policies

By Beatrice Gitau,

The Middle East’s biggest economy, Saudi Arabia, could burn through its financial assets within five years, amid a drop in oil prices, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.

In its latest Middle East economic outlook report, the IMF said it expects Saudi Arabia to run a budget deficit of 21.6 percent in 2015 and 19.4 percent in 2016.

If oil prices remain as low as they are, and the government maintains current economic policies, Saudi Arabia “would run out of buffers in less than five years,” the Washington-based lender said.

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Trudeau’s bold change pledge was a ruse. But Canada now has a fighting chance

Liberals took up a progressive mantle when the NDP failed to project a vision of environmental and social justice – now it’s up to the public to bend them to their will

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On Monday night many Canadians breathed out a sigh of relief. Then they breathed in a whiff of apprehension. The ousting of the Conservatives was a victory, a rejection of Stephen Harper’s politics of fear and outright hatred. But Canadians now confront a Prime Minister gifted in the art of warm, fuzzy claptrap. They won’t be offered what they dreamed of: that was never an option in this election.

The election’s most revealing poll was scarcely reported by the media. Those voting against Harper – sixty to seventy percent of Canada, a progressive majority holding steady through his decade in power – were asked in late September what kind of change they desired. They answered overwhelmingly: not moderate but ambitious, not incremental but immediate. In other words, most people didn’t just want Harper out: they wanted plentiful jobs, a healthy environment, indeed a far more just and fair country.

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Trudeaumania: Will Canada’s new PM undo damage of Harperism?

By Hadani Ditmars

Like millions of Canadians, I allowed myself to bask in the warm after-glow of our recent federal election – one that saw the triumph of 43 year-old Justin Trudeau and the end of the Harper era.

Who could have resisted the image of the telegenic and triumphant young Trudeau, radiating warmth and humanity – qualities sorely lacking in ex-Prime Minister Stephen Harper- as he strode on-stage to make his victory speech.

Mere weeks earlier, it looked like Harper’s politics of fear and division – his odd but apparently vote garnering insistence on making the wearing of the niqab an election issue, his government’s establishment of a“hotline” to report “barbaric cultural practices” and his call for stripping dual citizens convicted of terrorist acts of their Canadian citizenship – were going to usher in another Conservative government. But October 19th’s victory speech was all about inclusiveness and diversity.

Trudeau spoke of “real change” and invoked the ghost of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier citing his comment on“sunny ways” over divisive politics. He reached out to First Nations Communities – who just enjoyed a precedent setting election of 10 members of parliament- and to Muslim Canadians – who had been targeted by Harper under Islamophobic “anti-terror” policies. He even held out an olive branch to Conservatives – who had targeted him in “attack ads”, calling them “our neighbors”, “not our enemies.”

His statements that “Canada was built by people from all corners of the world, all cultures and all faiths” – and“our enviable inclusive society didn’t happen by accident”– recalled the multiculturalist policies of his father Pierre. These were policies that ushered in an era of internationalism and diversity and one that earned Canada a global reputation as a place where human rights were upheld at home and abroad.

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Indians And Pakistanis Are Using The Hashtag #ProfileForPeace To Send Each Other Messages Of Love

Not today, hate politics. Not today.

By , BuzzFeed India Contributor

Tired of the increasing hate politics between India and Pakistan, Mumbaikar Ram Subramanian started a beautiful campaign yesterday called #ProfileForPeace.

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Syrian refugees among recipients of aid from donated crops

Canadian Foodgrains Bank provides aid around the world

By CBC News

A group of farmers in Saskatchewan are among hundreds across Canada who are making donations of a crop to support international aid, including food for people fleeing Syria.

“It would be hard to imagine what it would be like to be hungry all the time. We never experience that,” Cam Ferguson, who is part of the Naicam-Spalding Growers Project, said. “We take food for granted.”

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