Nepal’s Ongoing Challenges.

Oct 7, 2015 by

Reconstruction, development, politics and freedom of religion. By Rev. Dr. Bal Krishna Sharma. Nepal is going through a very challenging time. The massive earthquake of 25th April 2015 devastated the country with destroying about eight hundred thousand houses and more than 14000 lives were lost and more than 25000 people injured. The traumatic pain of people is evident in their activities. The national and international responses were overwhelming for rescue initiatives. Many national and international organizations have pledged and provided resources for restoration of this destroyed infrastructure, but the implementation of this is not functioning well. Affected people are eagerly waiting for help and that is delayed. Affected people somehow managed to survive in the raining season, and now the harsh winter is approaching and how people are going to survive is an issue of concern. The government, general public, NGOs and INGOs and other humanitarian organizations and international...

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Planned Parenthood President Made 39 Visits To Obama’s White House Since 2009

Oct 4, 2015 by

By Brittany M Hughes, CNS: Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, head of the taxpayer-subsidized abortion giant currently facing a firestorm for allegedly selling body parts harvested from aborted babies, has made personal visits to the White House 39 times since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, White House records show. According to online records on the White House website, Richards first visited the White House on Jan. 20, 2009 — the same day Obama first took office. Since then, Richards has met with Obama alone at least three times and First Lady Michelle Obama at least twice. She also met with president and his wife together another four times. Richards also met four times with David Plouffe, Obama’s senior adviser from 2011 to 2013. Following Plouffe’s resignation in 2013, Richards met with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett five times between mid-2012 and the beginning of 2014. Since 2009, logs show Richards...

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Popping the bubble of objectivity

Sep 27, 2015 by

by Michael Cook, Bio Edge: Several leading liberal/progressive social psychologists have launched an initiative called Heterodox Academy to foster more political diversity in social science. A paper outlining their arguments has just been published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences (link to PDF). The spokesman for Heterodox Academy is Jonathan Haidt, of the Stern School of Business, New York University, an often-quoted psychologist of morality. Over the past 20 years, a number of social psycholoigsts have pointed out that “everyone in the field is on the left, politically”. This is not healthy, as it turns the discipline into an echo chamber, undermining its credibility and validity. There is a surprising level on consensus on the existence of this bias, as the commentaries on their paper attest. Even Harvard’s Steven Pinker says “Political bias has indeed been a distorter of psychology”.  Heterodox Academy wants to identify “how this situation...

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David Cameron ignored Tory MPs – and his mum – over legalisation of gay marriage

Sep 25, 2015 by

by Ian Johnston, Independent: David Cameron ignored the almost “universal advice” from Conservative colleagues to drop his support for legalising gay marriage – despite coming close to being ousted as Tory leader over the issue, according to Lord Ashcroft’s biography of the Prime Minister, Call Me Dave. Even Mr Cameron’s mother, Mary, who is a magistrate, said “I know, but David just won’t be told” when asked about the negative reaction to the idea from Tory voters, the Daily Mail, which is serialising the book, reported. MPs voted to legalise gay marriage in February 2013 but fewer than half of Conservative MPs backed Mr Cameron on the issue and he relied on support from the Liberal Democrats and Labour. Graham Brady, Tory MP for Altrincham and Sale West and chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, was quoted as saying: “Pretty much the universal advice of any colleague who spoke...

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Conservatism can no longer cohabit with nihilistic neoliberalism

Sep 24, 2015 by

By Gerald Warner, Breitbart: […]  That is the plain truth of the matter: we have reached a point where everything that conservatives value is threatened less by Corbynista neo-Marxism than by rampant neo-liberalism. Is anyone certain, any more, what “neo-liberalism” means? In the 1980s it was shorthand for a worldview that looked to the freeing up of enterprise and the rolling back of the state to make people prosperous. Conservatives could go along with that: the enlargement of the role of the state had been the consequence of post-War Marxist hard totalitarianism in Eastern Europe and social democratic soft totalitarianism in the West. Liberation from those straitjackets was a universal conservative aspiration, so it was natural for conservatism to find economic neo-liberalism congenial and adopt it as an instrument of wealth creation. The fact that this alliance was first implemented, with spectacular success, in Chile under Augusto Pinochet testifies...

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Franklin Graham criticises White House guest list for Pope party

Sep 21, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: A row over the guest list for a party to welcome the Pope to the United States is threatening to overshadow his visit to Cuba. Evangelical leader Franklin Graham has criticised as “disgraceful” and “inappropriate” the decision to invite gay episcopal bishop Gene Robinson along with gay and other activists to the White House reception to be hosted by President Barack Obama on Wednesday. Graham accused President Obama of pushing a “sinful agenda”. His criticism follows concerns raised by the Vatican about the guest list, which adds up to nearly 15,000 people in total. Graham, President of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, wrote on hisFacebook page: “It’s wise of the Vatican to question President Obama’s guest list for the Pope’s visit next week—that list should raise a lot of eyebrows!”  Those invited to the Pope’s welcome celebration include transgender activists, the first openly...

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