Sunday, January 31, 2016
President Vladimir Putin has ratified a law to write off Mongolia’s $174-million debt to Russia, according to a document published on the official Russian website for legal information on Sunday.The bill was signed in Moscow in December 2010 and took six years to go through all stages of pre-legislative scrutiny.Mongolia’s outstanding debt to Russia was a major hurdle for deeper investment cooperation between the two nations. Russian companies seek to increase their presence in Mongolia’s construction and mineral production markets. The July 2010 deal between Moscow and Ulaanbaatar cleared the way for Russian business and guaranteed $3.8 million as a one-off repayment from Mongolia.
Malala and Muzoon Almellehan - Syrian children need an education – rich countries must give $1.4bn to pay for it
Although we are from different countries, Pakistan and Syria, we both know what it means to be denied education because of wars and conflicts. We share a deep hope to see all Syrian refugee children back in school, so that their dreams and gifts are not lost to the world for good.
We first met in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, where Syrian girls as young as 12 and 13 are being married off to older men. For these girls’ families, marriage is seen as a way to protect their daughters from poverty and violence.
Among refugee families living in Jordan, rates of child marriage have doubled in the past three years,and most of those girls will never go into a classroom again.
Five years ago, things were very different for our sisters. Before the war in Syria, all children could attend 12 years of school for free, and the country had a 90% literacy rate.
We have been doing our best to persuade parents and girls that education is the best way to protect their futures.
In a few days’ time, we will step forward to persuade world leaders of the same thing. We will go together to the Supporting Syria conference in London to remind our leaders that the future of these children is in their hands. Without significant increases in funding, thousands of Syrian young people will remain out of school again this year.
Every year that’s missed will cost them dearly in terms of lost opportunities for themselves, their families and their country.
Border countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq are opening their doors and their schools to Syrian children, but they don’t have resources to help every child. The world’s richest countries encourage refugees to stay in the region instead of coming to Europe, while not providing the funding border countries need to deal with the crisis.
To help every child affected by the Syria crisis to get into school this year, rich countries must give $1.4bn. This sounds like a lot, but the cost of inaction is far higher. Experts say we risk having an entire “lost generation” of Syrian children.
The children of Syria are not lost. But they are waiting. They are waiting for world leaders to make and keep bold commitments that match their own determination.
While leaders struggle to find a political solution to the crisis, the best hope for Syria’s future is right here, waiting on the school steps. Five years into the conflict, young refugees stand ready to rebuild and reclaim the future for themselves and for Syria. Education is the most important investment we can make in Syria’s children, the country’s future and stability in the region.
The path is clear and the resources available. It will come down to a matter of choice.
We cannot afford to lose a whole generation of Syrian children. And they refuse to be a generation lost.
She’s a policy expert—and she’s offering smart, in-depth solutions to America’s challenges.“ It’s not just that she’s done her homework—Mrs. Clinton has done her homework on pretty much any subject you’d care to name.” She’s spent her life fighting to make life better for working Americans.
“ Her lifelong fight for women bolsters her credibility in this area, since so many of the problems with labor law hit women the hardest, including those involving child care, paid sick leave, unstable schedules and low wages for tipped workers.”
She was a phenomenal secretary of state.
“ She was the secretary President Obama needed and wanted: someone who knew leaders around the world, who brought star power as well as expertise to the table.”She isn’t afraid to stand her ground—but she knows how to build consensus to get things done.
“ Mrs. Clinton has honed a steeliness that will serve her well in negotiating with a difficult Congress on critically important issues like climate change.”
The Times isn’t the only paper to enthusiastically back Hillary.
She’s also earned the endorsement of the Boston Globe. The best reason to support Clinton isn’t the weaknesses of her opponents; it’s her demonstrated strengths and experience.”
And Iowa’s Des Moines Register, Iowa Starting Line, and Iowa Press-Citizen:
“ True inspiration doesn’t come in chanting slogans, waving signs or enjoying a candidate’s soaring speech. Real inspiration happens in the real lives we change through progress born out of grueling, hard-won fights.”
Iowa Starting Line And in New Hampshire, she has the support of the Concord Monitor, Portsmouth Herald and Foster’s Daily Democrat, and the Keene Sentinel:
“ No contender’s resume can come within miles of matching Clinton’s. She’s ready to take up the nation’s top job on day one and her knowledge of domestic issues and foreign policy is encyclopedic.”
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Pakistan's Wahabi Regime - Christian protest on decrease of reserve seats in Local body governments in Punjab
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