On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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User: newstrust Topic: Human Rights
Category: Human Rights Around the World :: Pakistan
Last updated: Dec 17 2018 04:59 IST RSS 2.0
 
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In a ‘stunning rebuke’, UN Human Rights Council rejects Saudi membership bid 14.10.2020 Raw Story
Human rights groups hailed the snub to Saudi Arabia, which deals a blow to the kingdom’s attempts to improve its image in the international community. “The #HRC elections today delivered a stunning rebuke to #SaudiArabia under Mohammed bin Salman,” tweeted Bruno Stagno, a deputy executive director at Human Rights Watch, referring to the country’s crown […]
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A Pakistani father's ordeal: China seized his Uighur son and sent his daughters to an orphanage 25.9.2020 LA Times: Nation

China's oppression of Muslims reaches beyond Xinjiang into Pakistan. Why does it stay quiet?

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The Radical Views Behind Facebook’s New Oversight Board 14.5.2020 NewsBusters
Facebook’s new Oversight Board has been criticized as too liberal and too international to decide on American content. The current structure of the board ensures that. Fifteen of the 20 board members are from outside the United States. Facebook has committed to having only one member from the U.S. on five-person panels ruling on American content restrictions. That means 80 percent could well be ...
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Pakistan arrests Pashtun rights leader critical of military 28.1.2020 LA Times: Nation

Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, 28, has repeatedly demanded that Pakistan's security forces be held accountable for extrajudicial killings and kidnappings.

‘Critical Moment’ as two key architects of CIA torture program testify under oath in Guantanamo Bay 22.1.2020 Raw Story
“Torture is never justified and anyone who uses it must be held to account.” Human rights groups marked a significant “moment of reckoning” on Tuesday for the U.S. torture program used by the CIA following the attacks of September 11, 2001 as the two psychologists who developed the program arrived in Guantanamo Bay to testify under oath. […]
A diplomat with a history of voicing concerns set to testify in impeachment inquiry 21.11.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
David Holmes is a top staffer at the U.S Embassy in Ukraine. He overheard a phone call between the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and the president in which "investigations" were discussed.
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Trump, Modi vow relentless fight on extremists in mass rally 23.9.2019 Raw Story
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against “terrorism,” vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans. The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an […]
Trump holds mass rally with Indian Prime Minister that was more like a campaign event than official one 23.9.2019 Raw Story
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared themselves united in a relentless fight against “terrorism,” vowing a close, personal alliance in front of tens of thousands of Indian-Americans. The two leaders, like-minded nationalists fond of fiery rallies and skeptical of traditional media, heaped praise on each other in an […]
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Pakistan's Kashmir Leader Says India Has Built 'World's Largest Open Air Prison' Across Border 29.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"India should be stopped and it's the duty of the United States of America," Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider told Newsweek as the United Nations also expressed concern.
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History Runs in Zig-Zags: Crisis in Kashmir, Hope in Argentina 16.8.2019 ConsortiumNews.com
As one door  bangs shut in Kashmir, another opens in Argentina, writes Vijay Prashad. By Vijay Prashad Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research As one door sharply bangs shut in Kashmir, another opens in Argentina. That is the nature of our struggles.…Read more →
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In rare US criticism, Pence urges Saudis to free blogger Badawi 18.7.2019 Raw Story
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged Saudi Arabia to free Raif Badawi, a blogger jailed and publicly whipped for insulting Islam, in a rare criticism of the US ally as he vowed to champion religious freedom worldwide. Speaking to dozens of government ministers who flew in for a conference on religious liberty, Pence offered […]
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Donald Trump Keen to Cover for Mohammed Bin Salman No Matter What He Does As Executions Double in Saudi Arabia, Activists Say 8.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
At least 122 people have been executed by the Saudi government this year as the royal family intensifies a crackdown on dissenters.
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Sri Lanka Muslims Attacked, Forced From Homes 25.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Hundreds of Muslim refugees have been forced to flee Sri Lanka’s west coast following reprisals.
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Why Pakistan Ignores the Oppression of China's Muslims 17.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
When asked about the Chinese government’s abusive treatment of the Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Imran Khan stumbles.
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Uighur dissident in Turkey fights effort to extradite him to China 29.3.2019 L.A. Times - World News

The Turkish government deems Abdulkadir Yapcan too dangerous to attend his own extradition proceedings here.

So instead he appears in court by video link from the detention center where he has been held for three years while he fights efforts to send him to China to face charges that he is a terrorist.

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US and Iranian Hardliners Continue the Suffering 14.3.2019 ConsortiumNews.com
Ann Wright reports on a citizen peace delegation’s recent trip to Iran, which included a meeting with the country’s foreign minister. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News We knew that a CODEPINK: Women for Peace delegation to Iran would wind…Read more →
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The Clinton Administration Solved Its Own Asylum Crisis. Here’s What Trump Can Learn. 25.1.2019 Mother Jones
In January 1993, a Pakistani asylum-seeker drove to the entrance of the CIA’s Virginia headquarters, pulled out an assault rifle, and murdered two of the agency’s employees. A month later, terrorists bombed the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring more than a thousand. One of the perpetrators had also requested asylum. Bill Clinton had been […]
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Reformed Muslim Suspended on Facebook For Criticizing Jihad 13.12.2018 NewsBusters
<p>Zeal for eradicating “hate speech” can go too far on Facebook. Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, a leader in the Islamic reform movement, posted a humorous Christmas video on December 11 mocking jihad. Imam Mohammad Tawhidi, a leader in the Islamic reform movement, posted a humorous Christmas video on December 11 mocking jihad. He was then promptly notified by Facebook that his video was removed and his account was suspended for 30 days, because he “repeatedly posted things that aren’t allowed on ...
Rock ‘n’ roll is dying in Bangladesh 22.11.2018 The Moderate Voice

‘It’s really difficult to live as a rock musician in Bangladesh,“ says Samir Hafiz, a guitarist in the heavy metal band Warfaze. Facebook Mubashar Hasan, University of Oslo The seeds of rock ‘n’ roll culture were planted in Bangladesh during the birth of the country in 1971, after a war for liberation separated this majority-Muslim […]

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India’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Colonial Era Anti-Gay Law 9.9.2018 Outside the Beltway
A significant advance for LGBT rights in the world's most populous democracy.
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