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Thai man jailed for 25 years over royal insult posts on Facebook

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Thai man jailed for 25 years over royal insult posts on Facebook.

A Thai military court on Tuesday jailed a man for 25 years for posting pictures on his Facebook page deemed insulting to Thailand’s monarchy, in one of the toughest such sentences in recent years.

Thailand’s lese-majeste law is the world’s harshest and makes it a crime to defame, insult or threaten the king, queen or heir to the throne or regent.

Since taking power in a May coup, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a staunch royalist, has repeatedly vowed to vigorously pursue royal insult cases and try those perceived to be anti-monarchists.

In the latest case, Tiensutham Suttijitseranee, a 58-year-old businessman, was found guilty of posting defamatory content in a closed-door court sentencing, his lawyer told Reuters.

“The court decided that because he posted five pictures with captions last year that the court deemed defamatory, he would be sentenced to a total of 50 years; ten years for each picture posted, reduced by half to 25 years,” lawyer Sasinan Thamnithinan told Reuters, adding that the term was halved because Tiensutham pleaded guilty.

The court did not allow his relatives and reporters to attend the verdict, she said…

Reverse Brain Drain

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For decades, countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe or countries like China, India or South Korea have witnessed how their economies miss out on the skills of their valuable human capital that lives abroad. The brain drain phenomenon has been around for decades, in a few words it means the migration of highly skilled, trained or educated individuals from one country to another. Unsurprisingly, the predominant pattern of brain drain is characterized by the migration from less developed to more developed countries.

Usually, human capital flight or brain drain is a byproduct of several factors like economics, politics, or security. While some individuals willingly leave their countries in pursuit of better economic or professional prospects, others flee their countries of origin as a consequence of turmoil, political instability or insecurity.

According to data from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Iran has been one of the countries most affected by the brain drain…

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A World of Remittances

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The term “remittance” has been long associated with the following words: migrants and the name of any major money-transfer company. The truth is, the world has been overlooking and underestimating the influence of something that goes beyond what has been thought to be irrelevant or insignificant money transfers. The fact is, remittances are much more important than we actually think they are.

According to the World Bank, by 2016 global remittances will reach a new record high $686 billion, of which $516 billion would go to less developed countries. If we put these numbers into perspective and compare them to other major financial inflows, we reach to the conclusion that remittances are actually three times higher than official development assistance aid, and in many countries (with the exception of China) remittances actually represent a larger share than Foreign Direct Investments (FDI).

Only until recently, our approach to remittances has shifted…

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Why overpraising may be responsible for a generation of narcissistic children – Independent.ie

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Why overpraising may be responsible for a generation of narcissistic children – Independent.ie.

A new study – carried out by Eddie Brummelman and colleagues at the University of Amsterdam – suggests that the constant praising of our children’s smallest accomplishments may have the unintended side effect of creating over-inflated egos.

The study evaluated more than 560 children between the ages of seven and 11 over 18 months. It found that parental overvaluation was the largest cause of narcissism in a child, but did not necessarily provide them with good self-esteem.

So, while we think that telling our children they’re fantastic all the time is building up their confidence, it doesn’t necessarily have that effect.

“People with high self-esteem think they’re as good as others, whereas narcissists think they’re better than others,” said Brad Bushman, the co-author of the study.

“Children believe it when their parents tell them that they are more special than others. That may not be good for them or for society.”

Parents need to be careful. Raising a child who thinks they are superior to others and believes they deserve special treatment can have serious consequences, both in childhood and later on in life…

Respond, Not React

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Awesome

Source of Inspiration

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I choose to respond
rather than react
selecting from unlimited choices
from the highest possibilities
grounded in conscious living

Sometimes–more often now
my response is loving silence
stillness of the soul
centered in knowing
no longer pushed and pulled
by external forces
serene acceptance
of who I am

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Where Terrorism Research Goes Wrong – NYTimes.com

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Where Terrorism Research Goes Wrong – NYTimes.com.

“TERRORISM is increasing. According to the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland, groups connected with Al Qaeda and the Islamic State committed close to 200 attacks per year between 2007 and 2010, a number that grew by more than 200 percent, to about 600 attacks, in 2013.

Since 9/11, the study of terrorism has also increased. Now, you might think that more study would lead to more effective antiterrorism policies and thus to less terrorism. But on the face of it, this does not seem to be happening. What has gone wrong?

The answer is that we have not been conducting the right kind of studies. According to a 2008 review of terrorism literature in the journal Psicothema, only 3 percent of articles from peer-reviewed sources appeared to be rooted in empirical analysis, and in general there was an “almost complete absence of evaluation research” concerning antiterrorism strategies…”

How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Work | Foreign Policy

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How to Make the Sustainable Development Goals Work | Foreign Policy.

“The two of us met for the first time more than a decade ago, in 2003, in the small rural village of Momemo, an hour’s drive and a world away from the urban bustle of Maputo, Mozambique’s capital and largest city. We were there to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of malaria on the lives of villagers in areas particularly hard hit by the disease.

But as we sat outdoors talking with a small group of villagers, the conversation covered a range of issues about the health and well-being of women and children in the village. How early did women marry here? How many children did they have? How many children had they lost to illness? Could they work and care for children severely sick with malaria?

Although the two of us came to that conversation with very different life experiences, we were drawn together by a common mission: enabling a healthier and more productive life for women and children in the poorest countries. Now we’re coming together again — this time to carry the voices of women like those we met in Momemo to a different conversation, one that will affect women everywhere for a generation to come.

As you read this, world leaders are engaged in discussions about a new global development plan that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015…”

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