Arundhati Roy Speaks Out on Kashmir, Husain Haqqani Caught in Memo Scandal | Nov. 14 – 18, 2011

Bhutanese prayer flags flying in the Himalayas. Credit: Steve Evans

Bhutanese prayer flags flying in the Himalayas. Credit: Steve Evans

Life moves fast. News moves faster. Raising temperatures threaten the glaciers surrounding Bhutan, solar power will bring electricity to rural Bangladesh and Pakistani cricketers will appeal their fates.

Speech of Freedom Renowned activist and writer Arundhati Roy condemned the international community’s lack of attention paid to India’s “brutal” occupation of Kashmir. “Kashmir is one of the most protracted and bloody occupations in the world — and one of the most ignored,” she said at a speech at the Asia Society in New York City. [Dawn]

Ice Ice Maybe Climate change is taking its toll on the Himalayan nation of Bhutan, as rising temperatures threaten the glaciers surrounding it. As they melt, the water runs off in such quantities that natural ice dams may not be able to hold it back. Although workers struggle to expand lakes that would receive this water, the harsh winter will stop them short, making devastating floods a real possibility. []

Solar System Around 630,000 homes in Bangladesh may gain access to electricity, through a fund from the World Bank’s International Development Association. The $172 million credit facility will support solar power and renewable energy sources in rural areas, and adds to a prior project, “which aims to install solar power systems on more than 1 million rural Bangladeshi homes and businesses by 2012.” So far, 300,000 homes have received solar power systems. [CleanTechnica]

No-Balls, Huh? Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir will appeal their spot-fixing sentences in London starting Nov. 23. Both were found guilty of  ”conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments based on orchestrating no-balls against England, at Lord’s, in 2010.” Butt received a two-and-a-half year sentence, while Amir, received two six-month sentences. [CricInfo]

Passing Notes Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, is in hot water as a secret memo to U.S. Adm. Mike Mullen went public this week. Although Haqqani denies his connection to the note, which asks the U.S. for assistance “reigning in” the Pakistani military, the implication that he was working with the Americans to take down the Pakistani military could have devastating effects on his career. [AP]

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