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  • India’s strategic vision amid disorder order: Urgent need to redress the voids0

    Modi in his address indicated that India seeks a robust engagement with all major powers – viz USA, China, Russia and Japan and added that the ASEAN bloc was the critical entity for India’s ‘Act East’ policy. The change in semantic to the Indo-Pacific is an acknowledgement of India’s own relevance in the extended maritime

  • Shujaat Bukhari, A Hero Martyred0

    English language journalism in India has produced many great editors, but few heroes, and no martyrs. Now it has produced both. Shujaat Bukhari. Credit: The Wire Prem Shankar Jha 16/JUN/2018 Death has shadowed Shujaat Bukhari’s family since the first days of the militancy in Kashmir. I first met him in 1992. He was then the correspondent

  • In Recording, Chilling Proof That Hasina’s War on Drugs Involves Extra-Judicial Killing0

    Phone call first captures single kill shot, then further shots as Bangladesh security forces discuss how to fake gun battle with dead man. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Credit: Reuters Tasneem Khalil SOUTH ASIA 16/JUN/2018 Before his death, Ekramul Haque had three brief phone conversations with his daughter. He made the first call from his

  • Myanmar’s violent road to ‘peace’0

    BY TEACIRCLEOXFORD,  JUNE 7, 2018  Angshuman Choudhury analyses the recent bouts of rebel-military violence in Myanmar and assesses their implications for the peace process ahead. On 21 May 2018, the Myanmar government announced that the third edition of the 21stCentury Panglong Conference (also known as the Union Peace Conference) will be held in mid-June instead of end of

  • I visited the Rohingya camps in Myanmar and here is what I saw0

    A camp for displaced Rohingyas in the city of Sittwe in western Myanmar. Cresa Pugh, CC BY Cresa Pugh, Harvard University Myanmar recently claimed to have repatriated its first Rohingya refugee family. But, as an official from the United Nations noted, the country is still not safe for the return of its estimated 700,000 Rohingya

  • Building lives of young brick makers in Pakistan0

    Bonded labor in slave-like conditions continues to plague the country despite a prohibition Christian True Spirit Bhatta (brick kiln) school at National Bricks 2, a brick kiln in Kasur district Punjab Province. (Photo by  Kamran Chaudhry/ucanews.com) Kamran Chaudhry, Kasur Pakistan June 15, 2018 Neha Rehmat and her siblings make more than 3,000 bricks every day before going

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  • After the ‘abhaya’ row, Tamils can forget re-merger0

      N Sathiya Moorthy     18 June 2018 It is anybody’s guess if the ‘abhaya row’ involving Muslim women teachers in the eastern Trincomallee’s Shanmuga College was motivated, or was only an expression of increasing Islamic traditions across the world. However, in the immediate Sri Lankan context, it has the potential to delay, if not deny,

  • CPEC: Pakistan’s ‘Chinanization’ or Colonization?0

    By Adnan Qaiser     17/6/2018 Adnan Qaiser is a Research Associate at the prestigious Conference of Defence Associations Institute, Canada, with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy. He examines Sino-Pak relations in the emerging new global order and can be reached at a.qaiser1@yahoo.com. It is said that in 1960 when Chinese Chairman

  • Israel adopts abandoned Saudi sectarian logic0

    By James M. Dorsey       16/6/2018 Amid ever closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Israel’s military appears to be adopting the kind of sectarian anti-Shiite rhetoric that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is abandoning as part of a bid to develop a national rather than a religious ethos and promote his yet to be

  • India’s Blood-Filled Kashmir Policy0

    By Ishaal Zehra   15/6/2018 Indian Occupied Kashmir continue to witness bloodshed as Indian forces are indiscriminately and incessantly hunting down the innocent people in the name of so-called search operations. Though the Indian government announced to suspend these operations during the holy month of Ramadan, however, on the second Friday of the Ramadan, heavy shelling

  • United Nations Human Rights Report on Kashmir: Response from India and Pakistan1

    What is the report? United Nations has issued a report which mainly focused on the “situation of human rights in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018. It is the period over which allegations of widespread and serious human rights violations were received, notably excessive use of force by

  • Is Growing Populism threat to Liberal Democracies…?0

    by Muzamil Yaqoob    14/6/2018 Francis Fukuyama, the US-based political scientist, argued in the early half of the nineteen-nineties that with the triumph of western liberal democracy the ideological evolution of humankind is completed. Liberal Democracy, he says ‘is now an ideal for all the states of the globe.’ As many political commentators believe that,

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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