• US Hosts Summits Promoting Democracy But 83 are Missing from List of Invitees0

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    • December 1, 2021

    Image credit: OECD Development Matters Blog 1 December 2021 By Thalif Deen NEW YORK (IDN) — Ahead of state, who presided over an authoritarian regime in Southeast Asia, was once asked about rigged elections in his country. “I promised I will give you the right to vote,” he was quoted as saying, perhaps

    By IDN
  • It Is High Time to End Reliance on Nuclear Armaments0

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    • December 1, 2021

    Image: A photo of the US Army’s new MQ-1C Warrior UAV. Courtesy of US Army | Wikimedia Commons Viewpoint by Jonathan Power 12 November 2021 LUND, Sweden (IDN) — It’s almost twenty-five years since General George Lee Butler made his confessional statement before the National Press Club in Washington—that as commander in chief of

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  • India: Bengaluru Police Make Organisers Cancel Comedian Munawar Faruqui’s Show0

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    • November 28, 2021

    Wire India According to the comedian, this is his 12th show to be cancelled in two months do to pressure from right-wing groups and the authorities. Photo: Munawar Faruqui/Instagram The Wire Staff New Delhi: For the fourth time in the span of 30 days, comedian Munawar Faruqui’s public shows have been cancelled after pressure from


  • Middle Eastern autocrats sigh relief: the US signals Democracy Summit will not change policy0

      James M. Dorsey    4 December, 2021 The United States has signalled in advance of next week’s Summit for Democracy that it is unlikely to translate lip service to adherence to human rights and democratic values in the Middle East into a policy that demonstrates seriousness and commitment. In a statement, the State Department said the

  • Bangladesh: For whom Section 401 tolls?0

    David Bergman December 2, 2021 Khaleda Zia, leader of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in January 2017, attending a special court trying her on corruption cases that resulted in her receiving a sentence of five years imprisonment, that was doubled on appeal. Photo: Mohammad Ibrahim/Alamy Live News The Bangladesh government’s use of a highly potent legal

  • America Should Bet on Bangladesh0

    A boat race on the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Image source: Shutterstock    Bangladesh has major geopolitical value on its own merits, separate from India or any other country. By Anu Anwar, a fellow at Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a Ph.D. student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International

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  • Bollywood Celebrities of Hindutva

    by Bhabani Shankar Nayak  20 November 2021 The Hindi film industry in Bombay has contributed immensely to the growth of peace, solidarity and secular nationalism, and progressive popular culture in India. The actors, directors, singers, artists, producers, and writers of Bollywood have challenged the power and stood behind people and their citizenship rights by upholding

  • Violence against Hindus in Bangladesh and Muslims in India: a case of state failure in one and state inspired, in another?

    by M Adil Khan — 15/11/2021 Image of the recent destruction of Hindu Temple in Comilla, Bangladesh. Source: The Free Press Journal Image of destruction of Muslim properties during the 2020 anti-Muslim riot in Delhi, India. Source: Al Jazeera   In India, the sectarian violence against the Muslims, a minority (213 million or 15.5% of the population), are

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