• Not Only Khashoggi: License to kill0

    • Blog
    • October 19, 2018

    Not Only Khashoggi License to Kill Larry Diamond      18 October 2018 We must make it clear, not only to the Saudi monarchy but to all the world’s dictators, that they cannot murder their opponents with impunity. “You can’t betray [us] and not get punished for it.  Anyone, even those still alive, will reap

  • India’s Skillful Posturing With the US0

    • Blog
    • October 19, 2018

    Relations between the United States and India have gradually improved, but the world’s largest democracy has an independent streak as seen in two recent cases: First, India signed a multibillion deal to purchase a Russian air-defense missile system thereby risking sanctions approved by the US Congress in 2017. Second, the United States withdrew from the

  • India: why collecting water turns millions of women into second-class citizens0

    • Blog
    • October 19, 2018

    The reality for many women in India. Shutterstock Gayathri D Naik, SOAS, University of London A family in India needs fresh water. But this family can’t just turn on a tap. Instead, the women in the household must walk to fetch it, sometimes travelling miles carrying plastic or earthenware pots, possibly with a child or


  • A gruesome murder bares world powers’ flawed policies0

      By James M. Dorsey  20 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s gruesome murder raises fundamental questions that go far beyond Middle Eastern geopolitics. They go to the risks of support for autocratic regimes by democratic and authoritarian world powers, the

  • Kashmir: When PoK dwellers stand against Islamabad0

    By Nava Thakuria     19 October 2018   For millions of common Indians, Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) functions like a province of Pakistan. It is guessed that nearly 4.5 million PoK habitants happily agree to any proposal from the Pakistan government in Islamabad. With the proximity of religion, the people of PoK seemingly feel comfortable

  • Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East0

        By James M. Dorsey    19 October 2018   A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr.   Growing Western political and corporate reluctance to be associated with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights fundamentally different investment strategies and

  • Nonviolent Afghans Bring A Breath Of Fresh Air0

      By Dr. Hakim Young    18 October 2018 Grade 12th Afghan student Jamila Omary asked, “Do you have any plans to arm yourselves, because of the threats and dangers you have faced?” Iqbal Khyber answered, “No. Though it is easy to buy weapons today, arming ourselves will worsen the war. Weapons will make us less

  • Sir Syed Ahmed Khan – a man of vision0

    by JAVID AHMAD AHANGERR     18 October 2018 As we celebrate the 201st birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan on 17 October 2018—the founder of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), at a time when the whole debate is about nationalism and hyper-nationalism. We are living in a strange time when false narratives are constructed by none

  • Sri Lanka: A RAW deal, yet again!0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 18 October 2018 Whether Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans can live without the northern neighbour India, they just cannot live without naming India’s external intelligence agency, ‘Research and Analysis Wing’, R&AW, popularly known as RAW, for most if not all their woes. This has been proved one more time this week with news

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