• Bangladesh’s Escalated Anti-Drug Campaign Draws Fire from Rights Activists, Opposition0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka 2018-05-23 Police in Barisal, Bangladesh, present suspected drug dealers who were arrested as part of an intensified nationwide crackdown against illegal drugs, May 23, 2018. BenarNews Bangladeshi rights activists and opposition politicians are criticizing as heavy handed this month’s intensified nationwide anti-drug crackdown in which, police agencies say, officers gunned down

  • At Kumaraswamy’s Swearing-In, Political Rivalries Set Aside For Fight Against BJP0

    With party equations and alliances yet to be ironed out for the 2019 general election, the coming together of anti-BJP leaders at Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in will likely kickstart the battle to counter BJP nationally. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, BSP’s Mayawati, SP’s Akhilesh Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

  • Electoral Tsunami for Malaysia0

    Malaysians recover from the election shock, ending UMNO’s 60 years of power, and prepare for tougher job: ending corruption Philip Bowring Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Tsunami treasure: An electoral upset put the 92-year-old former Premier Mahathir Mohamad back in power; police haul away cartons of jewelry and other luxury items from defeated Prime Minister Najib

  • Managing Change in Myanmar: Policymaking after Dictatorship0

    May 23, 2018 By Matthew Arnold As Myanmar’s fitful democratic transition moves forward, many observers are torn between early, high hopes for the end of military rule and a growing pessimism about wider democratic, economic, and social reforms. In the international community, much of this pessimism is a result of the dire and well-publicized situation in

  • How people become suicide bombers: the six steps to terrorism0

    Anti-terror police guard the house of the family that detonated bombs in Surabaya, Indonesia, May 15 2018. Fully Handoko/EPA   Robi Sugara, Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta Suicide bombings of three churches last week in Indonesia by a couple, Dita Oepriarto and Puji Kuswanti, who involved their children were the result of a long process

  • Religious persecution the new normal in India0

    Religious persecution the new normal in India Fellow democracies that want India in a pan-Asian alliance are turning a blind eye to violence against Muslims and Christians Indian National Congress party activists hold placards and shout slogans against the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Kolkata on



    by N. S. Venkataraman         25/5/2018 In recent times, Tamil Nadu has been in the news for all wrong reasons. A few years back, investors and employees in Kerala and West Bengal, both those residing in the state or from outside the states, were reluctant to invest or seek employment in Kerala and


    by F R Chowdhury     24/5/2018 We see in the history of civilization the lust for power to have control over others. In the old days, the kings and emperors conquered other territories to satisfy their ego and desire for power. In modern days it is not possible to conquer other lands. Now the appetite


    An Islamist shot Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal under blasphemy allegation. About three decades ago, Iqbal’s mother was behind the controversial blasphemy law, which has been vigorously used against liberal Muslims and religious minorities, since its inception. The recent attack shows the level of growing militancy and religious intolerance, which is gripping the Islamic country

  • What to do with Pakistani militant Hafez Saeed? Pakistan and China grope for ambiguity0

    By James M. Dorsey      24/5/2018 Recent remarks by several senior Pakistani officials suggest that Pakistan and China are groping with how to deal with globally designated Pakistani militant Hafez Saeed as the South Asian nation gears up for elections expected in July and risks being next month put on an international terrorism finance

  • Why is the Taliban so strong?0

    MICHAEL KUGELMAN May 20, 201814:12 This past week, the Taliban entered the city of Farah, the capital of a province by the same name located in western Afghanistan. For a brief period, it took over several government buildings before being pushed out by Afghan ground forces and US airstrikes. The offensive marked one of the

  • An American’s letter to Sabika Sheikh0

    Michael KugelmanUpdated May 22, 2018 Dear Sabika, It’s been several days since the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where you, a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student, were among the 10 victims. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about you from media reports and the moving testimonials from your family and friends. You were blessed

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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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