• Western Accolades Are Egging Autocrats On0

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    • September 17, 2019

    Western Accolades Are Egging Autocrats On The Gates Foundation is giving an award to Narendra Modi. That’s a big mistake. By Azad Essa | September 17, 2019 On Sept. 2, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it was honoring India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts to build toilets and end open

  • Drone Attack Threatens Global Oil Supplies0

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    • September 16, 2019

    By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-15 A drone attack on two of Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities in Saudi Arabia on Saturday has threatened global oil supplies. Saudi Aramco emergency crews contained fires at its plants in Abqaiq and Khurais as a result of the terrorist attacks which have resulted in production suspension of 5.7 million barrels

  • An Indian journalist’s struggle for a free media0

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    • September 16, 2019

    Ravish Kumar wins Magsaysay Award for his efforts to preserve and promote critical, socially responsible journalism Mark Saludes India September 16, 2019 In the age of instant information via social media, an Indian journalist has been working to create a “space for ethical journalism” in the so-called mainstream media. For his “people-centered reporting,” Ravish Kumar

  • Kashmir-Government Detains Farooq Abdullah Under Draconian PSA0

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    • September 16, 2019

    The former chief minister had been under house arrest since August 5. The Wire Staff 16 September 2019 New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, currently a member of the Lok Sabha, has been detained under the Public Safety Act. The PSA allows detention for up to two years

  • India’s Democratic Dictatorship0

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    • September 15, 2019

    September 16, 2019 The Daily Star Shashi Tharoor Amid much fanfare, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has completed a hundred days of its second term. Despite his government’s poor record, Modi remains immensely popular personally. This does not bode well for Indian democracy.    The Modi government’s supporters tout a slew of new repressive legislation—including

  • What is Ashura? How this Shiite Muslim holiday inspires millions0

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    • September 15, 2019

    Noorzehra Zaidi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 15 September 2019 Tens of millions of Shiite Muslims from around the world will visit Iraq on Sept. 10 this year to see the shrines of Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammed, and his brother Abbas on the day of “Ashura.” This annual pilgrimage marks the 10th day of


  • Pitra-Paksha: Remembrance & Observance for Forefathers0

    Prof. Sudhanshu Tripathi 17 September 2019 The fortnight period just prior to auspices Sharadiya Navaratri every year happens to be equally pious as this period is called as Pitra Paksha or a period of two weeks meant for remembering our deceased parents and forefathers and also extending our due service as living mortals according to

  • Sri Lanka: Propriety, thy name is what?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  17 September 2019 Definitely, it is not a sin under the moral code, and even under the law, it is a simple offence, punishable with a fine of Rs 1,000, or a year in prison in the case of default. Yet, for aspiring presidential candidate, and thus president, Sajith Premadasa not to

  • Pakistan’s Skepticism on India’s NFU Policy Stands Validated0

    By: Haris Bilal Malik 17 September 2019 The South Asian region is widely regarded as vulnerable to the threat of nuclear war. This is largely because of the Kashmir issue’s dangerous potential as a ‘nuclear flashpoint’ between India and Pakistan. This is evident in how the use of nuclear weapons is currently being debated at

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  • Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

  • The Kashmiri narrative

    Columbia Journalism Review by Rozina Ali August 28, 2019 In mid-February, a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar killed 44 Indian paramilitary officers in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was the deadliest attack against Indian soldiers in three decades. Dar was from a local village, but the militant group that claimed responsibility

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