• Is Bangladesh moving towards one-party state?0

    The controversial jailing of ex-PM Zia and persecution of dissent raises fears months ahead of general elections. by Faisal Mahmud     Al Jazeera News     Hasina government faces allegations of a concerted persecution of its opponents [The Associated Press] more on Asia Pakistan’s ‘disappeared’: The cost of the war against Talibanyesterday After girl’s rape and killing, fear engulfs

  • Bangladesh polls pose a challenge to regional stability0

    MANOJ JOSHI Election materials burning following attack on a polling station during Bangladesh’s elections in 2014 BANGLADESH BANGLADESH ELECTIONS INDIA-BANGLADESH Elections are expected in Bangladesh soon, as by law they must take place between October 31 and December 31 this year. This is not an easy prospect either for Bangladesh or for its principal neighbor, India. The

  • Going Halal: Balancing Ingredients For Mutual Understanding0

    By Nur Diyanah Anwar Synopsis The move by foreign food chain ‘Subway’ to go halal in Singapore is a commercial, market-driven decision. Yet, it attracted undue reaction on social media. This should instead be an opportunity to bring the different communities together through a better understanding of the respective cultural and religious characteristics. Commentary THE

  • BJP Sacrificed Two Jammu Ministers to Support Hegemony of Kashmir: Jammu Bar President0

    In conversation with Bhupinder Singh Salathia about the reasons for his demand for a CBI probe into the Kathua case, the trust deficit between Jammu and Kashmir, and more. president of the Jammu Bar Association, Bhupinder Singh Salathia. Credit: Kabir Agarwal Kabir Agarwal     17/Apr/2018 Lawyers in the Jammu region, led by the president of the Jammu

  • Muslims Falsely Accused in Mecca Masjid Blast Angry, Disappointed After Verdict0

    “Yesterday, the judge has acquitted all five men accused. Where did the bomb come from then? The sky? The ground? And who carried out this horrible attack?” From R: Nayeem’s uncle, Mohammad Saleem, Abdul Wajid, Dr Junaid. Courtesy: D.V.L. Padma Priya D.V.L. Padma Priya     17/Apr/2018 New Delhi: Abdul Wasey was 18 in 2007, when

  • Protesters march against India’s rape crisis0

    As outrage grows over sexual assaults and murders of minor girls, people question the country’s culture of impunity Thousands of people from different religions hold a candlelight march through Bhopal on April 16 demanding justice for victims of rape in India. (Photo by Saji Thomas/ Saji Thomas, Bhopal India April 18, 2018 Priests, nuns and lay


  • Impact of Pak-China relations on Sino-India relations0

    Sino-Indian relations have undergone significant changes in last five decades. India and China, however, are seen as important emerging powers in Asia. Their relations went through an active phase of rivalry in the years between 1960’s and 1970’s and then towards cooperation for peace, or some may call it Rapprochement policy after the end of


      N.S. Venkataraman For over seven years, civil war has been going on in Syria between the Syrian government and the rebels. Thousands of people have been killed, many more have been injured, and a large number of people have left Syria and sought asylum in Europe. In the civil war in Syria, the Syrian

  • Bhutan’s China Policy0

    Abstract Bhutan and China represent two ends of the international system, one being a small power and the other a great power. The annexation of Tibet by China and Bhutan’s close historical and political affinity with India put Bhutan into a dilemma and force always them to pose a question – ‘how to deal with

  • Sri lanka: A bull, a buffalo and a cart!0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  17 April 2018 JVP’s Anura Kumara Dissanayake may be right in drawing the parallel: that just now, the ‘yahapalana government’ is like a “cart pulled by a bull and a water buffalo, yoked together – and pulling in two different directions”. But then, he too missed the point: where is the man

  • The Saudi Export of Ultra-conservatism in the Era of MbS – an Update0

      by James M. Dorsey        18/4/2018 Edited remarks at The Middle East and the Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University and the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC 18-19 April 2018 There has long been the debate about the

  • Negating Nuclear Bluff0

    Asma Khalid    14/4/2018 The war of words between India and Pakistan’s militaries prove that both South Asian nuclear states are intertwined in a traditional security competition. Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, while delivering the annual Army dinner, stated:”We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to confront the Pakistanis,

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    AUW 10th Anniversary Symposium Schedule

    From Survival to Sustainable Development: Overcoming Challenges for Achieving a Just World. Friday, May 11th 2018 at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh To be held at the Radisson Hotel, Chittagong By all accounts, the earth’s people have never had it better—we live longer and healthier and more productive lives than any time

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