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  • Covid-19 threatens to spark biodefense arms race0

    A new regulatory framework is desperately needed to address emerging biotech dual-use challenges by Christina Lin May 12, 2020 Last month the Donald Trump administration cut US National Institute of Health (NIH) funding to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, the laboratory now embroiled in controversy over the origin of Covid-19. The project was run by EcoHealth Alliance,

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  • Religious tension in India0

    Indian writer Arundhati Roy accused the Indian government of using social unrest during the coronavirus crisis to encourage “genocidal” behavior toward Muslims. Many political experts say Roy’s criticism goes too far. Speaking to DW on Friday, renowned writer Arundhati Roy was scathing in her criticism of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the

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  • Why US outsourced bat virus research to Wuhan0

    by Christina Lin April 22, 2020 US-funded $3.7 million project approved by Trump’s Covid-19 guru Dr Anthony Fauci in 2015 after US ban imposed on ‘monster-germ’ research by Christina Lin April 22, 2020April 22, 2020 The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded bat-coronavirus research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China to the

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  • In Pakistan, ‘great woes befall the state’0

    Even amid a global pandemic and recession, Imran Khan’s regime is driven by petty vindictiveness by Imad Zafar March 31, 2020 Power usually makes people blind and it makes them believe that they will always remain in power, and under this delusion they start thinking of their critics and opponents as threats to their hegemony.

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  • Saudi Arabia to Muslims: Hold off on Hajj0

    This year’s Hajj was meant to take place from July 28 to August 2 by Alison Tahmizian Meuse April 1, 2020  Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj has called on Muslims to hold off on planning the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca while the kingdom – and the world – deals with the Covid-19 pandemic. “Dr Mohammed

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  • President Trump getting a wall in India too0

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    • February 22, 2020

    US President is due to visit India on February 24, but the trip may provide more optics than substance by Saikat Datta February 17, 2020February 18, 2020 Asia Times US President Donald Trump is likely to finally get a wall, but it will be coming up thousands of miles away from the US-Mexico border in

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  • Nothing official about ‘gifts’ to Bangladesh minister0

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    • February 10, 2020

    A key member of Sheikha Hasina’s government is embroiled in a controversy over undeclared gifts, which has shown that few officials ever hand over gifts that they receive By Faisal Mahmud   Asia Times   10 February 2020 Aside from the Bangladeshi president and prime minister, very few government officials have been listing the gifts they receive

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  • The changing face of Myanmar’s raging Rakhine war0

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    • January 31, 2020

    Photo: YouTube/Arakan Army promotional video Nation’s most volatile and fast shifting armed conflict complicates China’s Belt and Road ambitions By Anthony Davis, Bangkok 31 January 2020 Historically ethnic conflict in modern Myanmar has been a glacially slow-moving disaster, debilitating the nation’s politics while shifting only incrementally from one decade to the next. In 2019, the

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  • Reimagining Pashtun nationalism in Pakistan0

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    • January 27, 2020

    By Rahim Nasar 27 January 2020 In Pakistan, agreeing on a single Pashtun-centric narrative is a major dilemma. This is where conflicts of interests and principles begin. The structural interference of powerful institutions and assurance of limited political and electoral interests make nationalist rhetoric even more troubling. As a result, young Pashtuns with political and

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  • Sri Lanka diplomatic pendulum swinging back?0

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    • January 20, 2020

    New interest in India, while China for years has been widening its footprint with transport projects By AT Contributor, Colombo Sri Lanka and India vowed to strengthen military ties and widen maritime links with neighbors after security talks, the president’s office said Sunday, as China’s economic clout increases in the region. China, a long-time regional

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  • Bangladeshi lawmakers want extrajudicial killings0

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    • January 20, 2020

    The demand by a few parliamentarians that the police be allowed to kill rapists without a trial has led to a furious debate By Faisal Mahmud, Dhaka 20 January 2020 Extra-judicial killing is not new in Bangladesh. What is new is a campaign by elected lawmakers in Parliament to legitimize killings by the police that

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  • India’s ominous threat to Rohingya Muslim refugees0

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    • January 17, 2020

    By Phelim Kine 17 January 2020 The tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to India to escape widespread and systematic violence and discrimination in Myanmar face an existential threat from a new source: India’s government. Early this month, a senior government minister announced that Indian authorities would move expeditiously to deport the

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  • Bangladesh court orders arrest of journalist0

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    • January 17, 2020

    Matiur Rahman, editor of the Prothom Alo daily, is an outspoken champion of freedom of expression By AT Contributor 17 January 2020 A Bangladesh court Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the country’s most respected independent newspaper editor after a student was killed at an event organized by a sister publication. Matiur Rahman, editor of

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  • A rape in India every 15 minutes: government data0

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    • January 16, 2020

    Government has released annual data that reveals a rise in attacks against women By Varalika Mishra, New Delhi 15 January 2020 In India, a rape is reported every 15 minutes, according to recently released official government crime data. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data from 2018 has stark revelations about crime in the country.

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