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  • India-BangladeshBorder Killings0

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    • January 14, 2020

    January 14, 2020 Death toll rising on the India-Bangladesh border At least 43 Bangladeshi citizens were killed by Indians in 2019, a threefold increase from the previous year By Faisal Mahmud, Dhaka Bangladesh Minister for Foreign affairs AK Momen on Sunday said both Dhaka and New Delhi want “zero deaths” along the two countries’ borders.

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  • Myanmar continues to make mistakes of the past0

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    • January 14, 2020

    By Maung Zarni 14 January 2020 January 4 marked the 72nd anniversary of Myanmar’s independence from Britain. The civil war in which the country – a patchwork of diverse ethnic regions, with mutually incomprehensible languages, unerasable regional identities and distinct political histories – was born has come a full circle. It is noteworthy that modern

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  • India facing major recession: Nobel laureate0

    Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee said India is ‘extremely close to a tipping point of a major recession’ By KS Kumar 9 January 2020 Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee has expressed concern over the state of the Indian economy and observed it was on the verge of a major recession. He said the government should focus on

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  • India-Bangladesh on a diplomatic tightrope0

    By Faisal Mahmud, Dhaka | January 7, 2020 | Asia Times Fears India’s citizenship act will push more immigrants into the country now hosting Rohingya refugees For the current Bangladeshi regime, maintaining the stance that the formation of the National Register of Citizen (NRC) and the subsequent enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are

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  • Pompeo’s Chabahar ‘gift’ small consolation for India0

    By M.K. Bhadrakumar | January 8, 2020 | Asia Times Sometimes a crisis is needed to judge the efficacy of a country’s regional policies. The US-Iran confrontation is one such moment for India. In retrospect, the India-US meeting of foreign and defense ministers in the 2+2 format in Washington on December 18 stands out as an embarrassment.

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  • Muslims targeted in India’s most populous state0

    Protests against controversial religion-based citizenship law continue to spread across the country By Saikat Datta, New Delhi 4 January 2020 Muslims living in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, are bearing the brunt as protests against the religion-based citizenship law continue to grow across the country. Several reports show that the state’s actions to quell

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi: my fallen hero0

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    • December 18, 2019

    By Mayyu Ali December 18, 2019 There was a portrait hung in my grandpa’s house that was bewitching and fascinating to me as a child. It was flower-beaded around the tiny rigid frame. In the portrait was a woman with an unruly fringe falling across black eyebrows, a flower in hair coiled in a cylindrical

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  • As rage spreads, time to ask what India voted for0

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    • December 16, 2019

    The last six months of the Narendra Modi government have been marred by violence and chaos By Saikat Datta, New Delhi 16 December 2019 As violence and rage spread across India over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), it is time to ask what Indians voted for just seven months ago in the general elections.

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  • India facing ‘great slowdown,’ says economist1

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    • December 16, 2019

    Former Modi government’s chief economic adviser says India’s economy may be headed to the intensive care unit By KS Kumar 16 December 2019 India is battling an ongoing economic downturn, which former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian has described as a “great slowdown” in an academic paper. Subramanian served during Narendra Modi’s first term from

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  • Afghanistan Papers an eerie reminder of Vietnam0

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    • December 11, 2019

    By Vijay Prashad 11 December 2019 Noam Chomsky recently celebrated his 91st birthday. As an homage to Noam, I spent the day with one of his less-known books, The Backroom Boys (1973). The book is made up of two spectacular essays, the first a close reading of the Pentagon Papers. To read this book alongside the trove

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  • Indian economy headed for structural breakdown0

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    • December 7, 2019

    By Ravi Kant December 3, 2019 On November 8, India marked the third anniversary of demonetization, the single biggest monetary experiment in human history to curb black money. Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised India and the rest of the world with the announcement that 500- and 1,000-rupee banknotes would no longer be legal tender. Overnight,

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  • Iran’s strategy toward Arab countries0

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    • November 28, 2019

    By Sajad Abedi November 27, 2019 Iran’s relations with Arab countries have long been subject to change, tension, crisis, even war. Prior to the victory of the Islamic Revolution, Iran’s relations with the Arab countries, especially its neighbors, Iraq in particular, were based on threat indicators. Iran was in the US-led Western-style camp and was

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  • China’s mobile missiles on the loose in Myanmar0

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    • November 28, 2019

    Ethnic rebels unexplained acquisition of Chinese-made FN-6 portable missiles is a political and military game-changer By Anthony Davis, Bangkok 28 November 2019 Myanmar’s seizure last week of a large cache of mostly Chinese weapons from a rebel camp sparked a brief and predictable flurry of nationalist outrage, underscoring as it did the shadowy role of

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  • India’s ‘Act East’ policy falls flat0

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    • November 21, 2019

    By Zhang Hao 21 November 2019 When 16 nations met early this month at a trade summit in Bangkok, hoping to iron out the terms of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) through extensive negotiations, India became the only exception with its surprising withdrawal from the regional trade deal. Officially launched in 2012, the RCEP

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