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  • Sri Lanka’s constitutional crisis explained0

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    • November 9, 2018

      By The Editors  30 October 2018 What you need to know about the political crisis in Colombo. Photo derived from: presidentgovlk/Flickr and president.gov.lk Sri Lanka faces an unprecedented constitutional and political crisis following President Maithripala Sirisena’s move to dismiss Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his stead on 26

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  • Bhutan: The dragon bites its tail – Part I, II and III0

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    • November 3, 2018

    The dragon bites its tail – Part I BY KANAK MANI DIXIT 16 OCTOBER 2018 FROM THE ARCHIVES: A longform piece on Bhutan’s Lhotshampa question [1992]. (This article was first published in our July-August 1992 print issue. Click here to read Part II and Part III of the article.) Travelling east on the highway from Siliguri to Guwahati, looking north,

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  • Hindutva in Chicago0

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    • October 27, 2018

    BY SLOK GYAWALI 26 OCTOBER 2018 The World Hindu Congress in Chicago and the Hindu right’s plans to rebrand their ideology. Delegates at the 2018 World Hindu Congress in Chicago, US. Photo: worldhinducongress.org Were it not for the statuette of a cow outside the adjoining Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, it would be impossible to distinguish the Westin

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  • Book Review: Shards of memory – The harsh light of Kashmir reflected in new fiction0

    BY FRENY MANECKSHA 15 OCTOBER 2018 The harsh light of Kashmir reflected in new fiction Photo: Kashmir Global / Flickr In the mounting heap of blood-soaked images, I have a recurrent dream about Kashmir: a night filled with desolation and toxic smoke. I hear women wailing in the distance. The ground is abysmal and shaky. The

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  • Book review: Killed by contract – American wars, Nepali bodies and the price of the war economy0

    By Noah Coburn 8 October 2018 American wars, Nepali bodies and the price of the war economy. Photo: PACAF / Flickr During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, tens of thousands of Nepalis and other Southasians migrated to conflict zones to take part in the United States’ war efforts. Some worked as security guards, others

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  • Bangladesh: Shahidul Alam – Lessons in unlearning0

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    • October 13, 2018

      The eye that challenged the status quo Alisha Sett In 1993, Shahidul Alam, a Bangladeshi photographer, wrote a letter to the managing director of the World Press Photo awards, asking her to consider changing the name of this renowned photographic association to Western Press Photography. It seemed evident to Alam that, although the photos

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  • Afghanistan’s election dilemma0

    BY THOMAS RUTTIG 4 OCTOBER 2018 Afghanistan is under-prepared for robust elections, but postponement could cause further instability. Photo: camafghanistancam / Flickr With just over a fortnight to go for Afghanistan’s next election, many Afghans are still wondering whether they will be able to vote, and if so, what exactly they will be voting for. Though parliamentary polls

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  • Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest – disaster waiting to happen0

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    • September 27, 2018

    Oiled sanctuary BY LALON SANDER AND NAUSHAD ALI HUSEIN 27 September 2018 Why the Sundarban oil spill was a disaster waiting to happen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Kallol Mustafa The Southern Star VII left port early in the morning, riding the low tide towards the sea. It was still dark when the tanker, laden with 357,000 litres of

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  • Maldivian IMDb: Elections 20180

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    • September 23, 2018

    BY PETER DORSET 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 Can the Maldives’ opposition stage a dramatic comeback, or will this election be a continuation of democracy interrupted? Photo: Dying Regime / Flickr The plot On 23 September 2018, Maldivian citizens will go to the polls in only the third multiparty presidential election in the island nation’s history. In a

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  • Bangladesh: Good press, bad decision0

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    • September 23, 2018

    BY CHHETRIA PATRAKAR 22 SEPTEMBER 2018 Inter Press Service, the award, and the Bangladesh PM. Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. Photo: dfid / Flickr Many journalists – especially critical, independent journalists – have grown up reading and writing for Inter Press Service (IPS), which has shaped their journalism. Since its founding, IPS’s attention to the developing world –

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  • Jail time in Bangladesh0

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    • September 21, 2018

    By Khademul Islam     14 September 2018 Shahidul Alam and snapshots from Dhaka Central Jail. Dhaka Central Jail, Keraniganj. Photo: Prison.gov.bd 14 August 2018 Breakfast at the jail canteen is parathas, egg mamlet and veggie daal. It takes me back to my university cricketing days, grabbing lunches at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) canteen

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  • Anand Teltumbde: On India’s rising authoritarian tide0

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    • September 8, 2018

    BY THE EDITORS    Himal Southeastern 3 SEPTEMBER 2018 Photo: dgSolidarity / Youtube On 28 August 2018, homes of several civil-rights activists, lawyers and writers across India were raided by the Maharashtra police for having ‘links’ with Maoists. Of these, five were arrested, in what is seen as a highly controversial, and authoritarian, attempt to silence

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  • Rohingya refugees: Forgotten alleys of the old camp0

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    • September 7, 2018

    BY KAAMIL AHMED 7 SEPTEMBER 2018 How Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh continue to risk their lives in search of a better life elsewhere. Kutupalong camp, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, 2017. All images by Kaamil Ahmed. The key was in finding the tea hut – a low-roofed bamboo frame filled only by a bench, where, in May 2015,

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  • Bangladesh: Shahidul Alam: Eyewitness to an abduction0

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    • September 7, 2018

    BY KHADEMUL ISLAM 31 AUGUST 2018 Activists in Kathmandu demand the release of Shahidul Alam as Southasian leaders, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, arrive in the city for the BIMSTEC Summit. Photo: Sagar Chhetri/photo.circle Dhaka. Sunday 5th of August. A little after 10:00 pm. I was staying the night at my mother’s apartment at Road no.

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