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  • China: re-engineering the Uighur0

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    • November 7, 2018

    Thursday 08 Nov 2018 |  SYDNEY An ethnic Uighur man has his beard trimmed: religious observances such as having an “irregular beard” have become seen as “expressions of extremification” Business Insider By Louisa Lim  7 November 2018 These chilling words are stated in an internal document, reported by news agency AFP, and encapsulate Beijing’s policy towards its ethnic Uighur

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  • The Rohingya are stuck0

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    • September 6, 2018

    by Nicholas Farrelly     5 September 2018 This is the second of a series of three articles on the Rohingya crisis, featuring Morten Pederson on the domestic drivers of conflict, and Andrew Selth on the potential danger from transnational terrorist networks. Most of the Rohingya who were forced from their homes in Myanmar last year now find themselves stuck, perhaps

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  • The threat within: Pakistan’s ties to China0

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    • September 6, 2018

    The aftermath of a 11 August suicide attack on a bus carrying Chinese engineers in Dalbandin region, Balochistan province in Pakistan (Photo: youtube) BY Adnan Aamir @iAdnanAamir 5 September 2018 Last month, a suicide bomber in Pakistan’s Balochistan province attacked a passenger bus transporting 18 Chinese engineers from Saindak town in the southwest to Dalbandin Airport. The engineers

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  • India: don’t blame WhatsApp for the lynch mobs0

    Thursday 09 Aug 2018 | 10:07 | SYDNEY A victim of one of the mobs.   Photographer: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images By  Niraja Gopal Jayal*   2 August 2018 On 17 July, the Supreme Court of India was moved to condemn the recent spate of lynchings across the country as “horrendous acts of mobocracy … which cannot be allowed

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  • Pakistan: the tough road ahead for Imran Khan0

    By   Adnan Aamir *   6 August 2018 The first major challenge Imran Khan will face as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan is from the opposition parties. In the general elections, his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party managed to win 115 of 272 general seats in the National Assembly. This is short of the 137 seats needed to form

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  • Sri Lanka failing on human rights0

    THURSDAY 02 AUG 2018 | SYDNEY BY   Taylor Dibbert* Sri Lanka’s ethnic tensions remain predictably grim nearly a decade since the end of the country’s brutal 26-year civil war. The Special Rapporteur’s report is another reminder that Sri Lanka’s coalition government has performed terribly. A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion

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  • India: a “major power” still below its potential0

    by Alyssa Ayres*     25 July 2018 India is ranked a “major power” in the Lowy Institute’s new Asia Power Index. The Index sifts through more than 100 indicators across eight different measures to create a unique ranking of the relative power of 25 Asian countries. And for New Delhi, the analysis by and large looks good, with

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  • Kashmir: walking the line0

      BY       Stuti Bhatnagar*       7 June 2018 Perhaps the biggest casualty of the current state of India–Pakistan relations has been Kashmir, where issues regarding territory, autonomy, and cross-border confrontations have been a long-standing flashpoint between the two countries. Recent times have seen total disregard for the 2003 ceasefire at points known as the Line of Control, which

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  • Gunfights” in Bangladesh0

    Gunfights” in Bangladesh Members of Rapid Action Battalion, RAB, in Dhaka, Bangladesh BY    Syed Badrul Ahsan*    13 June 2018 In the past three weeks, no fewer than 130 people have died in what Bangladesh’s security forces have described as “gunfights”. The police and other forces, such as the Rapid Action Battalion, used this term to

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  • Rohingya: UN takes a cautious step forward in Myanmar0

    BY    Aaron L Connelly     @ConnellyAL      7 June 2018 For months, Myanmar has sought a deal with the United Nations, to validate its assertions that is prepared to facilitate the “safe, voluntary, and dignified return” of Rohingya refugees in camps in Bangladesh. In an arrangement struck late Thursday night, two UN agencies agreed

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  • The Indian Ocean Base Race0

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    • February 15, 2018

    Joint Chinese-Djibouti naval exercise, 2015 (file image courtesy PLAN) By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-14 [By David Brewster] It seems that we are in the middle of a base race across the Indian Ocean. The latest move, reported on Tuesday, involves an agreement to give India access to naval facilities in Oman, close to the Strait of Hormuz. This

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  • China’s New Network of Indian Ocean Bases0

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    • February 2, 2018

    Gwadar Port (file image) By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-01-31 18:52:00 [By David Brewster] According to recent reports, China may be about to construct a naval and air base near Gwadar, in west Pakistan. This would be China’s second base in the Indian Ocean and indicates that it may be moving fast to establish a network of

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