• Trade and inter-dependency can bring peace to South Asia0

    The most potent problems confronting South Asia are terrorism and poverty, which can only be resolved through collective cooperation or through an effective regional organization, writes Majidullah Rasooli for South Asia Monitor. May 18, 2018 By Majidullah Rasooli India has played a significant role in the reconstruction and development of the post-Taliban era in Afghanistan

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  • Sri Lankan monks back president’s extra powers0

    Lines drawn as activists vow to abolish emergency powers but opponents fear it will embolden separatists The late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera holds a microphone at a demonstration in Colombo, Sri Lanka in this 2015 file photo. The mass demonstrations persuaded parliament to pass the 19th Amendment to the constitution, which would curtail the president’s executive powers. (Photo by Quintus Colombage/ucanews.com).

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  • Are dictators on the way out – or on the way up?0

    Natasha Ezrow, University of Essex      14/5/2018 All around the world, democracy is looking shaky. While consolidated democracies are struggling to stay healthy, many flawed ones have turned into outright authoritarian regimes – most notably Russia under Vladimir Putin and Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But the news isn’t all bad: on several continents

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  • The Karnataka Verdict has Given BJP a Clearer Plank for 20190

    The BJP has re-opened its southern gateway by mobilising a latent Hindu vote coupled with PM Modi’s personal campaign that still attracts people, a framework that the party will follow in the Lok Sabha polls. Reverse polarisation worked to BJP’s advantage in 23 high Muslim seats in the southern state. Credit: Reuters Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay 16/May/2018

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  • Bangladesh’s 560 mosques project comes under fire0

    Religious minorities accuse government of deliberate attempt to win votes ahead of national elections A centuries-old mosque is seen here in village in Bangladesh’s northern Thakurgaon district in this May 15, 2014 file photo. Bangladesh’s government is moving ahead with a project to build 560 ‘model mosques’ across the country partly funded by Saudi Arabia,

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  • Crisis Group: The Long Haul Ahead for Myanmar’s Rohingya Refugee Crisis0

    Crisis Group   Report 296 / Asia 16 May 2018 The Long Haul Ahead for Myanmar’s Rohingya Refugee Crisis More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees from brutal military operations in Myanmar are stuck in Bangladesh, with returns to Myanmar unlikely soon and Bangladeshi goodwill being tested. In Myanmar, international partners must be allowed access to northern

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  • The Rohingya Have Fled One Crisis for Another0

    As the monsoon season looms, hundreds of thousands of refugees are living in overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps at risk of an imminent cholera outbreak. By Sophie Cousins*  May 15, 2018 Rohingya refugees in Balukhali camp on January 13, 2018 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images) KUTUPALONG-BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh — Lukia fled Myanmar with

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  • India-China Relations in the Age of Xi Jinping0

    Amid global uncertainty, China’s Xi adopts a conciliatory approach with India’s Modi – a timeout for the two rivals Shyam Saran Tuesday, May 15, 2018 From Doklam to Wuhan: Indian Premier Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet for informal summit at Wuhan eight months after the border standoff at Doklam in 2017 NEW

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  • Kashmir seeks conflict ceasefire0

    Clashes have marred daily life in the Indian Muslim-majority region Indian security personnel react during a gunbattle between security forces and suspected rebels in Srinagar on May 5. (Photo by Habib Naqash/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, Sirnagar  India May 14, 2018 Jammu and Kashmir state has asked the Indian federal government to seek a ceasefire between

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  • Bangladeshi rappers wield rhymes as a weapon, with Tupac as their guide0

    Rapper Skibkhan in the video for ‘Shob Chup,’ which condemns the culture of silence around poverty and inequality in Bangladesh. YouTube Mubashar Hasan, University of Oslo Bangladesh, which became independent from Pakistan in 1971, is a young country. Only 7 percent of the 160 million people in this South Asian country – which is home

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  • Diplomat involved in Islamabad accident leaves Pakistan, confirms US embassy0

      ISLAMABAD: Military Attache Col Joseph Emanuel Hall left for the United States on Monday evening, the US Embassy confirmed. On April 7, Colonel Joseph Emanuel Hall ran a red light and rammed into a motorcycle killing a Pakistani civilian. He was let go by police officials in Islamabad after the accident as the law

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  • Sheikh Hasina Is on the 2018 TIME 100 List | Time.com0

      By Minakshi Ganguly     14/5/2018 I first met Sheikh Hasina in the 1990s, when she was fiercely campaigning to end military rule in Bangladesh. Our last meeting was in 2008, when she was campaigning against another military regime. The following year she became Prime Minister after a landslide election victory. Bearing the legacy of

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  • Protecting the Memory of Maulana Hasrat Mohani, Muslim and Communist0

    Is there anyone in the subcontinent who has remained untouched by the slogan he coined, ‘Inquilab Zindabad’? Maulana Hasrat Mohani (L) with Dr B.R. Ambedkar. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Raza Naeem 13/May/2018 Darweshi-o-inqilab maslak hai mera Sufi momin hun, ishtiraki muslim (Asceticism and revolution is my creed For I am a Sufi believer, and also a

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  • Bangladeshi journalists ‘living in constant fear’0

    Scores of reporters murdered in last 25 years but most cases have gone unsolved or unpunished Journalists in Bangladesh’s Mymensingh city protest over a series of defamation and sedition cases filed against Mahfuz Anam, editor of leading English daily The Daily Star, in this Feb. 16, 2016 file photo. (ucanews.com photo) Rock Ronald Rozario and Stephan

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