• Release wrongfully arrested journalists immediately: Fortify Rights0

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    • December 16, 2017

    Thompson Chau 15 Dec 2017 Photo: EPA FORTIFY Rights, a Thai-based non-governmental organisation, has issued a press statement criticising the Myanmar government’s arrest of two Reuters journalists in “mounting crackdown on media”. This is the latest criticism from media organisations, human rights groups and the international community against the government’s detention of the two reporters

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  • Progress and Peril in North Waziristan0

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    • December 16, 2017

    Michael Kugelman December 11, 2017 Last month, I had a rare opportunity to visit North Waziristan, a Pakistani tribal region blessed with rugged beauty, yet cursed with a long history of conflict. Long a haven for terrorists, both local and foreign, it’s been described as the most dangerous place on earth. My visit was eye-opening

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  • What Do U.S.-Pakistan Tensions Mean For India?0

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    • December 14, 2017

    BloombergQuintOpinion Michael Kugelman @MichaelKugelman December 12, 2017 On Dec. 4, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis made a quick trip to Islamabad. His whirlwind visit did little to ease the current tensions in U.S.-Pakistan relations. Islamabad is smarting about Washington’s new South Asia strategy, which demands Pakistan stop supporting militants on its soil — a demand

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  • In Afghanistan, Gender Not Always Indicator of Support for Women’s Rights In Afghanistan0

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    • December 14, 2017

    December 13, 2017 By Tabasum Akseer and Fahim Ahmad Yousufzai During a meeting last week with female lawmakers on the role of women in state-building and government, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared that “discrimination against women is not our culture.” There is a robust relationship between the strength of democracy, gender equality, and security. This

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  • The Joys and Tribulations of Producing Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj ke Khiladi’0

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    • December 14, 2017

    By Sidharth Bhatia on 13/12/2017 Ray was a Renaissance Man, obsessed with every aspect of filmmaking. A still from Shatranj ke Khiladi. Sometime in 1977, I saw the film Shatranj ke Khiladi in Bombay’s Regal cinema. It was an afternoon show and if my memory is right, the second day after release. The vast balcony

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  • ‘Sometimes We Wonder If You Have Forgotten You Are the Prime Minister of This Country’0

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    • December 14, 2017

    By Kiran Nagarkar on 13/12/2017 Author Kiran Nagarkar, in his open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asks about his silence on crimes against Muslims and the practice of curbing dissent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI Dear prime minister, Greetings. We are all in awe of your energy, your single-mindedness of purpose and the

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  • Pakistan’s Military: The Fire Brigade and the Arsonist?0

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    • December 14, 2017

    December 14, 2017 | Bennett Seftel Photo: John Moore/Getty Tensions that mounted during a deadly, Islamist protest in Pakistan last month were resolved not by the country’s civilian government, but by leaders of its military and intelligence agency. The incident was another reminder of who really holds the reins in a tumultuous nation that the

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  • A U.S. Citizen Suspected of Joining ISIS Has Been Held for Months Without Charges or a Lawyer0

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    • December 14, 2017

    The Supreme Court ruled in 2004 that Americans get due process when accused of terrorism, and yet… Scott Shackford|Dec. 12, 2017    Asmaa Waguih/Polaris/NewscomAn American citizen has been held in Iraq as an enemy combatant for several months, and the federal government has refused to reveal his name or to give him access to a

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  • SRI LANKA’S HISTORIC MISTAKE TO “GIFT” HAMBANTOTA PORT TO CHINA0

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    • December 13, 2017

    In governing a country, it is necessary that the government should pay due consideration to the long-term implications of its decisions. Sri Lanka government’s decision to handover the Hambantota port to China is a classic instance of a government taking a decision, without viewing the long-term implications, that can prove disastrous for the country in

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  • The Ugly Reality of Caste Violence and Discrimination in Urban India0

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    • December 12, 2017

    by Ashwini Deshpande on 11/12/2017 Data on caste-based violence in metropolitan cities confirms the grim reality that sits at odds with the narrative of an aspiring global superpower. People shout slogans as they protest atrocities against Dalits in Mumbai. Credit: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui A mention of violence against Dalits on account of their caste readily bring forth

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  • The Time When Hindi Journalism Turned Into ‘Hindu’ Journalism0

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    • December 12, 2017

    By Krishna Pratap Singh on 11/12/2017 The period of VHP’s belligerent build-up to the Babri Masjid destruction saw the rise of a mainstream ‘kar sevak’ media which destroyed the very fundamentals of journalism by becoming an active participant in furthering intolerance. File photo of Babri Masjid. Credit: PTI Twenty five years after the demolition of

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  • Quetta’s Hazara: The community caged in its own city0

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    • December 12, 2017

    By Secunder Kermani BBC News, Quetta 12 December 2017 Close to 1,000 victims of militant attacks are said to be buried in the cemetery of the Mari Abad district of Quetta. Some of the graves are clustered together, where family members have been buried side by side. The district in south-west Pakistan is almost entirely

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  • The battle between Bangladesh’s two begums is over0

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    • December 11, 2017

    But under Sheikh Hasina, the country is growing more authoritarian Dec 7th 2017 THE battling begums, Sheikh Hasina Wajed and Khaleda Zia, used to alternate in power with metronomic regularity. Both laid claim to aspects of Bangladesh’s founding myth. Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of the “father of Bangladesh”, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first president.

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  • Long Term Plan: The Core of CPEC0

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    • December 11, 2017

      The LTP is the most detailed long-term plan that has ever been proposed for Pakistan, and its ramifications for the economy are deep and broad. Contrary to the image of CPEC as an enterprise involving roads and power plants, the LTP shows that the real nature of the engagement with China that is about

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