• Arrested and Killed: Inside the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s War on Drugs0

      With over 200 people shot dead by police since May, Bangladesh is the newest frontline in state-backed drug crackdowns in Asia. Rina Begum holds a photograph of her son Riazul Islam, alleged drug dealer who was killed by police in Tongi, Gazipur, Bangladesh, July 21, 2018. Photo taken July 21, 2018. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Files

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  • United States And Iran: Confrontation Or Dialogue?0

    August 13, 2018 Kaveh L. Afrasiabi The Trump Administration has bracketed the previous Iran containment policy in favor of a confrontational approach based on coercive sanctions aiming to cripple the Islamic Republic and bring about a regime change. Reflected in the United States’ unilateral exit from the Iran nuclear deal, Trump’s Iran policy faces formidable

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  • Rajiv Gandhi’s Foreign Policy: Diplomacy in Tough Times 0

    August 13, 2018 Modern Diplomacy By Antony Clement* The end of the World War II in 1945 gave the birth to Cold War among the two superpowers. The U.S. and the USSR had respectively been spreading their ideologies (Capitalism and Socialism) across the globe. This was continued till the disintegration of the Soviet in 1991.

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  • Bangladesh: Protests Of Students, Need For Caution?0

    August 13, 2018 SAAG By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan A bad motor accident involving the death of two students, followed by violent protests by students, inept handling of the protests by the Government and an indiscreet statement by the shipping and transport minister making light of the accident- all added up to an explosive situation in

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  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Son Has Exposed the Deceit in the Case Against Shahidul Alam0

      Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s Facebook post on the photographer’s arrest is full of falsehood, misrepresentations and faulty analysis.   The Wire Analysis     13 August 2018 Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the Bangladesh prime minister’s son as well as her adviser, has intervened in the debate on the detention of Shahidul Alam, the eminent and internationally regarded

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  • Noose looms large for Sri Lankan drug dealers0

      Activists and religious leaders oppose the government’s decision to hang persistent offenders Many drugs are smuggled into Sri Lanka on fishing vessels. A Sunday school teacher claims her fisherman father is innocent after drugs were found on his boat. (ucanews.com photo) Quintus Colombage, Colombo , Sri Lanka August 13, 2018 Harshi Sudarshani, a Sunday school

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  • Bangladesh: Quota reformers suffer0

    Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Prothom Alo English       Quota reform campaigners are leading a miserable life as many have been mercilessly beaten by Bangladesh Chhatra League men while some have been arrested by the police. Those who had been beaten were even denied proper treatment at the public hospitals. A few others have gone into hiding.

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  • Opinion: Bangladesh has damaged its democratic credentials with the latest crackdown0

    The actions of the ruling Awami League, not its words, speak of state that is autocratic and repressive. Police fire tear gas shells during the students’ protest in Dhaka on August 5, 2018. | Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters Aug 11, 2018  Ikhtisad Ahmed In the following days, these organic demonstrations grew into a peaceful civil disobedience

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  • V.S. Naipaul Courted Controversy at Every Step, But His Voice Was Never Ignored0

    His voice, even though bleak, hollow and ill-informed at times, was his own. In an age where originality seemed to have disappeared, his writing came as a powerful stroke of a master. Nobel prize-winning writer V. S. Naipaul reading at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. Credit: Georgia Popplewell/Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Manan

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  • Imran Khan’s PTI, opposition parties struggle to consolidate their position in parliament0

    Pakistan’s prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and opposition parties struggle to consolidate their position ahead of the National Assembly’s inaugural session on Monday, in which all elected members will take oath of their seats. (AAMIR QURESHI/AFP) AAMIR SHAH  August 12, 2018 Imran Khan’s party has 158 seats in a 342-member National Assembly – short

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  • Bangladesh: As protests subside, authorities are using onerous digital laws to target demonstrators0

    ‘None will be spared’: students fear reprisals over Bangladesh unrest Michael Safi and Shaikh Azizur Rahman Fri 10 Aug 2018 Demonstrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, started as a demand for better road safety and spiralled into a larger expression of frustration against corruption and the government. Photograph: Monirul Alam/EPA The list began spreading from phone to phone on

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  • Who are the Sikhs and what are their beliefs?0

    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. AP Photo/Julio Cortez Simran Jeet Singh, New York University New Jersey’s first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Singh Grewal, was a target of disparaging remarks recently. Two radio hosts commented on Grewal’s Sikh identity and repeatedly referred to him as “turban man.” When called out on the offensiveness of their

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  • ‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear0

      ‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear Uighur men at a teahouse in Kashgar in July 2017. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Gene A Bunin has spent the past 18 months talking to Uighur restaurant workers all over China. These conversations reveal how this Muslim minority feel the daily threat

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  • Bangladesh: NEW GENERATION WANTS JUSTICE0

    Spectacular student resurgence strikes at the core Shahid Islam THEY don’t have a playground to be playful; a quaint park to be dreamy in wandering; any friendly parents and teachers to walk them through the spectacles of a universe that is otherwise divine and dazzling.  Amidst ugly stares of death stalking their lives on way

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