• Bangladesh: European union’s limp response to mass extra judicial killings0

    Once again, European Union diplomats in Bangladesh have failed to take a firm position on the Bangladesh government’s egregious human rights record. On June 4, the EU heads of mission in Bangladesh, along with Norway, issued a ridiculously weak responseto the government’s policy of killing over hundred alleged drug traders. Instead of describing the deaths

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  • Bangladesh – Satellite tender 1: US bid winner not meet tender requirements0

    by David Bergman Sunday, May 13, 2018 Satellite tender 1: US bid winner not meet tender requirements The Bangladesh government has in the last few days launched the country’s first satellite, named Bangabandhu-1. Back in May 2012, I wrote a series of three articles for the Bangladesh daily newspaper, The New Age about how the whole

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  • India’s Mizoram snubs Yoga Day as ‘anti-Christian’0

    Pro-Hindu Prime Minister Modi calls on nation to rejoice in celebration of national identity but some claim cultural bias Yoga enthusiasts mark International Yoga Day at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on June 21. Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors were set to sprout all over the world as the annual event was held for the

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  • India women: Anti-trafficking activists raped after staging street play0

    22 June 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jharkhand has been in the spotlight after three teenagers were raped and burnt alive Five Indian anti-trafficking activists performing a street play were gang-raped at gunpoint in the eastern state of Jharkhand, police have confirmed. The women were forced into cars and raped in a “secluded

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  • Cops Turn Cow Protectors And Beats A Muslim Man To Death In U.P0

    in India — by Countercurrents.org — June 23, 2018 Image Courtesy Live Law – http://www.livelaw.in/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Beef-Ban-Cartoon-min.jpg Killing people on suspicion of possession or trading of beef continues unabated in India. In yet another case related to suspicion on cow slaughter, the Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh (U.P) police thrashed a meat trader Mohammad Salim Qureshi alias Munna so badly that he succumbed

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  • The Lessons China Taught Itself: Why the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Matters0

    Publication: China Brief Volume: 18 Issue: 11 By: Abigail Grace June 19, 2018  CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping chairs the 18th Meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao China’s changing political landscape and the recent accession of India to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) marks the

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  • Islamic State Emboldened in Afghanistan0

    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 12 By: Farhan Zahid June 14, 2018  IS-K forces (Source: Newbranch.com) From its establishment in September 2014, Islamic State’s arm in Afghanistan, its Khorasan province entity (IS-K), found itself the target of attacks by Afghan Taliban forces and strikes by the U.S. military in conjunction with the Afghan security

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  • How Caste Hatred Turned Tamil Nadu’s Kachanatham Bloody 0

    On May 28, eight Dalits from the village of Kachanatham were hacked with knives and sickles by members of a caste Hindu family – despite the Dalits having asked for police protection just days before. Kachanatham village. Credit: Jeya Rani Jeya Rani 22/Jun/2018 “Is it really authentic? There are many doubts about it….” “This is

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  • Three Countries Are Protecting More Than Half of the World’s Refugees0

    Media reports continue to focus on the mass movement of refugees to European nations, while in reality, most of them are moving to other non-European countries. Representative image. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Jan Egeland World 22/Jun/2018 Oslo: Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year. Never before has the world

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  • At the Wheel: Women Drive Pakistan’s Ride-Sharing Industry0

    By Ambreen Ali • JUN 21 2018 Why you should care Ride-sharing companies are hiring more and more female drivers. Pakistan 30.375321° N, 69.345116° E view map 197,015,955Population Multiple, including UrduSpoken Language $5,354GDP Per Capita IslamabadCapital City Riffat Sheraz stands out in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, as she rides on her motorcycle with a man

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  • Pakistan’s Water: A Political-Economy Perspective0

    June 20, 2018 By Farid Alam (This article originally appeared, in longer form, in Hilal, the magazine of the Pakistan Armed Forces. It is reprinted by permission.) Pakistan receives average rainfall of not more than 250mm per year, making it one of the most arid and most water-stressed countries on the planet. A 2016 WaterAid

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  • By the Numbers: Freedom of Expression and Voter Turnout in Afghan Elections0

    June 20, 2018 By Fahim Ahmad Yousufzai Elections in Afghanistan, a hallmark of Western aid to that country, have been marred repeatedly by voter fraud. With the next round of parliamentary elections now delayed until October, fixing Afghanistan’s voter registry is an increasingly urgent priority for the Afghan government. But the success of democratic governance

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  • India’s Indo-Pacific Embrace0

    By Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy      21/6/2018 Synopsis India’s perspective on peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific was outlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visits to New Delhi’s maritime neighbours – Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Commentary THE INDO-PACIFIC was the focus of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to three nations in Southeast

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  • Supporters demand release of Sri Lankan Buddhist monk0

    Fellow monks claim govt trying to silence leader of hard-line Sinhalese nationalist group ‘Buddhist Power Force’ Buddhist monks stage a peaceful protest in Colombo on June 18 seeking the release of Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera from prison. He was ordered to serve six months of rigorous imprisonment and pay damages for threatening the wife of a missing journalist. (Photo by Quintus Colombage/ucanews.com).

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