• Deciphering Trump’s Termination Of The Iran Nuclear Deal0

    May 10, 2018 Arab News   By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh* The world was watching closely as President Donald Trump announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. The US government, during the Obama administration, and the Iranian regime were the two most

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  • Dalai Lama And The Panchen Lama Quarrel: The Way For Rapprochement With China1

    May 10, 2018 Modern Diplomacy By Dr. Andrea Galli* The last month or two have been a busy time for geopolitics. While Western leaders convened in Washington to discuss the potential trans-Atlantic trade war and the possibility of a conventional war against Iran in support of Israel, Korean leaders got together in the demilitarized zone

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  • Malaysia’s first new government in six decades revels in a shocking victory0

    Scott Edwards, University of Birmingham In an shocking upset, the coalition that has ruled Malaysia for all 61 years since independence, Barisan Nasional (BN), has lost power. It was ousted by a coalition of four parties, Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), whose combined seats amounted to a parliamentary majority. Its candidate for prime minister, 92-year-old

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  • All eyes on India’s key Karnataka election1

    Bitter campaign ends with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi declaring that victory could see him become PM next year Congress president Rahul Gandhi rides a bicycle in Malur on May 7 during his campaign for the Karnataka state election. (Photo by AFP) Nirendra Dev, Bengaluru India May 11, 2018 The heat is on for the May

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  • How The Saudi Royals Turned Trump Into Their Tool0

    Ben Freeman and William Hartung     May 11, 2018 Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch. It’s another Trump affair — this time without the allegations of sexual harassment (and worse), the charges and counter-charges, the lawsuits, and all the rest. So it hasn’t gotten the sort of headlines that Stormy Daniels has garnered, but when it

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  • The threat of war between Israel and Iran0

    Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios The conflict between Israel and Iran has entered new territory after Iran launched rockets at Israeli targets in the Golan Heights for the first time, and Israel responded by striking “nearly all” of Iran’s military sites in Syria, according to the Israeli military. What to watch: The longer the situation remains on

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  • China and India play tug-of-war over Nepal0

    The mountainous border between Nepal and China. Photo: Xinhua/Tashi Tsering via Getty Images Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Nepal on Friday intent on keeping the small South Asian country away from China’s grasp. The big picture: Nepal is located between the two Asian giants. It has historically been closer to India, a fellow

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  • Husain Haqqani: ‘Pakistani military fears ethno-linguistic identities’0

    Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, is a fierce critic of his country’s military establishment. In a DW interview, Haqqani calls for a “reimagining” of Pakistan’s Islamic state ideology.      DW: In your recently published book, Reimagining Pakistan, you said that Pakistan should be a secular state. Is it really attainable? Husain Haqqani:

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  • Bangladesh: Protect Freedom of Expression0

    Repeal Draconian Section 57 but New Law Should Not Replicate Abuses by Human Rights Watch       9/5/2018   Police in Bangladesh have registered hundreds of complaints under the Information and Communication Technology Act, including against authors of social media posts and journalists criticizing the political leadership and the ruling Awami League party.  © 2018

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  • Cholera warning for Rohingya refugees in monsoon0

    Vaccination program continues for up to one million people living in overcrowded and unsanitary Bangladesh camps A medical officer immunizes a Rohingya refugee child at Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on Dec. 4, 2017. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com) Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh May 10, 2018 Aid groups have launched the

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  • Malaysian voters expel Najib government0

    Fed-up voters reject scaremongering and race-baiting, for Najib it’s a humiliating rout Outgoing Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak of the Barisan National party addresses the media after his party lost Malaysia’s 14th general election in Kuala Lumpur on May 10. (Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP) ucanews.com reporter, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia May 10, 2018 Against all odds,

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  • Myanmar on edge after spike in child rapes0

    Good Shepherd Sisters hope to plug holes in govt policy by spreading awareness of legal rights, sex education Activist groups in Myanmar say more needs to be done to protect children from sexual abuse after the number of child rape cases jumped last year. (Photo from Unsplash) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar May 9, 2018 When the

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  • No, the war in Afghanistan isn’t a hopeless stalemate0

    Afghan Northern Alliance fighters in 2001. Almost two decades later, the war continues. AP Photo/David Guttenfelder Robert M. Cassidy, Wesleyan University The war in Afghanistan has become so protracted that it warrants the epithet the “Groundhog Day War.” Fighting has gone on for nearly 17 years, with U.S. troops in Afghanistan seven years longer than

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  • Why Jonathan Swift wanted to ‘vex the world’ with Gulliver’s Travels0

    An ad for cotton thread drawing on the scene in Gulliver’s Travels in which Gulliver is tied down by Liliputians. Wikimedia Ian Higgins, Australian National University In our series, Guide to the classics, experts explain key works of literature. Pick up Gulliver’s Travels expecting a children’s book or a novel and you will be unpleasantly

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