• Pakistan: Will The Tail Wag The Dog? 0

     June 18, 2018 SATP   By Ajit Kumar Singh* For decades now, the Pakistan establishment, including both political parties and the military leadership in pursuit of their own agendas, have propped up and exploited Islamist extremist and terrorist formations. Increasingly, however, these radical groups are realizing their own power and capacity for mass mobilization and, instead

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  • Rohingya Leader Killed in Bangladesh Refugee Camp: Police0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Jesmin Papri and Abdur Rahman Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh 2018-06-19 A Rohingya volunteer guides fellow refugees upon their arrival at the Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia, a sub-district of Cox’s Bazar district in southeastern Bangladesh, Jan. 21, 2018.  AP A Rohingya leader who had criticized ARSA insurgents and often interacted with

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  • Behind the Scenes of India’s Response to the East Pakistan Crisis of 19710

    An extract from ‘Intertwined Lives: P.N. Haksar and Indira Gandhi’ by Jairam Ramesh. Indira Gandhi and P.N. Haksar. Courtesy: Nehru Memorial Library Jairam Ramesh BOOKS DIPLOMACY HISTORY POLITICS 18/JUN/2018 Within a few days of taking over, Indira Gandhi faced a crisis of epic proportions on India’s eastern border with Pakistan. From the midnight of 25

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  • Kashmir Ceasefire Is Dead, Now Brace for More Violence0

    The Ramzan ceasefire was a reluctant attempt by the BJP at coalition appeasement, which has failed miserably. A file photo of soldiers taking position near the Line of Control in Poonch. Credit: PTI Happymon Jacob 18/JUN/2018 Exactly a month after it was announced, the government of India has called off the cessation of proactive counter-insurgency operations in

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  • Fears of violence loom large ahead of Indian election0

    With Narendra Modi’s BJP-led government facing multiple demons, religion may take center stage in the 2019 polls Congress party activists burn an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest against a fuel price hike in Jalandhar on June 7. (Photo by Shammi Mehra/AFP) Kay Benedict, New Delhi  India June 19, 2018 National elections in India are

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  • Dictatorships begin with taking over media, warns pope0

    Individuals are also tempted to destroy by spreading scandalous news, Pope Francis said during Mass Pope Francis leads Mass for the meeting of the missionaries of mercy in St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican on April 10. (Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP) Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service  Vatican City June 19, 2018 All dictatorships begin the

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  • Teachers’ uniform offends Muslims at Sri Lanka college0

    Rights groups fear issue could tear communities apart but others see it as isolated incident Sri Lankan Muslim women offer greetings in this July 2016 file photo. Muslim teachers at a Tamil Hindu ladies college are causing a storm for wearing Muslim attire. (Photo Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP)   ucanews.com reporter, Colombo Sri Lanka June 19, 2018

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  • Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansion0

    Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansion book by Humphrey Hawksley; review by Susan Froetschel 19/6/2018 China ranks 11th among countries with the most coastline, well after Indonesia, Russia, the Philippines and Japan. Supported by the US-led international security and trade rules, China has steadily risen to

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  • Bangladesh Blocks News Website for Hours0

    BenarNews staff  Washington    2018-06-18il This screen grab shows a notice by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) “ordering” the blocking of the news website bdnews24.com, and which was published by the website on its homepage, June 18, 2018. BenarNews The Bangladesh government blocked the country’s first online news portal for a few hours Monday,

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  • In Depth: The Ganna That Prevailed Over Jinnah0

    With pending dues of Rs 22,000 crore, sugarcane farmers in the country continue to suffer as the Centre’s package to ‘address the current crisis’ proves thoroughly inadequate and misdirected. The Wire takes a deep dive into the sugarcane crisis. According to sugar mills, dues have remained pending as the selling price of sugarcane, due to

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  • China and India’s border dispute is a slow-moving environmental disaster0

    Development is peaking in the high country between India and China. Vinay Vaars/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Ruth Gamble, La Trobe University Chinese and Indian competition on their shared Himalayan border is more likely to create a slow-moving environmental catastrophe than a quick military or nuclear disaster. The Himalayan plateau plays a crucial role in Asia.

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  • Controversial Sri Lankan Buddhist monk gets jail time0

    Leader of ‘Buddhist Power Force’ has been blamed for a rise in attacks against minority Muslims and Christians Buddhist monk Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera being escorted to a prison bus after his sentencing by Homagama Court on June 14. (Photo by S. Kumar/ucanews.com) Quintus Colombage, Colombo  Sri Lanka June 15, 2018 Controversial Sri Lankan Buddhist monk

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  • India’s strategic vision amid disorder order: Urgent need to redress the voids0

    Modi in his address indicated that India seeks a robust engagement with all major powers – viz USA, China, Russia and Japan and added that the ASEAN bloc was the critical entity for India’s ‘Act East’ policy. The change in semantic to the Indo-Pacific is an acknowledgement of India’s own relevance in the extended maritime

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  • Shujaat Bukhari, A Hero Martyred0

    English language journalism in India has produced many great editors, but few heroes, and no martyrs. Now it has produced both. Shujaat Bukhari. Credit: The Wire Prem Shankar Jha 16/JUN/2018 Death has shadowed Shujaat Bukhari’s family since the first days of the militancy in Kashmir. I first met him in 1992. He was then the correspondent

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