• Pakistan’s ‘Love us or else’ Strategy0

    07/01/2017 Aparna Pande As the Trump administration finalizes its policy towards Afghanistan, a series of articles and speeches (by key Pakistani officials) are once again putting forth the argument that a friendly Pakistan is indispensable to American success in Afghanistan. According to this argument, Washington needs to reassure Pakistan, and that attempts to coerce or

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  • Is So-called Islamic State Gaining Strength in Pakistan?0

    July 01, 2017 Madeeha Anwar WASHINGTON  Faced with a series of terror attacks, Pakistan is fighting back against Islamic State-affiliated militants after repeatedly claiming that Islamic State has been unable to establish a foothold in the country, analysts say. “Pakistan no longer denies IS’s presence as it used to,” Michael Kugelman, deputy director and senior

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  • Gulf crisis set to escalate1

    By James M. Dorsey The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore Monday’s deadline that it complies with demands that would undermine Qatari sovereignty and humiliate Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at a time that he is riding high on

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  • From growth-less jobs to jobless growth0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 30 June 2017 Twenty five years after the overnight launch of the ‘economic reforms’, the nation now has an opportunity and need to review the entire process. The state of the economy now should give the government and the nation the confidence to do it lest India should well go downhill just as

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  • Untouchable, Dalit Nepalese Women Entered in Main Political Stream0

    By Hari Prasad Shrestha There are two classes of people in Nepal, one is the upper castes and class, which is high and forward, and another is the indigenous or rearward group — all those other than the people of the upper caste. The majority of diffident communities come from the population of indigenous groups

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  • Being South Asian is as great a risk factor for stillbirth as smoking0

    We need to change the way we monitor the pregnancies of women born in South Asia to reduce their chance of a stillbirth. from www.shutterstock.com Miranda Davies-Tuck, Hudson Institute; Euan Wallace, Hudson Institute, and Mary-Ann Davey, Monash University* Australian women born in South Asia are more likely to have a stillbirth than other women, perhaps

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  • Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Belt, and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor0

    By Muhammad Adil Sivia During the 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit held in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 9, 2017, Pakistan along with India became full members of SCO. Created on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai, the main focus of the organization is countering three evils of terrorism, separatism, and extremism. The members of the

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  • Gulf Crisis Stalemate Fuels Fears In Muslim Asia0

    By James M. Dorsey Vulnerable Asian states are bracing for possible pressure to back a Saudi-UAE boycott of Qatar as efforts to mediate an end to the almost month-old Gulf crisis seemingly stall and Saudi Arabia and the UAE struggle to rally credible Muslim and international support for their campaign against the recalcitrant Gulf state.

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  • Economic disorder? Indian opposition decides to boycott the BJP government’s GST launch!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff A nationwide Goods and Services Tax (GST), set to come into effect on Saturday, has faced criticism for its complex design. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on June 29 Thursday asked opposition parties such as Congress and the Left to reconsider their decision to skip the midnight GST launch tomorrow saying they were

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  • India-Maldives Relations: A Tale Of Two Concerns0

    By N Manoharan Though small, the Maldives is India’s important neighbour. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Maldives “a valued partner in the Indian Ocean neighbourhood” and said India-Maldives “ties are built on a very strong foundation” the contours of which “are defined by shared strategic, security, economic and developmental goals.” However, the bilateral

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  • Amit Shah’s temple visit shows up BJP, EPS ties for what it’s worth0

      N Sathiya Moorthy Even without Shah’s TN visit and the rest, the increasing bonhomie between the BJP and the AIADMK factions in the state have become more visible than ever before in the post-Jaya era, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Despite loud protests to the contrary, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah’s visit to the Sri

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  • The new geopolitics of the Uyghur movement0

    By Giancarlo Elia Valori Jun 28, 2017 Recently the Uyghur organizations abroad are increasing pressures to convey the image of China as a “State of torture”. We do no certainly want to deny that the Muslim population in Xinjiang, which at the time of Mao’s Long March was simply called “the Western Region”, does not

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  • Amid tension in the Arab world, Qatar signs $ 12 billion deal to buy F-15 jets from the USA! Some issues!0

    28 June 2017 -Dr. Abdul Ruff The Foreign policy of President Trump is slowly but steadily working to increase its arms sale to the world.  The advantages of arms trade for the USA without any expenditure on US part are great. Upon his visit to Saudi Arabia that resulted in tensions in the Arab world

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  • ASIAN NATIONS NEED TO PUT CHINA ON NOTICE0

    It is becoming increasingly apparent that China is suffering from sort of superiority obsession, imagining that  it can dominate and conquer the world and it is adequately clever to do so. Several acts of China in the past prove such an approach which has been well noticed by  the Asian nations, who now feel apprehensive

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