• Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy Is Simply Old Wine in a New Bottle0

    If America goes all-in on Afghanistan and fails, it’ll be easier to walk away. Michael Kugelman July 16, 2017 Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades. On May 31, a truck bomb exploded in Kabul’s heavily fortified diplomatic enclave, killing more than

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  • The Sino-Indian War of 1962 and its Political After-Life0

    By Shivshankar Menon on 17/07/2017 Coming at a time India-China relations are in flux and require a fundamental reset, a new scholarly book provides a useful, if indirect, contribution to how we think about the relationship. Jawaharlal Nehru Interacting with Army personnel at NEFA in 1962. Credit: Photo Division, GOI Amit Das Gupta and Lorenz Lüthi’s The Sino-Indian War of

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  • Parachinar: A Repressed Conflict0

    By Huma Tariq On Friday 23rd June 2017 twin blasts hit the valley of Parachinar the main town of Kurram tribal agency, killing at least 70 people and injuring more than 125 others. The first blast took place around 5:00 p.m. in Turi Market, located on the edge of the recently-designated Red Zone, and the

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  • Sajad Threw Stones, Took to Militancy, But Did Not Lynch Police Officer, Says Family0

    By Mudasir Ahmad on 16/07/2017 Sajad Ahmad, who was killed in an encounter in Budgam last week, went underground on June 29, had been making regular court appearances till then. The ashen walls of the house in Redbugh village of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir where the militants were killed. Credit: Mudasir Ahmad Srinagar: When the

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  • The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare0

    By James M. Dorsey Revelations about two incidents of Gulf-related fake news shine a spotlight on a long-standing psychological war between the UAE and Qatar that preceded the Gulf crisis, as well as the two states’ seemingly repeated and competing interventionist efforts to shape the Middle East and North Africa in their mould. In the

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  • Where From Here, Unity And Government?0

    Sathiya Moorthy 16 July 2017 Come September and the question would be upper-most in the minds of everyone, more than Constitution-making, economy and whatever: “Where from here, the unity Government, the unity of the Government, and possibly, the Government itself?” There is a caveat, thankfully. President Maithiripala Sirisena should convince his so-called ‘rebellious’ MPs to

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  • Hinduism and its complicated history with cows (and people who eat them)0

    Are cows sacred to all Hindus? PRODaniel Incandela, CC BY-NC Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago Just this past June, at a national meeting of various Hindu organizations in India, a popular preacher, Sadhvi Saraswati, suggested that those who consumed beef should be publicly hanged. Later, at the same conclave, an animal rights activist, Chetan Sharma,

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