• Kashmir’s still waters run deep0

    THE ASIAN AGE. | SANJEEV AHLUWALIA Published : Sep 8, 2019 Doing so, he feels, would create the positivity needed to allow the new arrangements to reflect the spirit of the people of Kashmir. Gowhar Geelani calls himself “a storyteller from a place where funerals of the young are political events, mourning is permanent politics and

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  • Rohingya refugees increasingly unwanted in Bangladesh0

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    • September 10, 2019

    Local media have published reports accusing them of being involved in crimes, including drug dealing and armed militancy Stephan Uttom and Rock Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh September 10, 2019 The days and nights have been stressful for Muhib Ullah at the Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar, in southeastern Bangladesh. “It’s tragic for Rohingya that we always

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  • Assam NRC: Workers building camps for ‘illegal migrants’ may end up there0

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    • September 9, 2019

    Reuters . Goalpara | Sep 09, 2019 Across a river in a remote part of India’s northeast, labourers have cleared dense forest in an area equivalent to about seven soccer fields and are building the first mass detention centre for illegal immigrants. The camp in the lush, tea-growing state of Assam is intended for at

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  • Kashmir: how Modi’s aggressive ‘Hindutva’ project has brought India and Pakistan to the brink – again1

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    • September 9, 2019

    Abdullah Yusuf, University of Dundee September 9, 2019 August is immensely important in the history of the Asian subcontinent, marking the month that India and Pakistan gained independence from the British in 1947. Now, in 2019, it has once again proved momentous, when, ten days before India’s Independence day celebrations, prime minister Narendra Modi’s government

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  • Israel’s Arms Sales To India: Bedrock Of A Strategic Partnership0

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    • September 9, 2019

     September 9, 2019 Observer Research Foundation  By Harsh V. Pant and Ambuj Sahu Bilateral relations between India and Israel today stand at a unique juncture. The paradigm shift occurred two years ago, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2017 became the first Indian PM to embark on a state visit to Israel[1] and the two

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  • Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 photographed off Syrian port Tartus: U.S. satellite firm0

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    • September 8, 2019

    (Reuters) – The Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya 1 at the center of a dispute between Tehran and Western powers, which went dark off Syria earlier in the week, has been photographed by satellite off the Syrian port of Tartus, Maxar Technologies Inc., a U.S. space technology company said on Saturday. Maxar’s supplied image shows

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  • Iran tanker: US offers captain millions to hand over ship0

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    • September 8, 2019

    BBC News 5 September 2019 The US state department has confirmed it offered millions of dollars to the captain of an Iranian oil tanker which is at the centre of a diplomatic row. Brian Hook, head of the department’s Iran Action Group, emailed the captain of the Adrian Darya 1 about sailing it somewhere the

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  • In Kashmir, the Indian government is always watching0

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    • September 8, 2019

    Constant monitoring has whipped residents into near paranoia, as drones fly over Friday prayers in mosques and police inspect cameras The revocation of Kashmir’s special status has led to increased surveillance, long a mainstay of New Delhi’s approach to managing the restive state Ahmer Khan  and Adnan Bhat   A Kashmiri boy displays a placard from

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  • Babri Masjid case: Archaeological evidence rules out present-day Ayodhya as city of sacred texts0

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    • September 8, 2019

    Ram temple case: Archaeological evidence rules out present-day Ayodhya as city of sacred texts re-examining history Looking for clues about Ram in the Puranas and from digs conducted by archaeologist Brij Basi Lal. Rajesh Kochhar September 7, 2019 The Supreme Court is hearing the Ayodhya case on a daily basis with a view to be

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  • Bangladesh Takes Steps to Control Movements of Rohingya0

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    • September 6, 2019

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury and Sunil Barua on Sep 06, 2019 Bangladesh is taking tough measures to contain an increase in violence in Rohingya refugee camps after the crisis over the mass exodus of the persecuted group from Myanmar entered its third year. Describing the violence in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps as a security

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  • Are The Taliban Capable Of Coexistence?0

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    • September 6, 2019

    September 02, 2019 Mustafa Sarwar Javed Hassanzada As the United States and the Taliban inch toward an agreement, the pivotal question of whether the hard-line Islamist movement will be able to peacefully coexist or merge into the more secular Western-backed Afghan republic looms large. Many Afghans are watching whether the Taliban will keep on pushing

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  • Taliban Attack Shakes Kabul, Killing 16 As Peace Deal Reached ‘In Principle’0

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    • September 6, 2019

    September 03, 2019 Radio Free Afghanistan KABUL — The Taliban took credit for killing at least 16 civilians involving a car bombing and gunmen in Kabul on September 2 as the Afghan-based militant group agreed “in principle” to a deal to end the nearly 18-year conflict, the longest war in which the United States has

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  • Book of the week: How to Be a Dictator by Frank Dikötter0

    Sycophants and corpses abound in this look at eight of history’s most ruthless leaders For Dutch historian Frank Dikötter, the purpose of a dictator’s personality cult is clear. It is not to convince or persuade but rather to “sow confusion, to destroy common sense, to enforce obedience, to isolate individuals and crush their dignity”. And

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  • America’s Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph0

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    • September 6, 2019

    Without the support of the U.S. government, pro-democracy forces around the world will wither as authoritarianism gains ground. By Larry Diamond | September 6, 2019 Since the end of the Cold War, democracy has made many gains. But the fate of freedom is now hanging in the balance globally. With astonishing courage and resolve over

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