• Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place0

    Kapil Komireddi 21 May 2019 If the Indian prime minister is returned to office, his sectarian politics will make bigotry the defining ideal of the republic Indian elections are a marvel to behold. The rules stipulate that no citizen should have to travel more than 2km to vote. So the state goes to the voters.

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  • Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid0

    Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better. By Stephen M. Walt | May 20, 2019 Who’s right: Cassandra or Dr. Pangloss? Are we on the brink of serious trouble, as Cassandra of Greek myth prophesied, or is all for the best “in this best of all possible worlds,” as the fictional

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  • Baloch versus Beijing: how Chinese investment in Pakistan has energised a violent separatist movement0

    CPEC is part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and would link the western province of Xinjiang with the Pakistani port of Gwadar The problem is that Balochistan, the province through which much of CPEC runs, is riven by Islamist, sectarian, and separatist insurgencies 15 May, 2019 A road sign reading “First Pakistani Branch in

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  • How India Is Tearing Down a Bridge to Kashmir0

    By Umar Lateef Misgar Why you should care Banning civilian traffic on the only highway connecting Kashmir to the world could rupture India’s connection with the conflict-torn region.  No one asked them, but it was in the name of Kashmir’s people that the Indian government recently introduced a partial ban on civilian traffic along the

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  • WATER SHARING OF COMMON RIVERS; Talks with India stalled for 9 years0

    Shahidul Islam Chowdhury | May 20,2019 Bangladesh has requested India to hold a secretary-level meeting for resuming talks on sharing of water of common rivers stalled for about nine years, holding back the signing of Teesta deal and negotiations on six more rivers. Water resources secretary Kabir Bin Anwar in March formally invited his Indian

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  • Bangladesh, India Share Intelligence on Potential Militant Attacks0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on May 20, 2019 Bangladeshi authorities are taking action to stop potential militant attacks in the country and in neighboring India after receiving intelligence information from New Delhi, the home minister said Monday. The country’s border guard is on alert to be vigilant against any cross-border attack by the banned militant

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  • Hydropower dams can harm coastal areas far downstream0

    Paula Ezcurra, University of California San Diego and Octavio Aburto, University of California San Diego Thousands of hydroelectric dams are under construction around the world, mainly in developing countries. These enormous structures are one of the world’s largest sources of renewable energy, but they also cause environmental problems. Hydropower dams degrade water quality along rivers.

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  • Rwanda and Sri Lanka: A tale of two genocides0

    Sharry Aiken, Queen’s University, Ontario and Cheran Rudhramoorthy, University of Windsor This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and the 10th year since the Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka. While the 1994 Rwandan genocide has become part of the world’s collective memory, the 2009 Tamil genocide has not. Mullivaikkal Genocide Remembrance Day

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  • Bangladesh: New Arrests Over Social Media Posts0

    May 17, 2019 Poet, Lawyer, Activists Jailed in Free Speech Crackdown (New York) – Bangladesh authorities made a series of new arrests in their crackdown on the right to free speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests were based on vague charges such as “hurting religious sentiment” or undermining “law and order.” Those arrested

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  • The Lobbyists Who Profit From War Crimes In Yemen0

    Mashal Hashem and James Allen May 18, 2019 Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch. A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents

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  • India: The Reputation of the Election Commission Has Been Severely Tarnished0

    Voters’ faith in the Election Commission has deteriorated this past election season. That does not bode well for democracy. Sidharth Bhatia Government Politics Elections in India are a matter of pride. Barring a small interregnum, they have been held regularly and successfully. There have been complaints about many things, but overall, the entire apparatus has

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  • Bangladesh Journalists Protest Order Limiting Courtroom Reporting0

    Pulack Ghatack Dhaka 2019-05-17 Bangladeshi journalists asked the nation’s top court on Friday to withdraw its order prohibiting them from reporting details of trials that are in progress. The Supreme Court registrar’s office issued the order, also known as a circular, after online and television news reports divulged details of a recent High Court ruling,

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  • Debate : India-Bangladesh Relations in the Context of Recent Elections0

    Indo-Bangladesh Relations to Deepen During Hasina’s Third Term (This article is part of the ORF journal) Joyeeta Bhattacharjee* Observer Research Foundation, 17 May 2019 Sheikh Hasina’s victory in the 2018 parliamentary election has made her the first Prime Minister to form a government for a third consecutive time in Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina won the 2009

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  • Pakistan’s achievements in war on terror but at what cost: a special review of the current decade0

    Pak Institute For Peace Studies Pvt Ltd. (PIPS) By PIPS Published On May 17, 2019 Download Now: Part of the Reports series: After Study Hours: Exploring the Madrassah Mindset Education for peace and harmony Reconstruction of the National narratives and Counter-Violent Extremism Model for Pakistan Role of Post-Noon Engagements of Madrassa Students in Radical Orientation

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