• Why Extremism Is on the Rise in Bangladesh0

    Dhaka’s Secular Traditions Have Never Been More Vulnerable By Michael Kugelman and Atif Ahmad On July 1, 2016, five militants stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, a restaurant frequented by foreigners in an upscale neighborhood of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility, but local officials blamed members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB),

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  • UNCONVINCING REGULATION FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN SINGAPORE0

    By: N.S. Venkataraman With Singapore now set to elect its next President and the present President Mr. Tony Tan Keng Yam announcing his decision not to seek a second term, the stage is set for holding a Presidential poll in Singapore under the new amendment in law. More confusion than clarity: Under the new amendment,

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  • The Corruption Conundrum in Pakistan’s Democracy0

      by: Omar Waraich The dark side of Nawaz Sharif’s ouster A supporter of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif passes out after the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify him in Lahore, Pakistan, on July 28, 2017. Mohsin Raza / Reuters Once again, a leader of Pakistan has been forced to leave office without completing a

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  • As Institutions Fail Kashmiris, Machil Fake Encounter Victims’ Families Vow to Keep Fighting0

    By Mudasir Ahmad on 29/07/2017 The armed forces tribunal’s verdict to free the accused has created a fear for safety and a demand for justice among the victims’ families and villages. From left: Father of Riyaz Ahmad, his son Aijaz and father of Shehzad discussing the army tribunal’s verdict. Credit: The Wire Srinagar: “It feels

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  • From Friend to Foe to Friend Again, the Modi-Nitish Bond Is a Suspension of Political Morality0

    By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta on 29/07/2017 When he harboured ambitions of being the opposition’s key to power at the Centre, Nitish Kumar made many a scathing comment against the BJP and its allies. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI Back in 2013, in a decision he portrayed as “principled,” Nitish

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  • Strife in Jerusalem: Fears of popular revolts bring Israel and Arabs together0

    By James M. Dorsey A web of formal and informal Israeli-Arab relations and common fears of renewed popular uprisings that could threaten regimes and benefit Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood facilitated Israel’s backing down in the crisis over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount or Haram al Sharif, home to Islam’s third most holy shrine, the Al

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  • CRICKETISM: Indo-Lanka joint cricket exercises!-20

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Part 1 – Cricket for promoting batboys for awards and cash. Sri Lankan bowlers enjoy too much by offering big scores to Indians for return favors in Test. Test cricket for five long days was invented by the cunning colonial masters of Great Britain to keep the colony youth busy with

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  • SMALL ASIAN COUNTRIES SHOULD NOT FALL IN DEBT TRAP OF CHINA AS PAKISTAN HAS DONE1

    By: N.S. Venkataraman While China is showing its military muscle power to India, Japan, and a few other Asian countries, in the case of other small Asian Countries, it is showing its economic muscle power to bring them to their heels. Most of the small Asian countries do not have the capital and resources for

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  • India And Israel: Cooperation On Water Management0

    India is seeking Israel’s expertise in water technology and management techniques. Cooperation between the two countries will enhance India’s capacity in the management of water resources but this needs to be supported by water demand management, training of users for the operation and maintenance of technology, and robust legal and regulatory frameworks. By Faiza Saleem*

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  • War over resources; Regional rivalry between India and China destined to deepen0

    No entry: A deserted acclimatisation centre for Kailash- Manasarovar pilgrims near Nathu La. China has suspended the yatra through this route | Arvind Jain Regional rivalry between India and China destined to deepen Michael Kugelman Several years ago, a retired Indian brigadier told me that India and China were bound to go to war. This

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  • The Gulf crisis: A lesson in reputation management0

    North Korean workers in the Gulf and Asia / Source: Wikipedia By James M. Dorsey Lurking below the surface of the Gulf crisis, are rival, yet troubled, attempts by Qatar and its detractors to use sports to boost soft power and/or launder tarnished images of their autocracies. Ironically, the crisis threatens to have levelled the

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  • India’s membership of MTCR: Scope of Non-Proliferation and emerging regional Challenges1

    Asma Khalid The concerns about nuclear proliferation have compelled the strategic thinkers to continuously strive for establishing multiple legal tools to prevent the nuclear proliferation. As a result of such efforts, various non-proliferation regimes have been set up to counter the risk of proliferation of weapon of mass destruction (WMDs) and control the transfer of

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  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s memorial inaugurated by PM Modi in Rameshwaram!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a memorial on July 27 dedicated to former president APJ Abdul Kalam at Peikarumbu near Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on his second death anniversary and attended several other programs, the second death anniversary of the former president-known as a common people’s man. PM Modi hoisted at the

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  • Indian politics: High Drama in Bihar!0

    Dr. Abdul Ruff Janata Dal (United) supremo Nitish Kumar has dramatically taken oath as the chief minister of the northern Indian state of Bihar, a day after dramatically resigning from the post. Nitish has scripted and directed the episode to make himself look like a ‘Mr. Clean’ of course in the world of corrupt politicians.

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