• Activists and Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change0

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    • October 26, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Potential Qatari moves to become the first Gulf state to effectively abolish the region’s onerous kafala or labour sponsorship system, denounced as a form of modern slavery, could produce a rare World Cup that leaves a true legacy of social and economic change. In a rare kudo, Qatar’s fiercest labour critic,

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  • India’s Sensitive Investigations Handed Over To Foreign Spy Firms0

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    • October 25, 2017

    India’s investigative agencies CBI, RBI, ED, SFIO and SEBI are sub-contracting sensitive investigations to foreign spy firms. By GGI News Staff – October 25, 2017 Owing to enormous FDI inflows into India our investigative agencies are finding it hard to cope up with increased scrutiny, investigations and financial frauds. In past few years we allowed

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  • Will anyone protect the Rohingya?0

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    • October 25, 2017

    Vincent A. Auger, Western Illinois University Since August, the Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, has faced what a United Nations official called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Recent reports describe a campaign by Myanmar security forces to drive the Rohingya from the country permanently. Hundreds of thousands have fled to camps in neighboring

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  • Book review: Delivering Public Services Effectively: Tamil Nadu and Beyond by Vivek S.0

    Book review Vivek S.’s book, Delivering Public Services Effectively: Tamil Nadu and Beyond (OUP, New Delhi, 2015), presents valuable research that discusses state commitment to public service provisioning in Tamil Nadu, India. The discussion in the book is wide-ranging, and refers to, among other things, quality provisioning of child care, school feeding, food rations, public

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  • Will ‘Mersal’ row catapult Vijay into politics?0

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    • October 24, 2017

      N Sathiya Moorthy, Rediff.com, 24 October 2017 The question is not if Tamil actor Vijay would enter politics. Instead, it is about his chances of success, if any, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Even without the recent controversy, Tamil cinema’s ‘Ilaya Thalapathi’ (‘younger general’, superstar Rajinikanth being the real one, named after Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi, or ‘general’, starring him)

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  • For the Rohingya in Bangladesh’s Refugee Camps, Living is Surviving0

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    • October 23, 2017

    By Faisal Mahmud on 22/10/2017 Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s sprawling camps constantly struggle to meet basic needs of food, water and sanitation. The lines in front of a truck with relief for the Rohingya. Credit: Parvez Ahmed For Rohingya refugees, life inside one of the camps in the Southeastern part of Bangladesh is a

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  • At Bijbehara, Site of 1993 Massacre, the Killing of 43 Kashmiris is Still a Raw Wound0

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    • October 23, 2017

    By Majid Maqbool on 22/10/2017 • 1 Comment On the afternoon of October 22, 1993, jawans from the Border Security Force opened fire in Bijbehara town, killing 43 civilians. No one was ever punished for the crime. A collage of images of the victims of the Bijbehara incident in which 43 civilians lost their lives after the BSF

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  • PRESIDENT XI JINPING’S CONFUSION AND DILEMMA0

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    • October 22, 2017

    In his marathon opening address during the conference of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken about “principal contradiction” facing China. Even while political observers have hair- splitting scrutiny on what President Xi Jinping has meant by “principal contradiction” supposed to be now facing China, it appears that Xi Jinping

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  • Shrine Narrative in Kashmir0

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    • October 21, 2017

    Shrine politics have given the legitimacy to names like Sher-i-Kashmir among Muslims and Rajaji, Pandit Ji among Hindus. by JAVID AHMAD AHANGER Kashmir, baptized as a fortunate landscape with immense natural beauty, is a paradise on earth. Because of its multilayered diversity of indigenous identities and local ethos, this land of noble souls for centuries

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  • Gulf crisis broadens definitions of food security0

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    • October 21, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Food security has taken on a new dimension almost five months into the Gulf crisis that pits a UAE-Saudi alliance against Qatar and for which there is no resolution in sight. The UAE and Saudi Arabia would deny that they are attempting to starve Qatar into submission with their diplomatic and

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  • While UN maintains silence, Jammu Kashmir’s top lawyers question accession of JK to India! (A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-312)0

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    • October 19, 2017

    Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ________ Notwithstanding the fact India is fast losing Kashmir as being its “integral” part, it is still interested in allowing its heavy military forces to terrorize people in that former paradise and win a “crucial” point over Pakistan. Indian regime and state governments have threatened with sedition proceedings against anyone who

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  • The Contested Areas of Myanmar: Key Findings in New Asia Foundation Study0

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    • October 19, 2017

    October 18, 2017 By Editor As Myanmar emerges from decades of authoritarianism and isolation, significant progress toward peace has been made since 2011. But heavy fighting and deadly clashes have intensified in many of the country’s contested areas, in particular Rakhine State, which has led to massive displacement, and Kachin and Shan States. These conflicts

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  • Detained Under Public Safety Act, 80-Year-Old Kashmiri Political Activist Completes a Year in Jail0

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    • October 19, 2017

    By Majid Maqbool on 18/10/2017 “Everyone knows here that he is an executive member of Hurriyat (G) and that he would sometimes address people… Is that a crime?”  Ali Muhammad Dar. Courtesy: Showkat Ahmed Dar Srinagar: On festive occasions, we celebrate with our families. For a day, we may even forget that not everyone’s celebrations are the

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  • Tillerson Woos India to Offset China0

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    • October 19, 2017

    October 19, 2017 | Kaitlin Lavinder  Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signaled the Trump administration will be leaning on India to offset China’s regional influence, hailing deeper defense cooperation with New Delhi in remarks Wednesday. “Our defense ties are growing,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a speech at the Center

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