• 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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  • Asian allies boost Myanmar’s pariah military0

    Asian allies boost Myanmar’s pariah military While Western nations sanction Myanmar for Rohingya crisis rights abuses, Asian states are taking a more pragmatic approach By Nyshka Chandran 17 May 2019 Three years after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was elected to power, temporarily ending the nation’s decades-long pariah status under military

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  • Human Survival Lies in the Balance as the Charade of NPT Diplomacy is Wearing Thin0

    Viewpoint by Dr Joseph Gerson* 17 May 2019 NEW YORK (IDN) – Expectations for the outcome of this year’s NPT Preparatory Committee were low at best. Not surprisingly, given the nuclear powers’ reliance on their genocidal and omnicidal arsenals and pressures building for nuclear weapons proliferation, these expectations were not exceeded. As the Bulletin of

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  • How to tackle India’s sexual violence epidemic – it starts with sex education0

    Madhumita Pandey, Sheffield Hallam University “Do you masturbate?”, “When did you first have sexual intercourse?”, “Did you ask for consent?” These are just some of the taboo-breaking questions I asked convicted rapists in a Delhi prison during interviews for my research. Most of these men did not understand what consent meant or that it needed

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  • Picturing Sri Lanka’s Undead War0

    by Crisis Group 17 May 2019 Ten years after the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Crisis Group’s Sri Lanka Project Director Alan Keenan and Photographer Julie David de Lossy travelled 1,500km through ex-combat zones. They found a population finding ways to cope with their traumatic experiences and an extraordinary array of monuments to the war. 

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  • RSS: Grim Reality under the Secular Veil of India0

    Religious extremism is not something novel to mankind. Between 132-136 CE, Romans faced the confrontation with the Jews. A Jew extremist, Simon Bar Kokhba, led the revolt against Romans known as Kokhba Revolution. He succeeded in establishing a Jew state which lasted for just three years, ultimately falling again in to Roman hands. Under constitutional

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  • Pakistan reaches agreement with IMF, to receive $6 billion over 3 years0

    Dawn.com | Khaleeq Kiani May 12, 2019 The technical teams of the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached an agreement on a bailout package for Pakistan, Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh announced on Sunday. “After months of discussions and negotiations, a staff-level agreement

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  • Missiles On Ships: Making Sense Of Iran’s Recent Moves In The Gulf0

    By Fabian Hinz* 16 May 2019 (FPRI) — Yet again, there is a dramatic rise in tension in the Middle East, and, yet again, missiles are at the heart of it. On May 6, the Trump administration announced that it would deploy the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as well as four B-52 bombers

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  • Pro-military rallies in Myanmar counter grassroots demonstrations0

    Ultra-nationalist monk seeks to make a political comeback by championing the armed forces  John Zaw, Mandalay ,  Myanmar,  May 15, 2019 Ultra-nationalist Myanmar monk Ashin Wirathu has told a rally of hard-line nationalists that military officers sitting in parliament should be worshipped like God. On the morning of May 5, hundreds of people joined a

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  • Pakistani Christian teen ‘raped, forcibly converted to Islam’0

    Pastor who helped 15-year-old make police complaint says her marriage was illegal    ucanews.com reporter, Karachi  Pakistan  May 15, 2019 A teenage Christian girl claims she was raped, forcibly converted to Islam and then married off to a 45-year-old Muslim divorcee in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. Neha Pervaiz, 15, a resident of Ittehad Town,

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  • Hard life for transgender people in Bangladesh0

    Known as hijra, many flee home to save their families from shame and live in desperate poverty or slip into sex trade Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh May 16, 2019 Over 40 years ago a self-described “unsuitable girly boy” fled her home in Dhaka to realize her “true” sexual identity and free

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