• Behind the Upsurge in Militancy in Kashmir’s Shopian0

    According to police records, 58 young boys were drawn into militancy in Shopian in the last 18 months. Of them, 21 were killed last year. Security personnel patrol a deserted street during restrictions imposed after clashes which erupted following the killing of 11 militants and one civilian in Shopian encounters, in Srinagar on Sunday. Credit:

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  • Why the Commonwealth Games still matter0

    Fireworks go off at the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz Nicole W. Forrester, Ryerson University There was a buzz of excitement in the air for athletes, coaches and volunteers — and for me — when the 2018 Commonwealth Games started with spectacular opening ceremonies in

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  • Rohingya losing faith in militant groups0

    Refugees question motives of groups like Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, as mission to end oppression leads to attacks that thwart peace talks Thangkhali Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on March 19. Security analysts have called for the strict surveillance of Rohingya camps to curb the possibility of poor and vulnerable refugees being radicalized. (Photo by

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  • The Ankara Summit Serves Iran’s Regional Policy0

    Kaveh L. Afrasiabi         5/4/2018 This week’s Ankara summit, featuring the presidents of Turkey, Russia, and Iran, is focused on Syria and transpires within the tripartite Astana framework that has been in existence since January, 2017 and has led to the “de-escalation zones” in Syria. It is preceded by a bilateral Russia-Turkey meeting,

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  • How China and the Call to Caliphate Are Re-Writing the Script in Kashmir0

    By Arshad Alam, New Age Islam        02 April 2018 Since the killing of Burhan Wani, Kashmir has seen a fresh wave of militancy. What marked out the post Burhan agitation in the valley was increasing participation of common people from all strata, particularly youth. The funerals of militants today have been attended not

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  • Will China Be a Responsible Great Power?1

    By Benjamin Ho and Hoo Chiew-Ping    4/4/2018 Synopsis The changes made to the CCP constitution to allow President Xi Jinping an indefinite stay of power have led to concerns about Beijing’s long-term geopolitical gameplan. At the same time, with great power comes great responsibility. What China does in the region will be closely watched.

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  • Labelling IS Fighters: Khawarij, Not Jihadi-Salafis0

    By Mohamed Bin Ali   4/4/2018 Synopsis Islamic State (IS) fighters are more suitably called Khawarij and not Jihadi-Salafis. An accurate labelling of them is important to avoid the wrong and misleading use of Islamic terms. Commentary THE TERM ‘Jihadi-Salafis’ was first used by the French scholar Gilles Keppel in 2002 to describe a hybrid ideology

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  • Year’s Deadliest Day In Indian Kashmir Claims At Least 18 Lives0

    By BenarNews   2/4/2018 By Amin Masoodi At least 14 people, including 11 suspected militants and three soldiers, were killed in ferocious fighting in Indian Kashmir on Sunday during the largest single-day counter-militancy operation mounted in the disputed region in years, officials said. Four civilians were also killed in anti-India protests that broke out across the

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  • Nitish Kumar: The man who would be king is now bracing for the worst0

    Kumar Anshuman 2 April, 2018 Nitish Kumar | PTI Nitish stayed silent on communal clashes in Bihar, didn’t act against BJP-linked suspects. It’s a far cry from the time he was touted as Modi’s worthy opponent. New Delhi: There was a time when Nitish Kumar was touted as the opposition’s candidate to take on the

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  • Disasters loom for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh0

    As the monsoon season approaches, aid agencies fear landslides and flooding could bring more problems in camps A Rohingya girl returns to her tent down the hilly slopes at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar on March 18. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com) Stephan Uttom, Cox’s Bazar, and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh April 2, 2018

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  • Six Years On, ‘Social Boycott’ of Minority Community in Zanskar Continues0

    The small Muslim community in Zanskar alleges they’ve been facing a social boycott from the majority Buddhist community since 2012, which has crippled their livelihood. Credit: Tourism of India Majid Maqbool   1/4/2018 Communalism Srinagar: About 450 kms from Srinagar, the Muslim minority community of about 600 people in Zanskar division of Kargil district, Leh region, has been facing a

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  • The Modi Government Must Realise the Folly of India Playing the ‘Tibet Card’0

    The notion that China respects power is correct but the show of power cannot be displayed through senseless acts. A popular perception has been that India is using the Dalai simply as a pressure point to settle scores with China. Credit: Reuters/Vincent Kessler P. Stobdan Diplomacy      30/Mar/2018 The Indian government’s advisory note to

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  • ‘Tibet will set the litmus test for China’s rise’0

    Tibetans are preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s exile in India. Indian officials stoked controversy by spurning celebrations to avoid angering China. Sonia Phalnikar reports from Dharamsala. Tibetans in India mark 60-year exile of Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama, the revered spiritual leader of Tibetans and an international icon, fled Tibet

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  • Assam NRC Officials Incompetent to Deal with Verification Issues0

    Mar 29, 2018 Guwahati Related news: Assam: NRC and Illegal Migrants Controversy Assam to kick off NRC verification from April 2 Though the Assam Government as well as the Supreme Court are attaching utmost importance to preparing an error-free and correct National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state of Assam, the ground reality presents a shameful and

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