• Bhutan’s Elections Demonstrate Continued Democratic Progress0

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    • October 17, 2018

    Image Credit: AP Photo/Anupam Nath Increased voter turnout for Bhutan’s parliamentary elections points to healthier democracy. By Karma Dema September 21, 2018 As vote counts results began trickling in toward the end of election day on September 15 in Bhutan, expectant families and neighbors gathered to watch election results over shared meals and beverages. Since the introduction

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  • India: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath to rename Allahabad as ‘Prayagraj’, Opposition protests0

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    • October 17, 2018

    Congress leader Baba Abhay Awasthi said the decision to rename Allahabad would not make any impact. Prayag was alive even the city was known as Allahabad. The name change by the chief minister does not make any sense, he added. INDIA Updated: Oct 15, 2018 19:59 IST Farhan Ahmed Siddiqui Hindustan Times, Allahabad The announcement of

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  • Violent Extremism and its Continuum0

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    • October 17, 2018

    By Rohan Gunaratna and Shashi Jayakumar Synopsis ISIS may have suffered battlefield reverses, but in some respects – not least ideologically – it is resilient. Analysts, academics and security officials should resist the impulse to call time on the study of these types of issues – this mistake has been made before. Commentary WITH THE

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  • The “new cold war,” censorship, and the future of the Internet0

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    • October 17, 2018

    by International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) 17 October 2018 On Tuesday, the New York Times published a major editorial statement warning about the “breakup of the web” amid the rise of internet censorship and international geopolitical conflicts. “If things continue along this path,” the newspaper warns, “the next decade may see the internet relegated

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  • Bangladeshi Govt Misses Court-Ordered Deadline over Photographer’s Detention0

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    • October 16, 2018

      By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Oct 16, 2018 04:55 pm Bangladesh’s government has not observed a one-week deadline imposed by a court to explain why it is holding photographer Shahidul Alam indefinitely without bail. The High Court issued the deadline on Oct. 7 when attorneys for Alam presented his fifth formal bail request. The

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  • Among so many killings of journalists, why does the fate of Jamal Khashoggi stand out?0

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    • October 16, 2018

    Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images Jamal Khashoggi, pictured on Dec. 15, 2014, during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. By Niall Ferguson   October 15, 2018 There are autocrats. Look around. According to Freedom House, a quarter of the world’s states are “not free.” More than a third of the world’s population live in those states. “Undemocratic

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  • Iran Asks Pakistan To Deal With ‘Terrorists’ Who Abducted Revolutionary Guards0

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    • October 16, 2018

    October 16, 2018 16:59 GMT RFE/RL’s Radio Farda RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has called on Pakistan to tackle suspected militants who kidnapped 14 members of Iranian security forces on October 16 on their shared border. “We expect Pakistan to confront these terrorist groups that are supported by some regional states

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  • Dozens Of Afghan Police Officers Killed In Taliban Attacks0

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    • October 16, 2018

    October 16, 2018 12:46 GMT RFE/RL Afghan troops fight Taliban militants in Samangan. (file photo) Dozens of Afghan police officers have been killed in two attacks claimed by the Taliban in north and central Afghanistan, just days before parliamentary elections that the militants have threatened to disrupt. A militant assault on security outposts in the

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  • China economics spurs Myanmar religious repression0

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    • October 16, 2018

      Bold Chinese plan for economic ‘corridor’ changes game for the civil war in Myanmar’s Kachin and northern Shan states A file image of members of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) on June 26, 2017. The UWSA, a 30,000-strong militia known as Asia’s most heavily-armed drug dealers, boast their own autonomous territories on the

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  • IMF bailout may put Pakistan-China relations under slight strain0

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    • October 16, 2018

    By Editor on October 16, 2018                     By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remark that an IMF bailout package to Pakistan should not be used by the latter to pay off its debt to China, is partly meant to put a strain on Islamabad’s relations with Beijing. The

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  • Bangladesh’s BNP, Partner Parties Link Up with New Opposition Front0

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    • October 15, 2018

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka 2018-10-15 Kamal Hossain (center, in front of microphones), head of the National Unity Front, answers questions about the alliance’s new partnership with the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, during a news conference in Dhaka, Oct. 13, 2018.  BenarNews The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its coalition partners have joined forces with

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  • In Bangladesh, a Secular Icon and the Centre-Right Opposition Join Hands0

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    • October 14, 2018

    14 October 2018 Defying all odds, Bangladesh’s centre-right opposition party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, has just clinched a deal with Kamal Hossain, an 82-year-old secular icon, raising its hope to end the ruling Awami League’s decade-long rule. Kamal Hossain (Centre, sitting) at the launch of the Jatiya Oikya Front. Credit: Twitter/Noor Moahammad Nazmul Ahasan Dhaka: How

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  • Book review: Killed by contract – American wars, Nepali bodies and the price of the war economy0

    By Noah Coburn 8 October 2018 American wars, Nepali bodies and the price of the war economy. Photo: PACAF / Flickr During the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, tens of thousands of Nepalis and other Southasians migrated to conflict zones to take part in the United States’ war efforts. Some worked as security guards, others

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  • Bangladesh: Shahidul Alam – Lessons in unlearning0

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    • October 13, 2018

      The eye that challenged the status quo Alisha Sett In 1993, Shahidul Alam, a Bangladeshi photographer, wrote a letter to the managing director of the World Press Photo awards, asking her to consider changing the name of this renowned photographic association to Western Press Photography. It seemed evident to Alam that, although the photos

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