• Failed water strategy threatens national existence0

    Shahid Islam   IN many countries, an April showering often facilitates May flowering.  Not in Bangladesh. This year’s April shower has caused havoc across the country, compounded by Indian intentional or accidental release of more toxic waters that had overflowed many of Bangladesh’s backwater swamps and lowlands known as haors.  The devastation came on the

  • Aren’t Rohingyas Bengalis, and Arakan integral to Bangladesh?0

    Taj Hashmi   Every society has certain taboos – cultural/religious, social, and political – set apart and designated as restricted or forbidden to associate with, or even to bring in ordinary discussion. The Rohingya issue (for some strange reasons) seems to be such a taboo in Bangladesh. Both people and government here don’t want to

  • Turkish President Erdogan’s India visit!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Turkey, the only Muslim European power, is an important NATO member and a close ally of USA. Turkey-US relations bloomed and blossomed thanks to what the Americans perceived as a permanent Russian threat to the world on ideological grounds. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited India on an official two-day trip from

  • Policing For Powers – the recruitment of Tamils in the nation’s police force0

    N Sathiya Moorthy The Government’s decision to increase and improve the recruitment of Tamils in the nation’s police force should be welcome, especially by all those that have only complaints in the matter and those of the kind. It would still be worthwhile to see or find out as to what the Tamils want to

  • Rising Iranian-Pakistani tensions render Pakistani policy unsustainable3

    By James M. Dorsey An Iranian warning that it may attack militant bases in the troubled province of Balochistan threatens to bring Pakistan’s house of cards crashing down. Pakistan’s tenuous house is built on a torturous effort to balance relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran amid rising tension between the two regional rivals, prevent Pakistan

  • The French people don’t know the dangers of autocratic populism: a view from Pakistan0

    Altaf Khan, University of Peshawar Following in the footsteps of the United States, the French are looking to “terrible simplifications” to solve their problems as they head to the second round of their presidential election on May 7. Polls predict that Marine Le Pen, candidate of the far-right National Front party could take 38% of

  • A Rare, Pristine Estuary Comes Under Threat in Karnataka0

    By Alphonsa Jojan The construction of a multi-purpose estuarine port in the Aghanashini – one Karnataka’s last free-flowing rivers – will result in damage to the ecosystem and the loss of traditional livelihoods. The Aghanashini river. Credit: Manjunath Bhat/Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Tadadi, Karnataka: When the tides are low at the mouth of the Aghanashini river, women


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