• Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?0

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    • November 8, 2017

    Peter Lehr, University of St Andrews Even ten years on, the first mental image that comes to mind with regard to Theravāda Buddhism is that of Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution of August-September 2007: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets of Yangon, Mandalay, Pakokku, Sittwe and other towns against the ruling military junta. These

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  • Saudi Crown Prince’s unprecedented power grab could come to haunt him0

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    • November 7, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has won the first round of what could prove to be an unprecedented power grab that comes to haunt him. The prince’s frontal assault on significant segments of the kingdom’s elite; assertions of unrest in the military and the national guard, and a flood of

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  • Narendra Modi Government Has Wiped out Any Space for Dialogue With Kashmir0

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    • November 7, 2017

    By Prem Shankar Jha on 06/11/2017 The first step towards reviving political dialogue and ending the rule of the gun in Kashmir is for New Delhi to announce that it is committed to restoring full autonomy within the constitution to the entire state. Home minister Rajnath Singh with Centre’s representative in Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma.

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  • The Middle East: It will only get worse0

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    • November 6, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is heating up. The arrests occurred as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in what many saw as a Saudi-engineered move aimed at stymying Lebanon’s powerful, pro-Iranian Hezbollah

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  • How Modi’s DMK spin queers the pitch in TN0

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    • November 6, 2017

      N Sathiya Moorthy, November 06, 2017 Monday’s surprise meeting is an admission by the Bharatiya Janata Party that their purported strategy of hoping to ride the popular ‘Modi wave’ in a Tamil Nadu without Jaya and a bed-ridden Karunanidhi does not have much chance of success, observes N Sathiya Moorthy. By calling on five-term chief minister

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  • Photo Essay: Inside Rohingya Muslim and Hindu Refugee Camps in Bangladesh0

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    • November 6, 2017

    By Rajeev Bhattacharyya on 05/11/2017 Every day, thousands of refugees are seen in long queues at the relief centres near the camps. Children playing at a camp of Hindu refugees in Kutupalong. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims and Hindus from Myanmar, fleeing from their homes in Rakhine state, have been arriving to the coastal district of Cox’s

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  • The Irrelevance of Muslims in Gujarat Elections0

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    • November 6, 2017

    By Kingshuk Nag on 05/11/2017 In Gujarat, there is a general apathy of the ruling party towards Muslims, matched only by the apathy of the common Muslim towards the electoral process. BJP activists celebrate party’s victor in Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. Credit: PTI The only Muslim who has been elected to the Lok Sabha

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  • Afghans Wary of Trump’s Pledge to Challenge Terrorists & Islamabad0

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    • November 6, 2017

    November 5, 2017 | Ali M. Latifi Photo: Salwar Kameez/iStock.com The Newsletter Jalalabad, AFGHANISTAN – When Donald Trump announced his administration’s strategy for Afghanistan, it was welcomed by Kabul’s leaders and other Afghan urban centers. Influential figures in politics, business, security and the media saw it as much-needed change from President Barack Obama’s stopwatch approach

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  • Meeting Dina Wadia on Madison Avenue0

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    • November 4, 2017

    By Andrew Whitehead on 03/11/2017 There was something remarkable about her – and with her passing, just about the last remaining link with South Asia’s independence era leaders has been broken. Dina Wadia. Credit: Andrew Whitehead’s blog Dina Wadia died on Thursday at the impressive age of 98. She was the only child of Muhammad

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  • Hindutva makes Apex Court also a party to Babri Mosque dispute!0

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    • November 3, 2017

    by Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal November 3, 2017 December 06 shall remain a memorable terror day in the life and future of India where majority Hindus on the strength of their numbers and governments, insult, injury and attack Islam and have also destroyed Historic Babri Mosque- a place of Islamic worship. Indian Constitution provides for

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  • 22 October 1993 Anniversary: When Bijbehara Turned Red0

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    • November 3, 2017

    Dr. Reyaz Ahmad Ganaie It was Friday 22nd October 1993, the 8th consecutive day of the constant siege laid by the Indian security forces around the Holy Shrine at Hazratbal Srinagar. As the whole valley was observing Protest strike on 8th successive day, Massive peaceful demonstrations were being held throughout the valley against the siege.

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  • INDIA’S MILITARY BUILD-UP: CHALLENGES FOR PAKISTAN0

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    • November 3, 2017

      In recent times India has resorted to massive military buildup in both conventional and nuclear domains. Indo-US nexus has further bolstered India’s modernization drive. The Indo-US nuclear deal and Indo-US strategic partnership facilitate India’s military buildup that in turn increases security challenges for Pakistan. India’s economy is eight times larger than that of Pakistan.

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  • Gulf crisis: Soccer trumps politics0

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    • November 3, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey A target of massive Saudi investment, the Maldives severed diplomatic relations with Qatar hours after a Saudi-UAE-led alliance of largely financially dependent states declared in June an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Gulf state. That didn’t stop the Football Federation of Maldives from signing a cooperation agreement with its Qatari

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First Visit to Rohingya Conflict Zone in Myanmar0

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    • November 2, 2017

    By HANNAH BEECH  NOV. 2, 2017  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who leads Myanmar’s civilian government, arriving on Thursday in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled a campaign of violence carried out by Myanmar’s military in Rakhine. Credit Reuters BANGKOK — For the first time since Myanmar’s military

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