• Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy Is Simply Old Wine in a New Bottle0

    If America goes all-in on Afghanistan and fails, it’ll be easier to walk away. Michael Kugelman July 16, 2017 Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades. On May 31, a truck bomb exploded in Kabul’s heavily fortified diplomatic enclave, killing more than

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  • The Sino-Indian War of 1962 and its Political After-Life0

    By Shivshankar Menon on 17/07/2017 Coming at a time India-China relations are in flux and require a fundamental reset, a new scholarly book provides a useful, if indirect, contribution to how we think about the relationship. Jawaharlal Nehru Interacting with Army personnel at NEFA in 1962. Credit: Photo Division, GOI Amit Das Gupta and Lorenz Lüthi’s The Sino-Indian War of

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  • Parachinar: A Repressed Conflict0

    By Huma Tariq On Friday 23rd June 2017 twin blasts hit the valley of Parachinar the main town of Kurram tribal agency, killing at least 70 people and injuring more than 125 others. The first blast took place around 5:00 p.m. in Turi Market, located on the edge of the recently-designated Red Zone, and the

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  • Sajad Threw Stones, Took to Militancy, But Did Not Lynch Police Officer, Says Family0

    By Mudasir Ahmad on 16/07/2017 Sajad Ahmad, who was killed in an encounter in Budgam last week, went underground on June 29, had been making regular court appearances till then. The ashen walls of the house in Redbugh village of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir where the militants were killed. Credit: Mudasir Ahmad Srinagar: When the

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  • The Gulf crisis: Fake news shines spotlight on psychological warfare0

    By James M. Dorsey Revelations about two incidents of Gulf-related fake news shine a spotlight on a long-standing psychological war between the UAE and Qatar that preceded the Gulf crisis, as well as the two states’ seemingly repeated and competing interventionist efforts to shape the Middle East and North Africa in their mould. In the

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  • Where From Here, Unity And Government?0

    Sathiya Moorthy 16 July 2017 Come September and the question would be upper-most in the minds of everyone, more than Constitution-making, economy and whatever: “Where from here, the unity Government, the unity of the Government, and possibly, the Government itself?” There is a caveat, thankfully. President Maithiripala Sirisena should convince his so-called ‘rebellious’ MPs to

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  • Hinduism and its complicated history with cows (and people who eat them)0

    Are cows sacred to all Hindus? PRODaniel Incandela, CC BY-NC Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago Just this past June, at a national meeting of various Hindu organizations in India, a popular preacher, Sadhvi Saraswati, suggested that those who consumed beef should be publicly hanged. Later, at the same conclave, an animal rights activist, Chetan Sharma,

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  • How India’s Defence Secrets Were Traded For Black Label Whisky0

    The documents included top secret papers on India’s atomic energy programme, military satellites, government electronics systems and the country’s defence planning – including potential purchases of military aircraft, warships and weaponry. By GGI News Staff July 17, 2017 One of the most extraordinary and longest-running cases of espionage carried out for financial gain occurred in

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  • Punishing Pakistan on Afghanistan: US Befuddled Policy0

    Jul 26, 2017   By Adnan Qaiser Adnan Qaiser is a Research Associate at Conference of Defence Associations Institute, Canada with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy. He investigates factors hampering peace and stability in Afghanistan corresponding to the ongoing US policy review on Afghanistan. While the history of Afghanistan is

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  • Middle East Conundrum: Saudi Jitteriness – Sanctifying Sectarianism1

     July 12, 2017 CDA Institute Research Associate Adnan Qaiser with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy examines the Saudi-Qatar row and the ill-effects of an Islamic military alliance. In my paper this spring: Radical Islamism: Understanding Extremist Narrative and Mindset, I had postulated that all Middle East’s ills lie in its oppressive monarchies

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  • Confession, Being a Mainstream Sympathizer in Kashmir0

    I belong to a family, whose guardian feeds his family without pitfalls. Every family member holds a job, fitting his/her station. Hence, all continued generally to contribute. I wedded with a long track of education, got imprinted variably by literal ideas of life and polity. The clash of ideas continued, at times I desired to

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  • Gorkhas Unrest in India and Their Nepal Connections0

    By Hari Prasad Shrestha The Indian Gorkhas, Nepali speaking great warriors, have once again started their unrest and demonstrations demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland based on their language, ethnicity, and history. In the 1980s, Subhash Ghishing raised the demand for the creation of a state called Gorkhaland within India to be carved out of

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  • LET MEMORIAL FOR DEAD CHINESE NOBEL LAUREATE BE BUILT ELSEWHERE, IF NOT IN CHINA0

    To the “relief” of the Chinese government and its leadership, Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo has passed away. With a characteristic ruthlessness that the present government of China is known for, Nobel laureate was given a sea burial, probably to ensure that there would be nothing for the world to remember about him. Even his

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  • Calls for Stripping Qatar of World Cup suggests Gulf crisis at a stalemate0

    By James M. Dorsey A Saudi-UAE-led alliance has tabled a long-expected demand that world soccer body FIFA strip Qatar of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights. With little chance of FIFA acting on the demand any time soon, the move suggests that the alliance, struggling to figure a way forward amid mounting international pressure for

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