• Ending the Gulf crisis: Natural gas frames future Gulf relations0

    By James M. Dorsey 8 December 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Natural gas could well emerge as the litmus test of how relations among the Gulf’s energy-rich monarchies evolve if and when a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led

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  • Asia’s drug ‘kingpin’ more Hollywood than reality0

    Ok Drugs Golden Triangle December 1, 2019 Sensational portrayals of a new meth ‘kingpin’ misinterpret the dynamics of Asia’s narcotics trade By Bertil Lintner, Chiang Mai The Asia-Pacific drug trade has a new kingpin, at least according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and some Western anti-narcotics officials. His name: Tse

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  • Pakistan PM: Comedy of Errors2

    by Mehrooj Rai 6 December 2019 Since the time Imran Khan came into power, his goof-ups and clangers have left many scratching their heads and have continued to create controversies, causing embarrassment for Pakistan all over the world. Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan was lampooned on social media after he made a scientifically incorrect

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  • The Production of Rare Earth: Why India Failed?0

    Summary India recognised the importance of rare earth back in 1950 and started extracting rare minerals through the establishment of the Indian Rare Earth Limited. India could not, however, make progress in this sector due to several reasons. Against this background, this article investigates some of the major steps undertaken by India to develop the

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  • Bangladesh: An Enslaved Nation? (Part II)1

      “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman (1749-1832).  (In Part I, published on November 30, 2019, I tried to explain how Bangladesh was enslaved by an Indo-Bangla clique. In this part, I attempted to study how India cast a greedy

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  • Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2019: A New President and the Politics of Balances0

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera December 3rd, 2019 Summary The recent Sri Lankan election witnessed the Rajapaksa brothers – Gotabaya and Mahinda – coming to power. Gotabaya, former secretary of defence and a technocrat with little political experience, was elected president while Mahinda, former two-time president who ended the protracted civil war during his term 10 years

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  • India – Maharashtra politics – Powerful Pawar0

    by Elsa Lycias Joel 3 December 2019 India is a happening place. Anything can happen anytime and everything about political theatre is so dramatic and entertaining. The Maharashtra spectacle reminded me of the monkey and the crocodile story. The Shiv Sena scampering up its way to safety was indeed a sight to behold. Nobody dare

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  • India and Sri Lanka: Taking ‘mutual respect’ to a ‘very high level’0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 3 December 2019 Even in the best of times, the State visit of a Head of State to another nation, particularly an immediate neighbour, is of great significance. The expectations get doubled without anyone asking for it, when it is the maiden State visit overseas, and the neighbours are India and Sri

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  • India’s Dehumanizing Path to Global Catastrophe0

    by M Waqas Jan 3 December 2019 For a country that has since its inception prided itself as the world’s largest democracy, India has seen its very identity being bastardized by the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party for well over a decade now. With its divisive and religious-inspired brand of politics, the BJP’s populism is based

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  • Indian democracy is not more than a voting right0

    by Dr. Rajkumar Singh 3 December 2019 Even after more than 70 years and 17 national general elections, India’s Parliament is nowhere close to being truly representative. Since the adoption of the Constitution, India has moved decisively towards a multi–party system, with laws such as the one to prevent defection restricting inner–party dissent even while

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  • From The Desk Of Disinformation Watchdog!0

    Koushik Das 3 december 2019 The Opposition parties in India had strongly criticised the Narendra Modi Government in New Delhi for allowing a European Union (EU) delegation to visit northern province of Kashmir in the month of October. Now, a Brussels-based Voluntary Oganisation – EU DisinfoLab – has claimed that the NGO, which arranged the visit, has

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  • Indian economy in slowdown, needs structural reforms0

    Muhammad Mahmood | December 01, 2019 The latest gross domestic product (GDP) data published by the Indian government (compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO)) indicate the Indian economy is slowing down to a 5.0 per cent growth rate, not seven or seven and a half per cent as claimed by the government. The GDP

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  • Bangladesh development perspectives: Implementation challenges0

    by Shamsul Alam | November 30, 2019 All goals of Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100 are directly or indirectly related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It must be mentioned that all six BDP 2100 goals are fully linked with SDG Goals 2, 6, 13 and 14 and partially linked with Goal 1, 5,

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  • Two contexts of influx from India0

    The Daily Star  December 01, 2019 Two contexts of influx from India People check their names after the publication of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Morigoan district, Assam, on August 31, 2019. PHOTO: AFP Ali Riaz The influx of people from India crossing the borders to Bangladesh in the

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