• Looming crisis in West Asia?0

    by Prof. Sudhanshu Tripathi 21 September 2019 West Asia or Middle East is once again passing through grave dangers due to emerging Riyadh-Washington-Tel Aviv axis in the wake of Iran’s aggression over Riyadh oil infrastructures recently. Evidently, the consequent scenario in West Asia is becoming increasingly grim as it continues to be the burning cauldron,

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  • Health financing in Bangladesh: scarcity and its impacts0

    Abstract: Health is a fundamental element of human development. The share of government expenditure on healthcare is decreasing in Bangladesh for the last few consecutive years which is resulting in several burdensome problems in the country. The purpose of the paper is to analyze the trend of budget allocation in the health sector of Bangladesh.

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  • America Has a New Strategy in Afghanistan, But It Isn’t Actually Very New0

    By Michael Kugelman September 17, 2019 On September 7, U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly called off his government’s talks with the Taliban—even though the two sides were on the cusp of a U.S. troop withdrawal deal. With talks off (for now), the Trump administration has vowed to intensify its fight against the Taliban, with the

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  • Afghanistan peace talks: Main reason for U-turning Donald Trump0

    by Mohammad Kepayet Ullah 21 September 2019 Trump dismissed peace talks with the Taliban because of 5 September attack in Kabul. Has Trump’s declaration lost the hope of peace in Afghanistan? Will the winds of peace no longer flow from the Karakoram or the Hindu Kush Mountains? Soon after Trump’s announcement to cancel the peace

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  • Chutzpah in Kashmir; Muscular approach to handle Kashmir destined to fail1

    by Prof. M. A. Sofi 20 September 2019 Following the farce enacted in the parliament involving the repeal of article 370 through what has been the most daring and ignoble subversion yet of the Indian constitution on Aug.5th, it can’t get more dehumanizing than what the people of Kashmir have been made to go through

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  • It ain’t necessarily over in Afghanistan0

    This rupture gives all stakeholders a chance to come together and build a revised peace process around a new structure, writes William Milam by William Milam September 20, 2019 I wrote a fortnight ago about the dangers of negotiating with the Afghan Taliban, in the context of the news that the US and the Taliban

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  • Bangladesh does an about-face on the Rohingya0

    “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.” ~Pope Francis by Sabria Chowdhury Balland 19 September 2019 Two years ago, Bangladesh took in nearly 750,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees who were expelled from Myanmar due to a military crackdown. These attacks were referred to as ethnic cleansing by the United States whereas United

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  • Saudi oil attacks put US commitments to the test0

    By James M. Dorsey 18 September 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. Neither Saudi Arabia nor the United States is rushing to retaliate for a brazen, allegedly Iranian attack that severely damaged two of the kingdom’s key oil

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  • Pitra-Paksha: Remembrance & Observance for Forefathers0

    Prof. Sudhanshu Tripathi 17 September 2019 The fortnight period just prior to auspices Sharadiya Navaratri every year happens to be equally pious as this period is called as Pitra Paksha or a period of two weeks meant for remembering our deceased parents and forefathers and also extending our due service as living mortals according to

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  • Sri Lanka: Propriety, thy name is what?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  17 September 2019 Definitely, it is not a sin under the moral code, and even under the law, it is a simple offence, punishable with a fine of Rs 1,000, or a year in prison in the case of default. Yet, for aspiring presidential candidate, and thus president, Sajith Premadasa not to

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  • Pakistan’s Skepticism on India’s NFU Policy Stands Validated0

    By: Haris Bilal Malik 17 September 2019 The South Asian region is widely regarded as vulnerable to the threat of nuclear war. This is largely because of the Kashmir issue’s dangerous potential as a ‘nuclear flashpoint’ between India and Pakistan. This is evident in how the use of nuclear weapons is currently being debated at

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  • Arms Build Up, War Mongering and Critical Debate in Pakistan0

    By Muhammad Adil Sivia 15 September 2019 Historically from birth Pakistan was overwhelmed by the conventional military superiority of India. After the separation of East Pakistan and birth of Bangladesh, the narrative and policy building nuclear weapons was sold to the national as panacea by the military establishment to the  millions of destitute Pakistanis. The

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  • Tradition defies the Law. Ancient Hindu practice called Chhaupadi0

    by Laabhesh Thapa 15 September 2019 The ancient Hindu practice called Chhaupadi is an example of religious belief which has edge over the law the deeply rooted belief   states that menstrual blood is impure. This practice is one of the form of seclusion of women from the society, social consequences of this pure-impure   binary is

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  • Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 passed by the Lower House of the Indian Parliament0

    by Ashna D and Arya Warrier 15 September 2019 The Lower House of the Indian Parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 in August by a voice vote. [1] The Bill places a blanket ban on all forms of commercial surrogacy, promotes a model of altruistic surrogacy and imposes penal sanctions on

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