• Patterns to Politics: Entering 20190

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 19 January 2019 “To understand is to perceive patterns.” ― Isaiah Berlin In the new year,  Sri Lanka remains at a crossroads. As before, the island nation  requires carefully calibrated statecraft from policy makers to choose the path towards prosperity. The political, constitutional and parliamentary crisis over the last months of 2018

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  • Shaping the new world order: The battle for human rights0

    By James M. Dorsey 19 January 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese effort backed by autocrats elsewhere has turned human rights into an underrated,

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  • Brewing Hot Espresso Coffee with the Cricketers: Another One Bites the Dust0

    by Mrittika Nandy 18 January 2019 Koffee with Karan, a show that has garnered high Television Rating Points (TRP’s) over six decades on Star World is currently the core contention of debate and deliberation. Been on the electronic platform for more than 6 decades with a prominent face from Bollywood, Karan Johar (renowned Director of

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  • Duterte’s war on drugs: is Philippine a standard Sri Lanka should aspire to?0

    by Natasha Fernando 18 January 2019 Sri Lanka and Philippine diplomatic relations dates back to 1961 with bilateral visits and discussion on cooperation spanning cultural affairs, visa and taxation requirements for Philippine workers in Sri Lanka, trade and air transport. The first official head of state visit occurred in 1976 when Hon. Sirimavo Bandaranaike visited

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  • Book Review: Between The Great Divide: A Journey into Pakistan-administered Kashmir0

    Anam Zakaria’s Book, ‘Between the Great Divide: A Journey into the Pakistan Administered Kashmir’ brings together ten essays in three parts: Conflict, State policies and Beyond the cease fire. The work purely seems an ethnography of a significant part of Jammu and Kashmir now administered by Pakistan and mostly known as ‘Azad Kashmir’ by masses and

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  • HATE PLASTIC CAMPAIGN NECESSARY?0

    In recent years, around the world, the vigorous and noisy anti-plastic campaign by the so-called environmentalists and activists to stop using plastics for short term and long term need have been gaining strength, backed by the media campaign. The campaign against plastics has now virtually descended to a hate plastic campaign, making innocent people think

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  • Pakistan Securing Its Maritime Interest and CPEC0

    by Qur Tul Ain Hafeez 16 January 2019 The IOR is a major sea route that unites the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia with Europe and America. The excessive economic growth of littoral states of Indian Ocean obliges them to protect their energy needs and interests in order to endure their purchasing power. This

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  • Inside the Beltway: Iran hardliners vs Iran hardliners0

    By James M. Dorsey 16 January 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Alarm bells went off last September in Washington’s corridors of power when John Bolton’s national security council asked the Pentagon for options for military strikes against Iran.   The council’s request was

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  • Inactive Lifestyle – Bangladesh’s Much Ignored Health Risks0

    By Dr. Asad Khan 16 January 2019 In recent years Bangladesh has done well to achieve multiple health targets – has reduced under-5 infant mortality, eradicated most communicable diseases, increased longevity etc. etc.  However, with the change of time and circumstances it now faces new challenges in health for which country’s health education and the

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  • Induction of Pakistan A-100 MLRS and Deterrence Equation of South Asia0

    by Syeda Saiqa Bukhari  16 January 2019 Pakistan inducted A-100 rocket in Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) into its arsenals, boosting the strength of Artillery Crop on January 4, 2019. The missile system was indigenously developed by Pakistani scientists and engineers. MLRS which comprise of two main elements: rocket munitions and a self-propelled platform to carry and launch

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  • Recreating Popular Policies into Movies: The ‘Political’ Box Office in India1

    How’s the Josh (Energy)? High Sir. How’s the Josh? High Sir. How’s the Josh? High Sir. Jai Hind! This particular dialogue from the movie Uri that released last week has taken social media and political circles by storm.  One of the first releases by Bollywood and distributed by Zee Studios in India has garnered attention

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  • 2018 Parliamentary Elections- A Promising Prospectus for the Electoral Infrastructure in Afghanistan0

    Ahmadullah Archiwal 14 January 2019 In October, Afghanistan held the long-delayed parliamentary elections, a process which has since gone from good to bad and now to the ugly. The elections were significant for many reasons. The current parliament, which overstayed for over three years, was legally bound to be replaced by a new parliament in

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  • Myanmar sends more troops to troubled Rakhine State0

    Myanmar’s military has been sending more troops to Rakhine State where fighting has intensified. Photo: AFP/Ye Aung ThuASIA UNHEDGEDREAL-TIME INTEL ON WHAT MOVES MARKETS On January 4, Independence Day, the Arakan Army launched a series of attacks on police stations. Clashes continue and are expected to intensify By BERTIL LINTNER JANUARY 14, 2019 The war in Myanmar’s

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  • Kashmir’s Shah Feasal Reimagining Electoral Politics 0

    By Dr. Adfer Shah   14 January 2019 Dr Shah Faesal’s reclaiming and reimagining the electoral politics after resigning from the prestigious civil services in Kashmir neither seems vapid nor promising at the moment. The prominent youth icon shot to fame when he topped the Indian Civil Services (IAS) in 2010. It was a time when the Kashmir

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