• Nepal Elections: A Right Direction for Constitution Implementation and Political Stability0

      By Hari Prasad Shrestha Some critics consider Nepal almost as a one-city state. Almost all the country’s opportunities, its decent medical facilities, its key places for education, its administrative centers, the whole thing is in Kathmandu. The centralized system of state became major causes of increasing inequalities between Kathmandu and rest of the nation.

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  • Saudi crackdown raises spectre of wider spread dissent0

      By James M. Dorsey Few paid attention to a rare protest in Saudi Arabia in late January 2011 as a wave of popular uprisings swept the Middle East and North Africa, toppling the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. Yet, the protests and criticism of the government’s handling of floods in the Red

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  • MONSOON RAINS BRING CHENNAI CITY, INDIA TO IT’S KNEES – SHOULD IT BE SO BAD?0

    The northeast monsoon in the first week of November has been heavy with a torrential downpour in Chennai city, and suburbs, as per the forecast correctly made several weeks earlier. It caused severe disruption for a few days, disrupting traffic, water entering into some residences and with loss of lives. A careful study of the

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  • Bangladesh elections and absence of democracy0

    In Bangladesh, the Prime Minister has all the power and to grab this power; the two large parties participate in elections. One side wins; the other party goes on the run. Their leaders get hundreds of charges against them, and they are ridiculed, some get killed or abducted. The race is to grab absolute power

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  • In shadowy covert wars, Iran takes centre stage0

    By James M. Dorsey In the shadowy world of covert proxy wars, Iran is taking centre stage, both as a target and a player. A series of incidents involving Iranian ethnic and religious minorities raise the spectre of the United States and Saudi Arabia seeking to destabilize the Islamic republic. Not to sit back passively,

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  • Unfriendly Allies: Blaming Pakistan for Failures in Afghanistan0

    By Adnan Qaiser French statesman, Georges Clemenceau had notably observed, “War is too important to be left to the generals.” Although no general ever happily walks into his Waterloo, American generals’ jitteriness in Afghanistan is understandable. US defence secretary, General (R) James Mattis admitted recently: “We haven’t fought a 16-year war so much as we

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  • Geopolitics will decide fate of the Rohingya0

    By Ana Pararajasingham The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya has prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence,

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