• Understanding the UN Report on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir0

    A British representative on the UN Security Council, Mr. Noel Baker, once described the Kashmir dispute as “the greatest and gravest single issue in international affairs.” Finally, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released their “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir” in June 2018, the

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  • TAMIL NADU IN INDIA PAYING HIGH PRICE DUE TO POOR WATER GOVERNANCE0

    by N.S. Venkataraman      13 August 2018 Now, Tamil Nadu is facing an awkward and embarrassing situation,  as millions of cusecs of Cauvery water is now being let into the sea due to want of storage capacity. This is not the first time in recent years that such awkward and unacceptable situation has arisen

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  • The rise of Islamism in Bangladesh0

    Rashed Nabi     13 August 2018 Islamism in Bangladesh is rising precipitously. It is permeating every aspect of life and has taken root as much in urban centers as in rural communities. Everywhere – from modern business office to daily social life – Islamic codes tend to exert authority. Burqa and hijab-wearing women who vow

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  • Yemen war challenges Saudi moral authority0

    By James M. Dorsey     12 August 2018 Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges of the kingdom’s moral leadership of the Sunni Muslim world, a

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  • Post-Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics hit uncertain times0

    Post-Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu politics hit uncertain times N Sathiya Moorthy  8 August 2018 The death of nonagenarian Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the longest-serving ‘elected party chief’ in the democratic world, owing to age-related problems removes from the face of not just native Tamil Nadu but the nation as a whole, a part of its contemporary history, as much

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  • Sri Lanka: Greed, gimmick or confidence0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  10 August 2018 At a recent meeting, with envoys appointed when he was in office for 10 long years (2005-15), former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought their inputs for framing the nation’s foreign policy under a future government. By implication, it indicates his desire, hope and or confidence of staging a come-back;

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  • Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister0

    Credit: MPC Journal By James M. Dorsey An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in in the coming week as the South Asian country’s next prime minister. The offer was most immediately related

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  • Why India’s Afghan Strategy Proved Fledgling0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra     9 August 2018 Afghanistan was a neighbor of undivided India and shared long historical, cultural and political contacts. While the emergence of Pakistan with its anti-Indian identity to the west of India complicated the bilateral relationship, India’s efforts at improving ties with Afghanistan fell short of Afghan expectations. India’s role

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  • Afghanistan; The Bloody atmosphere continues0

      by Sidiqullah Sahel  * August 2019 Italian Historian, Diplomat, Politician and the writer of Renaissance period Niccolo Machiavelli held that “Human nature is to glorify past cry over present and hope for a better and bright future”. His theory of human nature applies and suits the conditions of many countries in the world. Even

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  • Sri Lanka: ‘Transactional approach’ to India relations persists, still0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  8 August 2018   The off-again-on-again buoyancy in the bilateral relations with the Indian neighbour notwithstanding, Sri Lanka’s approach in this regard has ab initio been stymied by successive governments’  ‘transactional attitude’, which makes for mistrust rather than and confidence-building. While Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans can go back in contemporary history to argue how

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  • Pakistan-Iran relations: India factor0

    www.pakistantoday.com.pk by Venita Christopher      8 August 2018 Pakistan and Iran’s relationship has been evolving. The relationship between the two states deteriorated after the Iranian revolution, the ties improved when the two countries signed the Free Trade Agreement in 1999. Today, both states have come together to bring stability in Afghanistan and to overcome

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  • India’s Probable Move toward Space Weaponization0

    Credit: India Defence update By: Ahyousha Khan      8 August 2018 The term Space Weaponization tends to raise the alarm as it implies deployment of weapons in the outer space or on heavenly bodies like Sun and Moon or sending weaponry from earth to the outer space to destroy satellite capabilities of other states.

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  • Bangladesh: “You cant tame a nation through fear”- Shahidul Alam0

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018 A few hours before the celebrated photographer Shahidul Alam was forcibly picked up from his Dhaka home by 25 plain clothes dressed Detective Branch officers, he gave a live skype interview to Al Jazeera about the ongoing student protests over road safety. A case has been filed against him under section 57 of

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  • Multiple diplomatic spats raise questions about Saudi concept of sovereignty0

    By James M. Dorsey          8 August 2018 The failure of Western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a false belief that economic sanctions will shield it from, if not reverse mounting criticism of its human rights record and conduct of the

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