• Tamil Nadu’s ‘developmental dilemma’0

    Protesters in large numbers take out a march against the Sterlite copper plant on May 22, 2018.   Wikimedia Commons.   N Sathiya Moorthy  25 July 2018  The ‘Thoothukudi protests’ and police-firing, followed by multiple localised agitations against land-acquisition for the Rs 10,000-crore Chennai-Salem, eight-lane ‘Green Corridor’, again accompanied by pre-emptive police action preventive arrests, have raised questions

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  • Is Imran Khan the Pakistani military’s ‘favourite son’?0

     by Michael Kugelman 23 July 2018 Given Khan’s personality and policy positions, there’s reason to doubt that he is the army’s blue-eyed boy. Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, speaks during an interview at his home on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on July 29, 2017 [File: Reuters/Caren Firouz] MORE ON PAKISTAN

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  • Securing Xinjiang: China adds security component to Belt and Road initiative0

    By James M. Dorsey China appears to be shifting gears in its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative. Long projected as driven by economics and the benefit of infrastructure linkages, China appears to be increasingly adding a security component to the initiative against the backdrop of President Xi Jinping positioning of his country as a

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  • No Matter Who Wins Pakistan’s Vote, the Nation Loses0

    The military thinks elections give it a facade to rule from above. But that plan keeps backfiring. BY HUSAIN HAQQANI  | JULY 23, 2018, 10:04 AM Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (second from the right), Pakistani Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi (center), Pakistani Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan (top-right) and Pakistani Chairman

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  • The rise of Cross-border Terrorism and India’s Diplomatic, Soft Power and Military Response0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra         23 July 2018 Cross-border terrorism has emerged as a formidable threat to India’s sovereignty with a steep rise in cases of terrorist attacks on the Indian mainland. Terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001, the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Gurdaspur attack in Punjab in 2015 and Pathankot terror

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  • Saudi-UK media tie-up: Targeting the non-Arabic-speaking Middle East0

    By James M. Dorsey       23 July 2018 Long satisfied to attempt to dominate pan-Arab media and battle it out with Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera television network, Saudi Arabia has now set its hegemonic sights on influencing the media landscape of the non-Arabic speaking greater Middle East. In the wake of Crown Prince Mohammed

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  • FREEDOM OF PRESS AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY1

      F R Chowdhury     21 July 2018 It was Wednesday 18-July-2018, I was still on my morning breakfast listening to the TV news. The headline news was about a court verdict that gave £210,000.00 damages to Sir Cliff Richard for breach of his privacy by BBC. The story relates to a police search of

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  • PAKISTAN’S SPACE INITIATIVE1

    by Usman Ali Khan  20 July 2018 Dr. Abdus Salam conceived the idea of the country’s first space research programme and national space agency in 1961 about Fifty years ago. It was on Dr. Salam’s advice that a Space Sciences Research Wing of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was established. This later became as

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  • CPEC and Pakistan’s energy crises0

    By Qura Tul Ain Hafeez    20 July 2018 An adequate amount of electricity is primarily a way towards the industrial growth, transportation, infrastructural improvement, sustainable development, education, agricultural advancement, research and development and almost all aspects of a developed an advanced economy. It also facilitates the provision of jobs and hence better living standards.

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  • SIPRI Annual Report: Flawed Analysis of Pakistan’s Nuclear Forces0

    By: Ahyousha Khan     20 July 2018 Since its inception, Pakistan’s nuclear program became a victim of nuclear apartheid, even though the acquisition of nuclear technology not only for peaceful purposes but security purposes is the inalienable right of states. It’s worth mentioning that Pakistan in its attempt to acquire mastery in nuclear fuel cycle

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  • Bangladesh’s Quota System Needs to Go0

    By Habib Siddiqui      20 July 2018 During the British rule of India, a famous politician in the undivided Bengal province once said, ‘The politics of Bengal is, in reality, the economics of Bengal.’ Looking at Bangladesh’s history since 1947 when she was named East Pakistan, and esp. since 1971 when she became an

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  • Sri Lanka: Leviathan in an Island Democracy0

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera      19/7/2018   “Mankind has a perpetual and restless desire for power, a desire that ceases only in death” Thomas Hobbes   India is concerned by growing Chinese influence in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Some of this concern stems from a housing project recently awarded by the Sri

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  • A double-edged sword: China and Pakistan link up with fibreoptic cable0

    By James M. Dorsey      19/7/2018 This month’s inauguration of a fibreoptic cable linking Pakistan with China could prove to be a double-edged sword. Constructed by Chinese conglomerate Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, the cable is likely to enhance both Pakistan’s information communication technology infrastructure as well as the influence of Chinese authoritarianism at a

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  • Whither Wahhabism? 0

    July 18, 2018 James M. Dorsey   Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric since its founding more than eighty years ago.

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