• Maldives: Ahead of presidential polls, West going slow on Yameen?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      24 April 2018 Through separate but related developments, involving the UNHRC and the EU, the international community (read: West) seems to have resigned to the possibility/inevitability of talking Maldivian democracy with incumbent Abdulla Yameen even after the presidential polls, scheduled for September-October. If it came to that, India as the immediate but recently-estranged

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  • SCO Ministerial Meeting 2018: Missed Opportunities for India and Pakistan?0

    by Bawa Singh, Ph.D.      23/4/2018 SCO Foreign and Defence Ministers Meeting are going to be held in Beijing (China) on 23-24 April 2018. The SCO (2001) has come into existence with the objectives of regional cooperation for the elimination of terrorism, fundamentalism, and secessionism. In due course of time, some other areas like education,

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  • Bangladesh: Tainted Judiciary0

    M A Hossain       24/4/2018 Britain is the oldest democracy, while the United State is one of the finest democracies in the world. Democratic systems also prevail in most of the European nations as well as that of the Australian continent. In Asia, we can see strong democracies in Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan,

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  • A CALCULATED MOVE TO WEAKEN JUDICIARY AND DESTABILISE INDIA0

        N.S. Venkataraman      23/4/2018 The move of some opposition political parties in India to impeach the Chief Justice of India is one of the worst incidents happening in India in the last several decades. No member of parliament has been irresponsible enough to vote for impeaching the Chief Justice of India in

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  • Sri Lanka; Travails still for the TNA!0

    Sathiya Moorthy      Colombo, 22 April 2018 If someone thought that the post-LG poll travails of the ruling TNA in the North has had a happy ending, it is not to be – or, so it seems. If anything, the Provincial Council elections in the North, due later this year, could open up new wounds,

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  • Saudi engagement in Iraq: The exception that confirms the rule?0

    By James M. Dorsey     21/4/2018 Stepped up Saudi efforts to forge close diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to Shia-majority Iraq in a bid to counter significant Iranian influence in the country appear to be paying off. The Saudi initiative demonstrates the kingdom’s ability to engage rather than exclusively pursue a muscular, assertive and confrontational

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  • Sri Lanka: Learning it from Bangladesh!0

      Sathiya Moorthy     18 April 2018 For all those, both inside Sri Lanka and outside, who want an ‘instant closure’ to war-crimes probe and all, they only need to look at fellow South Asian nation Bangladesh. Full four decades and more after the ‘Bangladesh freedom war’, the nation has put those that indulged in

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