• Kazakh court case tests Chinese power0

    By James M. Dorsey   13 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. A Kazakh court is set to put to the test China’s ability to impose its will and strongarm Muslim nations into remaining silent about its brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in the north-western province

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  • Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horrible cost0

    By James M. Dorsey     11 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East.

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  • Remodelling the Belt and Road: Pakistan picks up the torch0

    By James M. Dorsey   10 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Pakistan, following in the footsteps of Malaysia and Myanmar, is the latest country to balk at the China and infrastructure focus of Beijing’s Belt and Road-related investments. Preparing for his first visit to China

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  • The Pacific interests of India and China0

        by GAURI AGARWAL 9 October 2018 The 21st Century is described as the Pacific Century to denote the significant role the Pacific island countries are going to play in the global political, trade and strategic realms in the coming decades. The region has been an important geostrategic area with powers competing with other

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  • Sri Lanka: A lone ‘Tigress’???0

    Image credit: Colombo Telegraph   N Sathiya Moorthy  8 October 2018   The Monday morning arrest of former Minister of State and ruling UNP’s known Tamil woman’s face, Vijayakala Maheswaran, that too on what could tantamount to ‘terrorism charges’ has raised more questions than answering any. Though Vijayakala may not have non-UNP Tamil sympathisers and supporters thus

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  • Cyber terrorism – how real is its existence?0

        by Shamim Zakaria 8 October 2018   Finding a definition As one among the many different newest modus operandi used by terrorists in recent times, with the boom in the internet one that has come to existence is the term ‘cyber terrorism’. As it’s evident from the word cyber, this new phenomenon of

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  • Sri Lanka: A ‘nutty’ call this!0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 8 October 2018 The last time ‘nuts’ became the talk of high-level political lingo in these parts of the world, it was in 1981. Then Pakistani President, Zia-ul-Haq, was reported as dismissing visiting US counterpart Jimmy Carter’s offer of $ 400-m American aid for two years, as ‘peanuts’. That such a private

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  • Disorder in the world0

    by Habib Siddiqui      7 October 2018 The preamble of the United Nations states: “WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and

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  • Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China0

    By James M. Dorsey     7 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory

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  • Privatization of Security Can Derail US-Led Stabilization of Afghanistan0

    OCTOBER 6, 2018 BY M.ASHRAF HAIDARI The Trump administration has recently been encouraged to consider a plan using private military companies (PMC) to maintain security in Afghanistan. According to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, the plan’s primary external supporter, such a force would include 5,500 personnel and a 90-plane ready-to-use air force. Aside from saving American soldiers’ lives, it

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  • Pakistan-US Relations: Resettlement or Re-Stalemate0

    by Hareem Aqdas      5 October 2018 Pakistan-US relations have witnessed a severe decline especially after January 2018. Earlier this month, US Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo, who was accompanied by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford, stayed in Islamabad for nearly five hours during which he met Prime

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  • Achieving religious harmony in a world of fear and populism0

    By James M. Dorsey       5 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Edited version of remarks made at the Inter-Religious Organization Singapore, 1 October 2018 This is a tough time for men and women of the cloth, at least those whose message is one

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  • ARE FARMERS’ AGITATION IN INDIA JUSTIFIED?0

    by N.S. Venkataraman          5 October 2018 Indian Agriculture sector employs more than 50% of the total workforce in India and contributes 17 to 18 % of the country’s GDP. 70 percent of its rural households still depends primarily on agriculture for their survival. India has been witnessing repeated scenes of thousands

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  • Bangladesh: SDG implementation: Ensuring localisation and inclusiveness0

    Shamsul Alam | October 04, 2018  Successful implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh will largely hinge on how effectively it is integrated into national planning as well as localisation at district and upazila levels. At national level SDGs are fully integrated into the national development plan and strategies. The implementation at macro level is in full

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