• Sri Lanka; COVID curfew and after0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 23 March 2020 In the absence of a cure for COVID-19, Governments across the world are doing the next best thing, to ensure minimum damage under the circumstances. Shut-down or lock-down, to borrow a new-generation western terminology are the only way to ensure that the virus does not take the pandemic form,

  • Modi’s canceled Bangladesh visit is an opportunity0

    by Ali Riaz      19 March 2020 India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina before their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Altaf Hussain Bangladesh’s decision to cancel the public celebration event of ‘the Mujib centennial’ due to public health concerns after the detection of

  • As Pakistan trails, India sets to improve journo-murder index0

    by Navo J. Thakuria 17 March 2020 As Pakistan trails, India sets to improve journo-murder index by Nava J. Thakuria As the year 2020 rolls on, Pakistan reported the first murder of journalists in the Indian subcontinent. All other countries in the subcontinent have evaded killing of any scribes in the last two months. Around

  • Sri Lanka: Pandemic and Parliament Polls0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 16 March 2020 It may not be the appropriate occasion to say so, but then the corona virus spread and threat may be the best thing that the divided UNP Opposition could have asked for, just now. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has since declared that the elections would not be postponed. That is

  • Coronavirus: The Middle East’s lessons not learnt and missed opportunities0

    By James M. Dorsey 16 March 2020 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. There is little indication that Middle Eastern rulers are learning the lessons of the Coronavirus’ devastating effect. Nor is there any suggestion that they are

  • COVID-19 vs. Panic-20200

    by Nilantha Ilangamuwa 16 March 2020 Asia Watch Column Worldwide stock markets are crashing. Arbitrary travel bans are being imposed. Huge queues before supermarkets are a daily experience. Most of the airports are empty. The future of airlines is in a stalemate state. Skepticism among general public is higher than ever. Science has been replaced

  • Papering Over the Fissures Inherent in the Afghan Reconciliation Process0

    by M Waqas Jan 14 March 2020 In the wake of last month’s highly publicized peace agreement between the US and the Taliban, as well as the recently concluded Presidential elections, political turmoil in Afghanistan has once again taken center stage. While both these developments represent much welcomed progress of sorts in helping stabilize a


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