• Book review: No good man among the living0

      Since 2001, many Americans are now questioning whether it was a mistake to send our troops to Afghanistan. Almost 16 years after the September 11 attacks on the twin towers in New York City , we are conflicted about what we are doing in Afghanistan. Americans are getting tired of the war that is

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  • STERILISATION OF UNWELCOME REFUGEES NOT UNETHICAL0

    It is reported that there are over 4 million refugees who live in refugee camps around the world. Most of them live on the government’s ration, do not do any productive work and multiply in number in quick time. Several governments in the world are in a dilemma as to whether they should give free

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  • State war crimes: UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigation quickly!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal 26.10.2017 Time is fast running out for Srilankan regime to prove to the world that its military-police apparatus had not committed war crimes against the minority Tamil community a part of its military campaign to weaken Tamil movement for equity. The Sirisena government had – directly and through the USA- approached

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  • The Saga of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan0

    by Rameez Raja The state of Pakistan was formed to protect the economic and religious rights of minorities. However, Pakistan eventually hit the worst record of human rights violations particularly against the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMC) that has been forcibly declared as non-Muslims by the Pakistan Assembly in 1974. Despite Pakistan crushing the rights of

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  • The Lahuré: The Origins, Inaccuracies and Impact of the British Gurkha Construction0

    by Hadi Ahmadzadeh Introduction At the beginning of the 19th century the East India Company was establishing its stranglehold on the South Asian subcontinent. They were not the only imperial force in the region however, as Bhimsen Thapa, Prime Minister of the newly founded Gorkha kingdom of Nepal, turned his expansionist gaze to the south

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  • Assessing the “ethno-political” conflict: Rohingya’s statelessness and their vulnerability in Myanmar0

    Introduction Civil wars dipped in “ethnic” colors pose a serious threat to international peace and security. The rise in such “ethno-political conflicts” has to make headlines and “topics” of numerous discussions on global arena ever since the world was divided into “blocs” and it dramatically escalated in the early 80s and late 90s. By the

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  • Needed: National Discourse On Strategic Policy And Politics0

    by Sathiya Moorthy, 22 October 2017 Even as the nation is debating the contours and contents of a new Constitution, there is an urgent need to include in it the parameters of a new ‘strategic thinking’. If there is a paradigm-shift of any kind, Sri Lanka should not shy away from discoursing on the subject and

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  • How did Hindus become Hindu and why Hindutva is not Hinduism1

    by Devdan Chaudhuri Hindutva is not a religious idea, but a far-right political ideology, just as Zionism is the far right political ideology of Judaism. May we never hate each other. The Katha Upanishad The aim of this essay is to recover the true history and real meaning of key words, which have got muddled

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  • Turning our back on the Rohingya genocide: ‘But this is so un-Australian!’0

    by Adil Khan 20 October 2017 Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar in an unstable boat and bad weather (Image Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/Flickr CC 2.0) The Turnbull Government has refused to condemn the horrific humans rights abuses by the Burmese military against the Rohingyar people, writes former U.N. senior policy manager Professor M. Adil Khan. One of Myanmar’s

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  • Making voting both simple and secure is a challenge for democracies1

    Making voting both simple and secure is a challenge for democracies The US compares relatively poorly with equivalent countries when it comes to voter registration. Reuters/Bria Hall Pippa Norris, Harvard University; Sarah Cameron, University of Sydney, and Thomas Wynter, University of Sydney Recent elections around the world have raised concerns about the procedures used for

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  • Demonetization and GST: Is not Indian economy failing under Modi government?0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ———- Apparently, Indian PM Modi has managed to pump into Indian mindset, badly crushed by the Congress era corruption cum arrogance, a lot of empty optimism as he fed the people with empty promises. He knows that mere promises but with conviction are enough to get their votes, in the absence

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  • The Xiamen Bonhomie: Underscoring BRICS Triumphalism and Pragmatism1

    The Ninth BRICS Summit at Xiamen, China on 4 September 2017 has surprised the whole world with an unprecedented outcome. There were imaginations across the world of two major leaders of India and China not even seeing each other and exchanging pleasantries. The meet has surpassed and astounded even the expectation of the policymakers, thinkers,

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  • Anti-government statements, not sedition: Indian Supreme Court!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal _____ Today most governments are increasingly intolerant of the public criticism of their misgovernance and corruption. The critics are attacked – India claiming to be the largest secular democracy in the world suffers badly on that count. Many critics face notorious seduction charges and are in jail because of their conviction

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  • Nuclear Politics and Strategy in South Asia0

    by Asma Khalid Strategic framework of South Asia is comprised of the bipolar equation between India-Pakistan, inter-connected with Regional Security complex and other Major Powers. It is considered that in South Asia: peace and stability being with a Nuclear weapon. Nuclear arsenals are characterized as the great equalizer and ultimate tool to counter adversary’s present

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