• Indian Concerns over Rising Levels of Pollution0

    It is not merely Delhi, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) of India data project that cities in Uttar Pradesh such as Lucknow and Kanpur and many cities across India are wobbling under rising levels of air pollution. However, pollution in Delhi has become a major concern and air quality of the city reduced drastically

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  • How Student Community Reacted to the Killing of SPOs in Kashmir Valley: An interview with several students1

    by Paul Aabid   14 November 2018 The recent killing of SPOs and political party workers in the Kashmir valley created an outrage across the state. Both national and local media along with netizens cutting across the political lines condemned such killings. On a similar note while debating on this grave concern, the students studying in

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  • South Asia: Is ‘regime-change’ an end in itself?1

      The alternative for India would and should be to shed the post-Cold War past here and now — re-look at the South Asian priorities. N Sathiya Moorthy   12 November 2018 If there is a ‘lesson’ the ‘international community’ (read: West) has to learn (!) from some of the events standing also in their name in

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  • Ron Paul: President Trump’s Iran Policy, Is It ‘Normal’?0

    November 13, 2018 Ron Paul It’s not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.” And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly

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  • Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid repatriation0

    Rohingya refugees perform prayers as they attend a ceremony organised to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018. Photo: AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid repatriation It’s not clear conditions

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  • Russia’s Growing Clout in Asia Pacific Region0

      by Yead Mirza  11 November 2018 In their strategic calculus, the Asia Pacific major powers as well as other countries do not consider Russia a major military power for the region. Although these Asia Pacific countries understand Russia’s military clout in Europe and Middle East, they somehow fail to see how overall Russian military

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  • The Khashoggi crisis: Saudi Arabia braces for tougher post-election US attitude0

    By James M. Dorsey       9 November 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a potentially more strained relationship with the United States in the wake of Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives in this week’s mid-term elections

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  • Radicalization at Central Province in Sri Lanka: re-visiting the global responses0

    Image credit: INSSSL by Natasha Fernando   9 November 2018 In the month of March 2018, Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency following riots and communal violence in the Central Province. An incident in Ampara, of North Eastern Province followed a claim by an individual to have come across ‘infertility pills’ in a plate of food at

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  • KSA, Pakistan, and China: The CPEC Trinity0

    by Asia Maqsood     8 November 2018 KSA adds great strength to the CPEC project, as being the 3rd Strategic Partner Although Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have shared long-lasting cooperative and a brotherly relationship built mainly on mutual religious beliefs, yet in international politics, nations choose to chase their own interests. Pakistan

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  • Why Did The Pakistan Army Kill The ‘Father Of Taliban’? 0

    Maulana Sami ul-Haq’s supporters attend the funeral prayers in Akora Khattak  BBC News   November 5, 2018 Nauman Sadiq On Friday evening, Maulana Sami-ul-Haq was found dead in his Rawalpindi residence. The assassination was as gruesome as the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He was stabbed multiple times in chest,

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  • Tamil bloc may hold the key in Lanka’s power struggle0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  1 November 2018 In a Sri Lankan House of 225 members, the cut-off figure comes to 113. With Wickremesinghe side touching 102 and Rajapaksa’s team at 101, the three-party Tamil National Alliance with 16 members and the left-leaning Sinhala-Buddhist nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna with 6 members hold the key. But with the latter

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  • The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together0

    By James M. Dorsey   4 November 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and potential Western sanctions against Saudi Arabia has sparked renewed debate about the value of the longstanding alliance between the United States and the kingdom. The debate is

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  • Sri Lankan Tamils Betrayed?0

      A man walks past a poster of Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena on a main road in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 28, 2018 [Reuters]   November 3, 2018 Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan In a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) electoral organizers meeting, President Sirisena proclaimed that he

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  • India: Russian made S400-Sword or Shield0

      India’s quest of becoming a regional powerhouse through strengthening its military power has seen some significant developments in the recent times. The most recent and probably the most significant development is the sale of S400 missile systems from Russia worth upwards of five billion dollars. Often touted as the most advanced, accurate, flexible and

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