• Sri Lanka: Why is no one talking about an ‘insolvent’ economy?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  3 September 2019  The irony of Sri Lanka in the second decade of the second millennium is that everyone can blame everyone else without having to acknowledge his own contribution or owning up his share of the blame. It extends from corruption, to lawlessness to democracy-threats and the elimination of ethnic Tamil

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  • Maldives: Solih begins taking rough with the smooth0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 2 September 2019 From an unsubstantiated charge of bribe-taking as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, when predecessor Abdulla Yameen was in power, to an emerging controversy about ‘packing’ the nation’s Supreme Court with sympathisers of the ruling party, in the name of judicial reforms, to quietly neutralising emerging internal challenges,

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  • Gulf wealth: All that glitters is not gold0

    By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. Little suggests that fabulously wealthy Gulf states and their Middle Eastern and North African beneficiaries have recognized what is perhaps the most important lesson of this year’s popular uprisings

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  • Calling Nuclear Bluff on Balakot: India’s ‘Choreographed’ Corporal Punishment to Pakistan0

    By Adnan Qaiser September 2019 While the history of South Asia is written in blood; it is also inked in phony prides and misplaced jingoism. At predawn on 26 February 2019, India carried out its second surgical strike in Pakistan.[1] The attack, similar to the one India had conducted on 29 September 2016,[2] struck Pakistan

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  • New Delhi’s ties with Dhaka crucial1

    By Manoj Kumar Mishra September 2, 2019 Bangladesh was concerned over the possibilities of exclusion and deportation of many Bangladeshis once the process of preparing the final citizenship list in Assam was over. However, addressing a press conference in Dhaka after meeting with his counterpart A K Abdul Momen, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar

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  • Kartarpur Corridor: Undoing Historical Wrong0

    by Rushali Saha 1 September 2019 The recent statement by Pakistan that it is committed to complete the Kartarpur Corridor despite tense ties with India is a welcome move. Although it might be intended to paint India’s international image as the aggressor and Pakistan as the patron of peace in the region, India should not

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  • Protest: The King is dead, long live the king0

    By James M. Dorsey 29 August 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, and Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. Protest is back on the front burner. Protesters occupy streets in cities ranging from Hong Kong and Moscow to Khartoum and Algiers. They would likely

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