• India’s Pursuit of Missile Development and Strategic Stability in South Asia0

    India once again tested a long-range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a range of 5-5500 km. The missile is capable of delivering a payload of 1.5 tons, enough to carry a fusion and fissile nuclear warhead. This is the fifth missile of the Agni series. Previously India tested the Agni-1 with 700km range, Agni-2 with

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  • US Has Treated Poor Countries Like Shitholes For Decades0

      By John Feffer, January 24, 2018 The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some U.S. diplomats have referred to the country as “shithole” — because the food’s rather bland and the nightlife rather staid — but the

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  • Single Member District- A Firm Step in Materialization of Greater Stability in Afghanistan0

    by Ahmadullah Archiwal       24/1/20189 If elections are meant to earn legitimacy through the representation of a particular populace, then higher is the turnout in an election greater will be the legitimacy of a regime and vice versa. The questions of representation and regime legitimacy are mainly addressed through elections in the post-2001 Afghanistan.

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  • Iran: Protests and threat of renewed sanctions focus economic thinking0

    By James M. Dorsey Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani’s repeated calls for reduced military and Revolutionary Guards involvement in the economy. Mr. Khamenei signalled his support by ordering the military and the Guards to start divesting from

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  • Whither Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘moderate’ Islam?0

    By James M. Dorsey   23/1/2018 Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises questions about the scope of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s commitment to what he has termed ‘moderate’ Islam. So does Saudi missionary activity in Yemen. The missionary activities

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  • Eleven Journalists Killed, 46 Attacked, 27 Cases of Police Action: Report on Press Freedom 20170

    By The Wire Staff on 20/01/2018 From Gauri Lankesh’s murder to defamation suits, attacks on the media have become commonplace. Credit: Karnika Kohli/The Wire New Delhi: The ‘India Freedom Report: Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in 2017’ by The Hoot confirms with data what an alarming year 2017 was for journalists, including photographers and stringers,

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  • Gulf crisis turns Qatar into the ‘region’s Israel’0

    By James M. Dorsey Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf states.” Known for his hard-line pro-Israel views, Mr. Dershowitz drew his conclusion following an all-expenses paid trip to the Gulf state. Mr. Dershowitz argued that Qatar like Israel was “surrounded

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  • Society, Rights and Tradition0

    by Aishwarya Chaturvedi      19/1/2018 The idea of a society which we confront is not something given by nature but instead that which was crafted by human beings in the past and that which is constantly being made and remade by them in the present. Neither in respect of individuals nor in respect of society,

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  • Pretending to be savior of Bengalis in Assam0

      By Nava Thakuria       18/1/2018 For many people in eastern India, Bangladeshi means Bengali. It indicates that everyone living in Bangladesh must be a Bengali. But in reality, Bangladesh is a tiny neighboring nation with a secular identity comprising various ethnic tribes. The populous country is however dominated by Muslim population where almost

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  • Redefining the secular mode for India0

    By Romila Thapar   18/1/2018 17 January 2018 India needs to own its historical secularism, rather than reject it as an alien concept, to move the country towards more just governance. Flickr / M. Aditya Bharadwaj Let us begin with the assumption that we want a secular society in India. How then would one define it?

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  • IGNORANCE, JEALOUSY, AND HATRED BRING SELF DESTRUCTION0

    F R Chowdhury   17.1.2018 Donald Trump had a simple and easy slogan for his election campaign – MAGA – make America great again. Many think that Trump was trying to refer to Barrack Obama presidency period as a dark chapter and promised to bring back the white supremacy again. Obama is not only black, but

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  • WHAT VANCOUVER DIALOGUE MUST CONSIDER?0

      U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson and his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland made the announcement of Vancouver dialogue to take place on 16 January in order to deal with North Korean (DPRK) nuclear crisis. Countries like South Korea and Japan are also participating as they are directly under threat from DPRK. Astonishingly, India is pitching in the conference

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  • Nepal: As Political Revolution Completed, Massive Challenges Ahead for Economic Transformations0

    By Hari Prasad Shrestha Proper execution of federalism is of utmost importance agenda for prosperity in Nepal. The country has been devastated by great earthquake and reconstruction of infrastructures need great attention for its timely completion. It is necessary to increase employment opportunities for the population of the country and to work abroad through growth

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  • The Untold Story of India-North Korean Secret Nuclear Connection:0

    by Syed Zain Jaffery   15/1/2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his 2018 New Year’s address proudly declared, “The entire mainland of the US is within the range of our nuclear weapons, and the nuclear button is always on the desk of my office.” The US president Trump immediately took to the twitter, his favorite

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