• Fake democracy always poses a grave threat to sovereignty!0

    M A Hossain      25/4/2018 There is no room for adopting any self- styled democracy by replacing the theory of Abraham Lincoln’s democracy. In today’s world, we hear from some rulers that development is more important than democracy. As if the so-called development is unimpeded and not subject to any retardation; and as if

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  • WHY NO CONCERN ABOUT THE LIQUIDATION OF PETROLEUM REFINERY PROJECT IN CUDDALORE, INDIA?0

    N.S. Venkataraman      25/4/2018 It is surprising that neither the Government of Tamilnadu nor the political parties or fringe groups in Tamilnadu have expressed concern that a six million tonne per year capacity petroleum refinery project in Cuddalore with an estimated investment of more than Rupees 15000 crore is likely to be liquidated soon.

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  • Status of democracy and regional cooperation in South Asia0

    M A Hossain       25/4/2018 Even two years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi was adored and admired as the icon of democracy and human rights. Recently, the same person has turned into a top villain of democracy and human rights. Lots of international organizations and institutions had already taken back the awards, prizes, and

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  • Kabul attack underscores security issues ahead of Afghan elections0

    The site of this weekend’s suicide bombing in Kabul. Photo: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images by Michael Kugelman       24/4/2018 The terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the April 22 attack on a voter registration site in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed more than 60 people. The tragedy followed four other election-related attacks, including the abduction

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  • Modi’s honeymoon period is over0

    by MICHAEL KUGELMAN April 22, 2018 For nearly four years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done something extraordinary: Despite confronting many problems and crises at home, he has managed to remain consistently popular. Recent developments, however, suggest that he is starting to lose his magic — and fast. Consider Modi’s many struggles. He has

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  • Maldives: Ahead of presidential polls, West going slow on Yameen?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      24 April 2018 Through separate but related developments, involving the UNHRC and the EU, the international community (read: West) seems to have resigned to the possibility/inevitability of talking Maldivian democracy with incumbent Abdulla Yameen even after the presidential polls, scheduled for September-October. If it came to that, India as the immediate but recently-estranged

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  • SCO Ministerial Meeting 2018: Missed Opportunities for India and Pakistan?0

    by Bawa Singh, Ph.D.      23/4/2018 SCO Foreign and Defence Ministers Meeting are going to be held in Beijing (China) on 23-24 April 2018. The SCO (2001) has come into existence with the objectives of regional cooperation for the elimination of terrorism, fundamentalism, and secessionism. In due course of time, some other areas like education,

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  • Bangladesh: Tainted Judiciary0

    M A Hossain       24/4/2018 Britain is the oldest democracy, while the United State is one of the finest democracies in the world. Democratic systems also prevail in most of the European nations as well as that of the Australian continent. In Asia, we can see strong democracies in Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan,

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  • A CALCULATED MOVE TO WEAKEN JUDICIARY AND DESTABILISE INDIA0

        N.S. Venkataraman      23/4/2018 The move of some opposition political parties in India to impeach the Chief Justice of India is one of the worst incidents happening in India in the last several decades. No member of parliament has been irresponsible enough to vote for impeaching the Chief Justice of India in

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  • Sri Lanka; Travails still for the TNA!0

    Sathiya Moorthy      Colombo, 22 April 2018 If someone thought that the post-LG poll travails of the ruling TNA in the North has had a happy ending, it is not to be – or, so it seems. If anything, the Provincial Council elections in the North, due later this year, could open up new wounds,

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  • Saudi engagement in Iraq: The exception that confirms the rule?0

    By James M. Dorsey     21/4/2018 Stepped up Saudi efforts to forge close diplomatic, economic and cultural ties to Shia-majority Iraq in a bid to counter significant Iranian influence in the country appear to be paying off. The Saudi initiative demonstrates the kingdom’s ability to engage rather than exclusively pursue a muscular, assertive and confrontational

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  • Sri Lanka: Learning it from Bangladesh!0

      Sathiya Moorthy     18 April 2018 For all those, both inside Sri Lanka and outside, who want an ‘instant closure’ to war-crimes probe and all, they only need to look at fellow South Asian nation Bangladesh. Full four decades and more after the ‘Bangladesh freedom war’, the nation has put those that indulged in

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  • Economic Growth Can Help Afghanistan0

    M Ashraf Haidari | APR 18, 2018 SYRIA, North Korea, and Yemen have largely dominated headlines. But Afghanistan also remains in the global conscience. If anything, the much-needed international focus on the campaign against the Taliban has outlined how difficult the fight has become, despite our steady military gains. Frustrated with what many are mistakenly

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  • Impact of Pak-China relations on Sino-India relations0

    Sino-Indian relations have undergone significant changes in last five decades. India and China, however, are seen as important emerging powers in Asia. Their relations went through an active phase of rivalry in the years between 1960’s and 1970’s and then towards cooperation for peace, or some may call it Rapprochement policy after the end of

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