• Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: A Man of Ten Seconds?0

    by R. Chowdhury 4 April 2019 Yes, 10 seconds. While celebrating anything about Sheikh Mujibur Rahman—there are scores of them– his party and sycophants have only one thing to show: A ten-second video footage of his March 7, 1971 speech, eliminating the remaining 1010 seconds of the delivery. As if that heavily edited ten-second oratory

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  • Economic reform in the Gulf: Who benefits, really?0

    James M Dorsey Mar 29, 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr For Gulf leaders, long-overdue economic reforms were never going to be easy. Leaders like the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed, quickly

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  • The impact of Anti-Beggary Laws on the lives of Traditional Street Performers in India0

    by P Avinash Reddy 1 April 2019 Traditional street performers predominantly belong to certain tribal communities and rely on knowledge that has been passed to them over centuries. It has become their way of life and is their sole source of livelihood. These individuals go through rigorous training from their early childhood days and start

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  • Squaring the circle: US challenges China on Xinjiang0

    By James M. Dorsey 1 April 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr A draft US resolution that would designate a Pakistani militant as a global terrorist threatens to be China’s, and possibly Pakistan’s showdown at the OK Corral. The draft is supported by Britain

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  • South Asia; Aren’t we victims of eco-terrorism?0

    by Nazrul Islam 1 April 2019 A foreign language movie, which was released in 2017, has drawn my attention recently. In this film it was depicted that how horror can be the environmental pollution. At the end of the film, the term ‘eco-terrorism’ has been used and logically the term draws our attention when the

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  • Pulwama and the Delusional Indian media2

    by Kashif Mehmood 31 March 2019 Pulwama  , a stunningly beautiful south Kashmir town , located 35 miles south of Srinagar on Sri-Jammu Highway , a suicide attack on an Indian Paramilitary convoy  here this Valentine’s Day could  have become the Arch Duke Ferdinand moment of the two nuclear Armed nations of South Asia  ,

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  • Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100: Implementation challenges and way forward0

     Shamsul Alam |  March 31, 2019 Bangladesh Government has approved Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100) on September 04, 2018 with the aspiration of achieving ‘safe, climate resilient and prosperous Delta’ by 2100. In other words, ‘BDP 2100 is the plan for moving Bangladesh forward towards the end of 21st Century. Efforts have been made

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  • Geopolitical Scales of One Belt One Road0

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 31 March 2019 “Let China sleep; when she wakes she will shake the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte In the year 1271 in the 13th century a young Venetian begins a 24 years trek to emperor Kublai Khan’s court in Cambulac – modern day Beijing and returned  on a different route. He visited the 

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  • Indian Current Developments and Strategic Stability0

    Syeda Saiqa Bukhari 30 March 2019 South Asian region is the home of instability and insecurity because of historical enmity between India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan fought three major wars and involved in limited clashes. Nuclear weapons brought strategic stability in the region but India as an aggressor states always try to initiate military

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  • India: Sushma’s Maldives visit lends economic direction to political ties0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  29 March 2019  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s two-day official visit to Maldives in mid-March has given more meaning and purpose to the bilateral relations between the two countries than already. Coming as it did after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s participation at the Inauguration of President Ibrahim Mohammed ‘Ibu’ Solih in November

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  • NSG: STILL NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE0

    In the humdrum of a high-profile nuclear control body, Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), consideration of Indian membership to this group has caught everyone’s attention. I wonder how nations can forget the bitter past of Indian explosion in 70’s that lead to the birth of NSG. The question is that, why India being given a popular

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  • Balochistan: A powder keg at a geopolitical crossroads0

    By James M. Dorsey 28 March 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that

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  • Kashmir; A peek into the Sangh’s sense of history. It’s flawed to the core0

    It doesn’t take rocket science to point out the glaring loopholes in the understanding of history by the ideologues of the Sangh pariwar. Nowhere else is their misreading of history more manifestly absurd than in their understanding of the circumstances that had gone into the coming about of Partition as a momentous event in the

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  • Bangladesh; The road to March 1971: Birth Pangs of a Nation0

    by R. Chowdhury 27 March 2019 March 1971 carries a special significance for Bangladeshis. This eventful month saw the culmination of the Bengalis’ movement for self-realization and independence. It also saw Pakistan’s heinous military crackdown on the unarmed Bengalis of then-East Pakistan with far-reaching consequences: Pakistan lost its significant half. BackgroundAfter the Awami League, under

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