• Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground0

    By James M. Dorsey       5/4/2018 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dazzled international media and public opinion by lifting some restrictions on women’s rights, holding out hope for the abolishment of others, and a vow to return the kingdom to a vague form of moderate Islam that many believe is defined by

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  • TEN REASONS WHY COPPER SMELTER PROJECT IN INDIA SHOULD NOT BE CLOSED0

      N.S. Venkataraman     4/4/2018 It appears that environmental activism has become a profession these days all over the world. There are many environmental activists across the world whose full-time occupation now is to oppose projects, particularly relating to nuclear, chemical, mining, etc. These activists claim that they are voluntary bodies. One wonders from where

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  • Profile of Province Punjab in Pakistan0

      Dr. Rajkumar Singh     4/4/2018 Background The name ‘Punjab’ is compound of two Persian words Panj (five) and ab (water) and was introduced to the region by the Turko-Persian conquerers of India and more formally popularised during the Mughal Empire. Punjab means “The Land of Five Rivers” referring to the rivers: Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi,

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  • BANGLADESH; SOME OLD PREDICTIONS ARE BECOMING REALITY0

    F R Chowdhury      4/4/2018 In 1971, I was still a merchant marine officer. We used to call at Chittagong frequently but did not have much social contact in Chittagong. It was immediately after the liberation of Bangladesh that I joined the Chittagong Port Authority as a marine pilot. My official designation was Assistant

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  • Authentic Leadership of Martin Luther King Jr.0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera   4/4/2018   Martin Luther King Jr., second from right, stands on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968, the day before he was assassinated. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. (AP Photo/File)   “Our lives begin to end the day

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  • China Moves To Counter Violent And Non-Violent Expressions Of Uighur Identity0

    By James M. Dorsey    3/4/2018 China is moving on multiple fronts to pre-empt in the short-term Uighur foreign fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq from reasserting themselves in Central Asia and longer term prevent the emergence of an ever more vocal Diaspora like what Tibetans have achieved. The multi-pronged Chinese approach involves weaving Afghanistan more

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  • What Malala and the survivors of Florida gun shooting share in common0

      Michael Kugelman  April 03, 2018 This past week, 20-year-old Malala Yousafzai made an emotional return to Pakistan. Her four-day visit included meetings with friends, family, and senior officials, including Pakistan’s prime minister. Many Pakistanis applauded Yousafzai’s return. Some, however, did not. While she may have received a hero’s welcome, Malala is no national hero in Pakistan. A small but

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