• Saudi Arabia sends Joe Biden mixed messages0

      By James M. Dorsey     11 December 2020 Saudi Arabia appears to be drawing lines in the sand as the kingdom prepares for a new era in relations with the United States once President-elect Joe Biden assumes office in January. In doing so, the kingdom is seemingly signaling that it is willing to go

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  • Understanding Kanpur Horror in the Context of Paranormal0

      Dr. Adfer Rashid Shah & Ms. Rukmani Monga     9 December 2020  Abstract After Hathras, where a poor Dalit girl was brutally murdered, the recent Kanpur (Bhadras) horror has added a strange dimension. It is this very vicious act of human sacrifice to cure someone’s infertility. A minor girl (aged 7) was first abducted

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  • How the British spied on a pro-Bangladesh meeting in 19710

    Undercover UK cop reveals to public inquiry he infiltrated a pro-Bangladesh humanitarian group in London.   David Bergman December 8, 2020 A flag vendor selling Bangladesh’s national flag as people observe Victory Day which takes place every year on 16 December to remember the day in 1971 when the Pakistan military surrendered following a nine

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  • India: Old guard needs to make way for Congress to grow0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 7  December 2020 By the looks of it, the Congress cannot hope to return to power even in election 2024. What it can do is to start from the bottom, hold organisational elections, which are honest, and co-opt those elected to form teams of office-bearers at all levels, right up to the working

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  • Pakistan’s Odious Debt: The Capital Flight0

    by Mian Hameed     8 December 2020 The fallen colonial vestiges were expeditiously resurrected; comes to the rescue the new order—the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB). These organizations are means to punishment from God upon the inhabitants of the earth. The 150,000 people of the Awash River Valley would believe so. 

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  • France, Belgium and Austria Move into the Frontline of a Battle for the Soul of Islam0

    By James M. Dorsey     6 December 2020 Punching above its weight, the United Arab Emirates is wielding a combination of religious soft power, commercial and economic sway, and hard power in its bid to counter political Islam in ways that potentially could threaten pillars of Western democracy as well as US and European strategic

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  • India: Hindutva Leviathan0

      by Bhabani Shankar Nayak    6 December 2020 The Hindutva governments led by BJP in India are brazenly attacking Muslims, students, journalists, writers, human rights activists, youths, farmers, and marginalising communities. These assaults are integral to RSS and its ideology of Hindutva politics. The suppression of civil liberty is growing. The independent judiciary and

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  • Corona-year takes away half-a-century Indian journalists0

    by Nava Thakuria     4 December 2020 As the year 2020, shattered by the Covid-19 pandemic since March, approaches the end India finds itself in an awkward situation as the south-Asian nation has lost over 50 working journalists to the severe health hazard till the first week of December. Thousands of journalists along with other media

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  • Bangladesh: ‘How Democracies Die’ – Column by Mahfuz Anam0

    The Daily Star  December 04, 2020 Column by Mahfuz Anam: ‘How Democracies Die’ There is much to learn from this book Mahfuz Anam Winston Churchill’s comment in November, 1947 that “democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried before” remains as pertinent today as it was

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  • Australia’s Afghanistan War Crimes: A Case of Old Habits Die Hard?0

    by M Adil Khan — December 3, 2020 Picture of Aussie soldier gulping beer from ‘prosthetic leg of dead Taliban fighter’ Every time you start to believe that West is your model of morality, you get a jolt. Recent revelations of horrific war crimes committed by the Australian soldiers in Afghanistan where innocent men, women and children

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  • Silencing science? Why the Bangladesh government dismissed crucial Covid-19 research undertaken by a leading global health research institute.0

    David Bergman December 3, 2020 Female workers undergoing a body temperature scan as part of a health protocol at a garment factory following the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in Dhaka, Bangladesh in March, 2020. (Rehman Asad/ Alamy Stock Photo) This is either a story about bad Covid-19 science deservedly side-lined or it is a tale of important

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  • World Economic Forum Celebrated Pakistan Strategy Day0

    by Mian F. Hameed     1 December 2020 Pakistan has been consistently on the world forums and news for effective post-COVID-19 strategic responses. Pakistani local news outlets took to print, “the World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced November 25, 2020, as ‘Pakistan Strategy Day’ to commemorate Pakistan’s policies” against combating the novel coronavirus. At the

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  • The Twin Essence of Our Times0

    by  Bhabani Shankar Nayak      1 December 2020 The pestilence of COVID-19 has not only revealed the failures of capitalism but also exuberated over all institutions of capitalism. The culture of crisis and conflicts are organic to capitalism. Capitalist systems are antithetical to the idea of peace, prosperity, and stability. The Coronavirus infused lockdown

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  • The Muslim world’s changing dynamics: Pakistan struggles to retain its footing0

    by James M. Dorsey    1 December 2020   Increasing strains between Pakistan and its traditional Arab allies, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is about more than Gulf states opportunistically targeting India’s far more lucrative market. At the heart of the tensions, that potentially complicate Pakistan’s economic recovery, is also India’s ability to

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