• After the ‘abhaya’ row, Tamils can forget re-merger0

      N Sathiya Moorthy     18 June 2018 It is anybody’s guess if the ‘abhaya row’ involving Muslim women teachers in the eastern Trincomallee’s Shanmuga College was motivated, or was only an expression of increasing Islamic traditions across the world. However, in the immediate Sri Lankan context, it has the potential to delay, if not deny,

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  • CPEC: Pakistan’s ‘Chinanization’ or Colonization?0

    By Adnan Qaiser     17/6/2018 Adnan Qaiser is a Research Associate at the prestigious Conference of Defence Associations Institute, Canada, with a distinguished career in the armed forces and international diplomacy. He examines Sino-Pak relations in the emerging new global order and can be reached at a.qaiser1@yahoo.com. It is said that in 1960 when Chinese Chairman

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  • Israel adopts abandoned Saudi sectarian logic0

    By James M. Dorsey       16/6/2018 Amid ever closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Israel’s military appears to be adopting the kind of sectarian anti-Shiite rhetoric that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is abandoning as part of a bid to develop a national rather than a religious ethos and promote his yet to be

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  • India’s Blood-Filled Kashmir Policy0

    By Ishaal Zehra   15/6/2018 Indian Occupied Kashmir continue to witness bloodshed as Indian forces are indiscriminately and incessantly hunting down the innocent people in the name of so-called search operations. Though the Indian government announced to suspend these operations during the holy month of Ramadan, however, on the second Friday of the Ramadan, heavy shelling

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  • United Nations Human Rights Report on Kashmir: Response from India and Pakistan0

    What is the report? United Nations has issued a report which mainly focused on the “situation of human rights in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018. It is the period over which allegations of widespread and serious human rights violations were received, notably excessive use of force by

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  • Is Growing Populism threat to Liberal Democracies…?0

    by Muzamil Yaqoob    14/6/2018 Francis Fukuyama, the US-based political scientist, argued in the early half of the nineteen-nineties that with the triumph of western liberal democracy the ideological evolution of humankind is completed. Liberal Democracy, he says ‘is now an ideal for all the states of the globe.’ As many political commentators believe that,

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  • PAKISTAN’S QUEST FOR NSG MEMBERSHIP AND ROLE OF CHINA0

    by Qur Tul Ain Hafeez    14/6/2018 Pakistan has been trying to acquire the membership of the 48 member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for the past several years. Its quest for the NSG membership is not only limited to gain parity with India but, to meet the growing energy demands also. The international community is

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  • 28th NSG Plenary: National Interests or Non-proliferation Norms0

    By: Ahyousha Khan      14/6/2018 Another year has elapsed, and future of South Asian non-NPT states aspiring to become a member of Nuclear Suppliers Group is still hanging in the air. Now as 28th NSG plenary is approaching, the time has come to see whether the efforts made by India and Pakistan will be

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  • Defending Kashmir: Book Review0

    “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” This remark made by Napoleon Bonaparte is quite right in the context of India-Pakistan wars. Both the countries since partition defend their respective versions of past and continue to do so until today. Numerous accounts have been written on Kashmir war

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  • Whither the Kurds?0

    This story was originally published in Europa Ethnica, Vol. ½, 2018 By James M. Dorsey Palestinians have long been known for a history of missing opportunities. By contrast, Kurds spread across several Middle Eastern nations appeared to have a keener understanding of geopolitics and were seemingly willing to embrace the art of the possible. All

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  • Book review: Left, Right and Centre: The Idea of India0

    by Aejaz Ahmad Wani      11/6/2018 There has been much fuss about nationalism in India in the past few years. Catchphrases such as national/anti-national, anti-Hindu, anti-State, Sickularity, and intolerance have kept coming up in public sphere. This is nothing but a contestation on the Idea of India, whether the idea of India is reducible

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  •  India-Pakistan Relations and Spy Movies: A Socio-Strategic Analysis 0

        Abstract Films offer a chance to study and develop an understanding on a particular subject. A huge team of specialists works together for months to produce a good feature film. There is a tradition of adaptation of literary stories or novels into films in Bollywood like other film industries of the world. In this

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  • Mukherjee’s Speech at the RSS Event0

    By Habib Siddiqui   11/6/2018 Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the closing ceremony of the ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event, on June 7 in Nagpur, India to mark the conclusion of a three-year training camp for swayamsevaks there. Mr. Mukherjee’s decision to address thousands of RSS volunteers has been a very controversial

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  • Sri Lanka: For the ‘minority’, not of the ‘minorities’?0

    Sathiya Moorthy, 11 June 2018 It is the irony of Sri Lankan times that the 225-member Parliament will now have a Deputy Speaker with only 97 members voting him into position. There were 53 MPs who voted against the winner. The second highest of numbers was those who ‘abstained’, a total of 74, leaving out Speaker

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