• Parallels between Turkish soccer and general elections could prove uncanny0

    By James M. Dorsey      11/6/2018 With electoral upsets having become the norm, the latest upheaval that last week swept aside the long-standing president of Fenerbahce SC, the political crown jewel of Turkish soccer, has taken on added significance with Turkey heading into crucial snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24. The parallels

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  • Saudi effort to isolate Iran internationally produces results0

    By James M. Dorsey    8/6/2018 Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that it was breaking off diplomatic relations with the

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  • Citizenship Amendment Bill and the people of Assam0

    by Suhail Mohammed    7/6/2018 Most recently, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been the talk of every nook and corner of the state with people from all walks of life joining the bandwagon and raising voices against the ill-fated bill. The state has witnessed severe protest over the past few weeks and protesting slogans even

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  • Afghanistan: The Heart of Silk Road in Asia 0

    Image Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani hosted the Silk Road Mayors Forum in Kabul. By M. Ashraf Haidari   Reviving and building connectivity across the Eurasian landmass based on the commercial networks of the ancient Silk Road underpins one of the key economic goals of the Asian continent. Asian nations will

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  • The Dark Side of Indo-French Nuclear Cooperation1

    By: Ali Raza      5/6/2018 In 1945, United States used Nagasaki and Hiroshima, two major cities of Japan, as testing labs for nuclear weapons- leading WW-2 to an end. When world community witnessed disastrous consequences of nuclear weapon use in conventional warfare, it became the need of the hour to restrict other states from

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  • Human Rights Violations in Kashmir: A Case Study of 201730

    by Rameez Raja Mir       5/6/2018 Introduction Kashmir is known as the paradise on earth. It Kashmir is known to be the crown of India’s secular democratic culture. Unfortunately, human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir are regular occurrence issues. The violations have badly impacted the livelihood of the people, their living environments, their

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  • Strategic Challenges of Bangladesh’s Space Age0

    Abu Sufian Shamrat     4/6/2018 Bangladesh’s space age has begun with the successful launch of Bangabandhu-1 satellite by SpaceX into orbit on 11 May, providing Bangladesh the status of one of the 57 nations having own satellite. As the country is developing in terms of economic development, growth, GDP, women empowerment, human resource development, expanding

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  • PETROL / DIESEL PRICE IN INDIA – UNPOPULAR BUT APPROPRIATE DECISION OF GOVERNMENT0

      by N.S. Venkataraman    4/6/2018 Whenever petrol or diesel price is increased, there used to be animated discussions in the print, visual and social media in India. However, when the price comes down, there would be a deafening silence. Now, with the petrol/diesel price staying at a high level, Modi government is being accused

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  • Tibetan Refugees’ Incessant Sojourn in Nepal and India0

    By Hari Prasad Shrestha     4/6/2018 Khamsum Wangdu and his younger brother Kunsang Namgyal, Tibetan refugees achieved the opportunity to study at the University of Kathmandu’s dental school on scholarship. However, in 2015 they were denied the right to take the final licensing exam owing to their statelessness. However, the brothers later that year got

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  • Sri Lanka And the World: Whither Political Prudence? 0

    June 2, 2018 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera There is piercing hopelessness for the future when listening to certain political rhetoric in Sri Lanka. The International Workers Day, a day to remember workers’ rights, was initiated from the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. It grew from a general strike for the eight-hour workday and has over time

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  • Sri Lanka: TNA deserves a positive response0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  5 June 2018 In a recent interview to a Tamil newspaper, M A Sumanthiran, TNA parliamentarian and international spokesman, has made an offer that sections of the Sinhala polity truly desirous of a political solution to the ‘ethnic issue’ cannot resist. Unless the idea of a new Constitution is to use the

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  • Sri Lanka – The sinner and the stone-pelter0

      N Sathiya Moorthy    Colombo     3 June 2018 As more skeletons keep tumbling out of the ‘bonds scam’ cupboard, it is becoming increasingly clear that very few political parties and fewer still of their leaders, especially elected representatives, may have dipped their fingers in the till than believed so far. If President Maithiripala Sirisena-led SLFP’s

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  • King Abdullah of Jordan: Balancing on an ever-tighter tightrope0

    By James M. Dorsey    4/6/2018 A look at a decade of failed social, economic and political reform in Jordan goes a far way to explain recent mass anti-government protests demanding the resignation of the government. The protests, prompting concerns about the survival of the Hashemite dynasty, also bear witness to the fallout of the

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  • Sri Lanka: To make the ‘Tamil vote’ count again0

    N Sathiya Moorthy,  1 June 2018 No one is talking about it as yet, at least not as much. However, everyone is thinking about it, and strategizing for it. The Presidential poll is much more than a year away, but that is now in everyone’s mind – the political class, that is. So, what if the

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