• Moderating Saudi Islam: Government Proposes Tightening Fundraising Rules0

    By James M. Dorsey        30/1/2018 A Saudi draft law could constitute a first indication that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to return the kingdom to a moderate form of Islam will some reshaping of the kingdom’s global funding for Sunni Muslim ultra-conservative educational and cultural facilities as well as militants. The

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  • Hate crime: A new norm in India0

    by Muzamil Yaqoob    29/1/2018 In their charge sheet filed in the court of the Rajsamand chief judicial magistrate on Friday, police stated Regar linked Afarajul’s death to love jihad, Article 370, Islamic terrorism so that his illicit relations with the woman would not be discovered. (HT: 15 Jan 2018). The half-burned body of Muslim

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  • How regional rivalries threaten to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey       28/1/2018   Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio. The threat is magnified by Iranian assertions that low intensity warfare is heating up in

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  • China’s overshadowing profile in the East! 0

    by  Sudhanshu Tripathi      28/1/2018 Undoubtedly China has successfully established several grand examples of unparalleled growth and progress surpassing all countries in South Asia as well as the whole world. Its fast-progressing economy, state of the art achievements in the field of science and technology and achieving a problematic target of child-birth control have

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  • Kazakhstan – Chairman of the UN Security Council0

    by Nasrullah Brohi   27/1/2018 The UN Security Council is waiting for an interesting time. At least, such a conclusion can be drawn from the stated working agenda for the next month. In January 2018, the UN Security Council was headed by one of its non-permanent members, the Republic of Kazakhstan. This young, ambitious country has

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  • Unrest in Iran will continue until religious rule ends0

    Haidar Khezri, Indiana University The two-week protest movement that rocked cities across Iran earlier this year has largely subsided, but the fallout from the government’s harsh response has just begun. More than 3,700 people were arrested and 23 were killed in sometimes violent nationwide marches that started on Dec. 28, 2017, in response to an

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  • Development challenges Bangladesh faces0

    Implementation of the Development challenges Bangladesh faces: Challenges and way forward Shamsul Alam | January 25, 2018 Development of Bangladesh is about defying various odds ranging from frequent devastating disasters to managing the highly dense population and emerging as a development puzzle. Social achievement in Bangladesh has superseded the economic one. Recognition from the international

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  • Avoiding Nuclear Crises In Asia0

    January 24, 2018 RSIS Confrontations between nuclear-armed states in Northeast and South Asia conform to a historical pattern of brinkmanship mixed with caution. But with risks still serious, a more effective response is required. By Rajesh Basrur The spectre of nuclear war, once thought to be receding with the end of the Cold War, is

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  • US Strategy In Afghanistan Requires Diplomacy And Military Power0

      January 24, 2018 YaleGlobal Online To ensure a stable Afghanistan, convincing the Taliban to negotiate, the United States must cooperate with China and Pakistan. By Ehsan M. Ahrari* President Donald Trump desperately needs to win the ongoing war in Afghanistan. But the Central Asian state of 35 million people continues to offer hard choices

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  • India’s Pursuit of Missile Development and Strategic Stability in South Asia0

    India once again tested a long-range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a range of 5-5500 km. The missile is capable of delivering a payload of 1.5 tons, enough to carry a fusion and fissile nuclear warhead. This is the fifth missile of the Agni series. Previously India tested the Agni-1 with 700km range, Agni-2 with

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  • US Has Treated Poor Countries Like Shitholes For Decades0

      By John Feffer, January 24, 2018 The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some U.S. diplomats have referred to the country as “shithole” — because the food’s rather bland and the nightlife rather staid — but the

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  • Single Member District- A Firm Step in Materialization of Greater Stability in Afghanistan0

    by Ahmadullah Archiwal       24/1/20189 If elections are meant to earn legitimacy through the representation of a particular populace, then higher is the turnout in an election greater will be the legitimacy of a regime and vice versa. The questions of representation and regime legitimacy are mainly addressed through elections in the post-2001 Afghanistan.

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  • Iran: Protests and threat of renewed sanctions focus economic thinking0

    By James M. Dorsey Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani’s repeated calls for reduced military and Revolutionary Guards involvement in the economy. Mr. Khamenei signalled his support by ordering the military and the Guards to start divesting from

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  • Whither Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘moderate’ Islam?0

    By James M. Dorsey   23/1/2018 Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises questions about the scope of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s commitment to what he has termed ‘moderate’ Islam. So does Saudi missionary activity in Yemen. The missionary activities

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