• China struggles to fend off allegations of debt trap diplomacy0

    By James M. Dorsey 14 December 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Desperate for cash, Tajikistan is about to sell yet another vital asset to China at a time that countries like Sri Lanka and the Maldives

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  • India: A Tamil Nadu angle to the CAB0

    The Centre needs to take a closer look at the possibilities of the CAB garnering attention under the international law and be equal to the possibilities of CAB drawing into the international debate other recent issues such as Article 370 and the National Registry of Citizens, says N Sathiya Moorthy. N Sathiya Moorthy Rediff.com 12 December 2019

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  • OPTIMISM OVER DESPAIR- IN QUEST OF PEACE IN AFGHANISTAN0

    by Aditya Raj 13 December 2019 After rooting out Taliban regime after 9/11 and fighting it for 18 long years, there emerges a big question mark whether the future Afghanistan will become a new hub of Salafi-Jihadism and a terror launchpad against the west. There are two possibilities which will be decisive about the future

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  • The Protracted Afghan Imbroglio0

    By Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra 9 December 2019 Historically, Afghanistan facilitated intercontinental trade, military moves and maneuvers of great powers and rulers. Emergence of the independent Central Asian states and the natural resources hidden in the Central Asian region which became globally known in the 1990s contributed to the sudden rise of the region’s importance not

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  • SDGs implementation: Where does Bangladesh stand?0

    Shamsul Alam | December 9, 2019 The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a follow-up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 and completed in 2015. However, SDGs differ from MDGs in many aspects. SDGs want to ensure that ‘No One is Left Behind!’. The new goals have been envisioned to enable countries to

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  • Ending the Gulf crisis: Natural gas frames future Gulf relations0

    By James M. Dorsey 8 December 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, Podbean, Audecibel, Patreon and Castbox. Natural gas could well emerge as the litmus test of how relations among the Gulf’s energy-rich monarchies evolve if and when a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led

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  • Asia’s drug ‘kingpin’ more Hollywood than reality0

    Ok Drugs Golden Triangle December 1, 2019 Sensational portrayals of a new meth ‘kingpin’ misinterpret the dynamics of Asia’s narcotics trade By Bertil Lintner, Chiang Mai The Asia-Pacific drug trade has a new kingpin, at least according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and some Western anti-narcotics officials. His name: Tse

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  • Pakistan PM: Comedy of Errors2

    by Mehrooj Rai 6 December 2019 Since the time Imran Khan came into power, his goof-ups and clangers have left many scratching their heads and have continued to create controversies, causing embarrassment for Pakistan all over the world. Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan was lampooned on social media after he made a scientifically incorrect

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  • The Production of Rare Earth: Why India Failed?1

    Summary India recognised the importance of rare earth back in 1950 and started extracting rare minerals through the establishment of the Indian Rare Earth Limited. India could not, however, make progress in this sector due to several reasons. Against this background, this article investigates some of the major steps undertaken by India to develop the

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  • Bangladesh: An Enslaved Nation? (Part II)2

      “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and statesman (1749-1832).  (In Part I, published on November 30, 2019, I tried to explain how Bangladesh was enslaved by an Indo-Bangla clique. In this part, I attempted to study how India cast a greedy

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  • Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2019: A New President and the Politics of Balances0

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera December 3rd, 2019 Summary The recent Sri Lankan election witnessed the Rajapaksa brothers – Gotabaya and Mahinda – coming to power. Gotabaya, former secretary of defence and a technocrat with little political experience, was elected president while Mahinda, former two-time president who ended the protracted civil war during his term 10 years

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  • India – Maharashtra politics – Powerful Pawar0

    by Elsa Lycias Joel 3 December 2019 India is a happening place. Anything can happen anytime and everything about political theatre is so dramatic and entertaining. The Maharashtra spectacle reminded me of the monkey and the crocodile story. The Shiv Sena scampering up its way to safety was indeed a sight to behold. Nobody dare

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  • India and Sri Lanka: Taking ‘mutual respect’ to a ‘very high level’1

    N Sathiya Moorthy 3 December 2019 Even in the best of times, the State visit of a Head of State to another nation, particularly an immediate neighbour, is of great significance. The expectations get doubled without anyone asking for it, when it is the maiden State visit overseas, and the neighbours are India and Sri

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  • India’s Dehumanizing Path to Global Catastrophe0

    by M Waqas Jan 3 December 2019 For a country that has since its inception prided itself as the world’s largest democracy, India has seen its very identity being bastardized by the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party for well over a decade now. With its divisive and religious-inspired brand of politics, the BJP’s populism is based

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