• Khaleda’s imprisonment stirs global uproar, election uncertainty0

    Shahid Islam in Toronto     19/2/2018 A missed opportunity often yields disaster and turns unmanageable, if not handled with care. The conviction and imprisonment of BNP chairperson and, three times PM of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia, on February 8 could have led to instant chaos; which has been averted, thanks to Khaleda’s instruction to her followers

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  • Leaks of questions: A digital remedy0

      by  Hussain Imam     19/2/2018 The country’s education is in dire strait or should I say in doldrums. If education is the backbone of a nation, the backbone of Bangladesh is sure to become too weak and fragile to help the nation stand on its own feet. The reasons are many. Poor infrastructure, substandard

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  • JMD Valentine’s Day pinpoints limits of Saudi prince’s Islamic reform effort0

      By James M. Dorsey    19/2/2018 Valentine’s Day in Riyadh and Islamabad as well as parts of Indonesia and Malaysia puts into sharp relief Saudi Arabia’s ability to curtail the global rise of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism the kingdom helped fuel at the very moment that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is curbing some of

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  • MASSIVE FRAUD IN GOVERNMENT OF INDIA OWNED PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK0

    by N.S. Venkataraman  18/2/2018 A TEST CASE FOR MR. MODI The massive fraud in the government of India owned Punjab National Bank has shocked the citizens all over India and has also caused considerable surprise around the world for its brazenness. What is particularly disturbing is the way that the fraud took place, bypassing the

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  • Sex, lies & corruption in the U.S. Navy0

      by Gaurav Tyagi    18/2/2018 The USS Blue Ridge is the flagship of the U.S Navy’s 7th fleet, overseeing all American maritime operations in Asia and the Western Pacific. It is the U.S Navy’s second oldest active duty vessel and has survived the Vietnam as well as the Cold war. The Blue Ridge has

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  • China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East0

    by James M. Dorsey   RSIS 17/2/2018 China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more evident in China’s trashing of its vow not to establish foreign military bases,

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  • WILL RAJAPAKSA’S RETURN DO GOOD FOR SRI LANKA?0

    N.S. Venkataraman      16/2/2018 The decisive victory of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the local government polls in Sri Lanka on 10th February has caused considerable surprise to the political observers around the world. Rajapaksa’s party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, won in 239 out of the 341 councils pushing his rivals far behind. This

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  • Expanding regional rivalries: Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan0

      By James M. Dorsey   16/2/2018 It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East into the Caucasus. The two

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  • India’s Argumentative Battle in Kashmir0

    by Zaboor Ahmad      15/2/2018 Ever since 1947, India and Pakistan have laid claim to Kashmir and scholars continue to search and dilate the reasons for this intractable conflict between them. Apart from the argument of accession signed by the last Dogra Hindu king, Hari Singh with India; India has sought to keep the Kashmir

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  • Hypocriticism of Indian Media On Kashmir Issue1

    by Mir Suhail 15/2/2018 Nowadays, whenever we hear the word ‘debate’, our brains get accumulated with furious commotion. In Indian TV debates, no one listens to anyone; everyone speaks up simultaneously without listening to each other, without clear information and identification of what the problem is, how can there be any solution that is acceptable

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  • CAN INDIA PREVENT MALDIVES FROM GOING UNDER CHINA’S CONTROL?0

    by N.S.Venkataraman   15/2/2018 The present disturbed condition in the Maldives has made some people including opposition parties in the Maldives say that India’s military intervention is necessary. It is now becoming increasingly clear that Pakistan and its friend China think that war in one form or the other, in cold form or hot form, is desirable

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  • INDIAN AMBITION AND REGIONAL INSTABILITY0

    On 18 May 1974, Indira Gandhi gave the go-ahead for India’s first nuclear test at Pokhran in the Rajasthan desert. This explosion was labeled by the Indian government as a ‘Peaceful Nuclear Explosion’ (PNE). Following this path of nuclear development, Indian nuclear explosion affected the region the most as, later, it again conducted nuclear tests

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  • Sri Lanka: The New Regime and the Revolution0

    Le nouveau Régime et la Révolution by Prof.Asanga Abeyagoonasekera    13/2/2018 “The most perilous moment for a bad government is one when it seeks to mend its ways.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville, L’Ancien Régime et la Révolution (1856) At a meeting in Davos in 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a speech supporting the agenda

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  • Chinese extradition request puts crackdown on Uyghurs in the spotlight0

    By James M. Dorsey   12/2/2018 A Chinese demand for the extradition of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia puts the spotlight on China’s roll-out of one of the world’s most intrusive surveillance systems, military moves to prevent Uyghur foreign fighters from returning to Xinjiang, and initial steps to export its security approach to countries like Pakistan. The

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