• The Kashmir crisis spotlights what a civilizational world looks like0

    By James M. Dorsey 12 August 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Spreaker, Pocket Casts, Tumblr, and Patreon, Podbean and Castbox. India’s decision to deprive Kashmir of its autonomy, alongside a clampdown in the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang and US-backed Israeli annexation of Arab

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  • Bangladesh: August 15: Know the Facts, Not Fiction0

    After 21 years in the political wilderness, the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) returned to power in 1996. The victory did not come easy, even though the party enjoyed considerable support from key players. Justice Habibur Rahman, the Chief Advisor of the Caretaker Administration that was responsible for overseeing the election in 1996, was known to

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  • India’s Sudden Kashmir Move Could Backfire Badly1

    New Delhi’s crackdown could send the region spinning into instability. BY MICHAEL KUGELMAN | AUGUST 5, 2019 On Aug. 2, the state government of Jammu and Kashmir issued an extraordinary order. Citing terrorist threats, it ordered tourists and pilgrims to evacuate, and it shuttered schools. This came several days after New Delhi deployed thousands of new troops to

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  • CPEC is dead. Somebody tell Beijing9

    Pakistan’s political and military leadership, and business elite, have stopped investing their capital in CPEC. Now how do we get out of it? 1 August 2019 It’s over. If ever there was a thought within Pakistan’s leadership — political, military, and business — that Beijing could replace Washington as the foreign capital with the most

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  • Bangladesh And The Religious Warfare Based On Deception0

    “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. ~Sun Tzu, The Art of

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  • Bangladesh: The Myth of Economic Growth0

    by R. Chowdhury 29 July 2019 The government of Bangladesh under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed keeps rattling the growth at 8-9% over the past few years, but the statistics do not tally with the global benchmarks, which find the actual number lower by up to 2 points. The lower figure may still look impressive,

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  • India: Death by Citizenship: A loving son, a brave mother, a distraught father – faces of Assam’s tragedy. Part 10

    The first in a three-part series on people who ended their lives consumed by anxiety over proving they and their families were Indian citizens. Arunabh Saikia Jul 16, 2019 Jul 16, 2019 · 09:00 am Arunabh Saikia Birosmoni Das struggles to complete a sentence without breaking down. But this much she remembers clearly: her son,

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  • India: Ex-Assam guv SK Sinha’s report on illegal immigration in state is riddled with contradictions, dubious data0

    by Angshuman Choudhury Jul 26, 2019 In November 1998, Srinivas Kumar Sinha, the then Governor of Assam and also former Vice Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, penned a rare report titled ‘Report on Illegal Migration in Assam’ and sent it to the then President KR Narayanan. Since then, the 22-page report has acquired

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  • General Ershad: Politics and the master opportunist0

    Kamal Ahmed | Prothom Alo Jul 25, 2019 Several of my friends reminded me, after 14 July, that one shouldn’t speak ill of the dead. But it is not as if they held back their criticism of Mir Jafar or Hilter. In fact, Mir Jafar’s name is considered to be a synonym for betrayal. And

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  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game0

    “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the

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  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Fear of Fall is The Issue3

    “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.

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  • Rohingya refugee crisis is a ticking time bomb0

    Squalid and bulging refugee camps in Bangladesh risk morphing into epicenters of extremism similar to those seen in Palestine in the Middle East By Bertil Lintner    11 July 2019 Myanmar’s Rohingya refugee crisis, characterized by United Nations’ investigators as “ethnic cleansing” with possible “genocidal intent”, could finally be redounding on the country’s powerful and autonomous

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  • Democratic Decline: Real or Imagined?0

    by William Milam July 5, 2019 I have written much in the past few months about what academics have been calling “democratic decline” or what more recently some academics have renamed “autocratization.” No matter what one calls it, clearly there are a number of countries which have moved away from a more liberal democratic political

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  • Rahul Gandhi’s resignation: Three inconvenient issues0

    Ali Riaz 5 July 2019 The public announce-ment of the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as president of the Indian National Congress on Wednesday was surprising and expected, at once. Soon after the results of the Lok Sabha were announced on May 23, 2019, which delivered a serious blow to the Congress as the Bharatiya Janata

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