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  • Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War0

    As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them. By Preethi Nallu | June 27, 2018 Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks” where they work and kidnappings. (Preethi Nallu/Samuel

  • UN, Bangladesh Launch Joint Effort to Verify Rohingya Refugee Identities0

    By Jesmin Papri and Abdur Rahman on Jun 27, 2018 04:20 pm The United Nations refugee agency is working with Bangladesh’s government to verify the identities of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine state and issue ID cards, officials said Wednesday. The verification process is expected to last half a year and use biometric

  • Bangladesh, India Launch Coordinated Naval Patrols0

    By Pulack Ghatack on Jun 27, 2018 05:25 pm The chiefs of the Indian and Bangladeshi navies on Wednesday inaugurated a program for joint patrols and exercises in the Bay of Bengal to curb maritime crimes and militancy threats at sea, officials said Wednesday. Indian Adm. Sunil Lanba and Bangladeshi counterpart, Adm. Nizamuddin Ahmed, officially

  • Bangladesh: Satellite tender 3: Family links raise further questions0

      The Bangladesh government has in the last few days launched the country’s first satellite, named Bangabandhu-1. Back in May 2012, I wrote a series of three articles for the Bangladesh daily newspaper, The New Age about how the whole process started with serious irregularities in the tender process that resulted in a small US company receiving a $10

  • Five Myths and Misconceptions About the UN Report on Kashmir0

    The heated objections and protests to a report on human rights in Kashmir simply do not hold up to scrutiny. Parents comfort their son whom they say was injured by pellets shot by security forces in Srinagar following weeks of violence in Kashmir, August 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Files Aman 26/Jun/2018 The recent report on the situation

  • Disturbed Areas Act in Gujarat: A Tool to Discriminate Against Muslims0

    The motive of passing the Act was the prevention of distress sales, including inter-community social distress sales. However, for three decades, it has been used to drive Muslim residents away from areas that have a mixed population. In April this year, there were reportedly complaints from a local outfit called Nagrik Sewa Samiti in Paldi,

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  • Tackling Pakistani madrassas: An uphill struggle0

      By James M. Dorsey    31/1/2018 This is an edited version of remarks by James M. Dorsey at the launch in Islamabad on 30 January 2018 of ‘The Role of Madrassas: Assessing Parental Choice, Financial Pipelines and Recent Developments in Religious Education in Pakistan and Afghanistan,’ an extensive study by three Pakistani think tanks

  • Nepal trusts India much less than China!0

    – Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal      30/1/2018 Like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, Nepal is also, in recent years, tilted towards China, especially for economic, rather than military or even strategic reasons although all of them have made any collative effort on any regional or international issues. Nepal, the landlocked country, which is surrounded

  • 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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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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