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  • Getting the Saudi fight against corruption right0

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    • November 8, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Kuwaiti billionaire Maan al-Sanea should have seen it coming after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to root out corruption. Embroiled in one of the kingdom’s largest financial scandals and collapses that involved a bitter $22 billion battle with a prominent Saudi merchant family, cost some of the world’s biggest

  • Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?0

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    • November 8, 2017

    Peter Lehr, University of St Andrews Even ten years on, the first mental image that comes to mind with regard to Theravāda Buddhism is that of Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution of August-September 2007: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets of Yangon, Mandalay, Pakokku, Sittwe and other towns against the ruling military junta. These

  • Saudi Crown Prince’s unprecedented power grab could come to haunt him0

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    • November 7, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has won the first round of what could prove to be an unprecedented power grab that comes to haunt him. The prince’s frontal assault on significant segments of the kingdom’s elite; assertions of unrest in the military and the national guard, and a flood of

  • Narendra Modi Government Has Wiped out Any Space for Dialogue With Kashmir0

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    • November 7, 2017

    By Prem Shankar Jha on 06/11/2017 The first step towards reviving political dialogue and ending the rule of the gun in Kashmir is for New Delhi to announce that it is committed to restoring full autonomy within the constitution to the entire state. Home minister Rajnath Singh with Centre’s representative in Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma.

  • The Middle East: It will only get worse0

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    • November 6, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey As Saudi Arabia reels from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s frontal assault on the kingdom’s elite, indications are that the Saudi-Iranian proxy war is heating up. The arrests occurred as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in what many saw as a Saudi-engineered move aimed at stymying Lebanon’s powerful, pro-Iranian Hezbollah

  • How Modi’s DMK spin queers the pitch in TN0

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    • November 6, 2017

      N Sathiya Moorthy, November 06, 2017 Monday’s surprise meeting is an admission by the Bharatiya Janata Party that their purported strategy of hoping to ride the popular ‘Modi wave’ in a Tamil Nadu without Jaya and a bed-ridden Karunanidhi does not have much chance of success, observes N Sathiya Moorthy. By calling on five-term chief minister

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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