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  • I visited the Rohingya camps in Myanmar and here is what I saw0

    A camp for displaced Rohingyas in the city of Sittwe in western Myanmar. Cresa Pugh, CC BY Cresa Pugh, Harvard University Myanmar recently claimed to have repatriated its first Rohingya refugee family. But, as an official from the United Nations noted, the country is still not safe for the return of its estimated 700,000 Rohingya

  • Building lives of young brick makers in Pakistan0

    Bonded labor in slave-like conditions continues to plague the country despite a prohibition Christian True Spirit Bhatta (brick kiln) school at National Bricks 2, a brick kiln in Kasur district Punjab Province. (Photo by  Kamran Chaudhry/ucanews.com) Kamran Chaudhry, Kasur Pakistan June 15, 2018 Neha Rehmat and her siblings make more than 3,000 bricks every day before going

  • Karzai Blames U.S., Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos0

    Photo: Snapshot of Hamid Karzai’s Interview with NTV Russia. Courtesy: Office of Hamid Karzai. By Kalinga Seneviratne    16/6/2018 BONN (IDN) – Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States and Pakistan for the chaos created in his country over the past two decades. He firmly believes that the West, including Germany, should

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  • Challenging the Saudi Crown Prince: Alwaleed bin Talal toughs it out0

    By James M. Dorsey Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears to be putting up a fight that could challenge Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s assertion that his two month-old purge of scores of members of the ruling family,

  • The Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh – Is Peace in Yemen Possible?   1

    By James M. Dorsey Based on remarks at a 19 December 2017 NUS Middle East Institute seminar The Middle East being the Middle East, everything is interrelated. What happens in the region impacts Yemen and what happens in Yemen impacts the region. The crisis in Yemen, like many conflicts in the Middle East, did not

  • Changing Political Horizons in Sri Lanka?0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera “Yet you don’t have any democratic machinery—voting, and so on?” “ Oh, no. Our people would be completely shocked by having to declare that one policy was completely right and another completely wrong.” James Hilton, Lost Horizon The circumstances were right in 1933 for James Hilton to craft the image of

  • Dark Clouds of Islamism Over Pakistan0

    Dr. Nasir Khan, December 19, 2017 Islam, in Pakistan, has transformed from a multidimensional universal religion into an ossified and stilted cult of Islamism. How this happened has a historical context, beginning in 1947 when Pakistan emerged as a new state. The division of India at the end of the British Raj was only possible

  • What’s the UN doing to Stopping Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar?0

    By Habib Siddiqui One of the sinister methods employed to justify genocide has been to deny the history of the targeted victims. And that is what the criminal Buddhists within the apartheid state of Myanmar has been doing for nearly 70 years since earning independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Instead of carrying out

  • Trading Jerusalem for Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United States and the two Gulf states see a US peace plan-in-the-making as a way of paving the way

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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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