• Even for Rohingya refugees who move on from Bangladesh, life is grim0

    • Blog
    • January 29, 2018

    Malaysia and Pakistan do not provide much of a welcome Jan 25th 2018| KARACHI AND KUALA LUMPUR  INSIDE a cramped flat beside a motorway in Puchong, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, 13 Rohingyas jostle for space. Rows of washing, rather than pictures, hang along grimy white walls. Rubbish is stacked on two mouldy refrigerators. The

  • Three steps Myanmar should take to turn the Rohingya disaster around0

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    • January 29, 2018

      DemocracyPost,  Opinion By Bill Richardson January 26, 2018 Bill Richardson is a former governor of New Mexico and a former United States ambassador to the United Nations. He is the founder of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement. In this Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, relocated Rohingya refugees arrive at the Balukhali refugee camp outside

  • India: Beware Rise Of Pseudo-Nation0

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    • January 28, 2018

    By Father Myron Pereira SJ*  January 28, 2018   In August 2017, India celebrated its 70th anniversary of becoming an independent nation. In the constitution, which it gave to itself in November 1949, the group of 363 men who formed the Constituent Assembly, mostly Hindus, pledged to make the nation “a sovereign, secular, socialist, democratic

  • Karni Sena Has Powerful Patrons, and We Are Defenceless0

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    • January 28, 2018

    By Suvojit Chattopadhyay on 27/01/2018s The reason why the likes of Karni Sena are running amok is the assurance that their actions have the blessings of senior leaders of the establishment. Karni Sena activists burn posters during a demonstration against the release of the film Padmaavat. Credit: PTI Someone recently lamented (in effect) that the

  • Islamic State Gains Ground in Afghanistan as Its Caliphate Crumbles Elsewhere0

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    • January 28, 2018

    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 2     Jamestown Foundation By: Animesh Roul    January 26, 2018  Wilayat-e-Khorasan, the Islamic State (IS) affiliate in the borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of the terrorist group’s strongest franchises. Bolstered by defections from the Taliban and boosted further in recent months by an influx of foreign fighters fleeing

  • Remember Roop Kanwar? ‘Padmaavat’ Isn’t the First Instance of Misdirected Rajput Pride0

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    • January 27, 2018

    By Ammu Joseph on 25/01/2018 In 1987, protests against the reportedly forced ‘sati’ of 18-year-old Roop Kanwar drew a similar backlash. Members of the Rajput community protest against the release of film ‘Padmaavat’ in Meerut o Wednesday. Credit: PTI If the rule of law prevails over censorship by mob, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest film, renamed


  • Pascal’s wager in real time

    Pascal’s wager in real time0

    The gamble in the Middle East and the gamble in Bangladesh Readers will understand that I am exercising heroic self-restraint by limiting my remarks on the recently-completed Nuclear Framework Agreement to two paragraphs. It is, to quote London’s Financial Times (FT) a “singular” achievement, and in my view another possible inflection point in the modern

  • What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India

    What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India1

    Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement

  • Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La

    Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La0

    Bhutan is widely romanticized as the last Shangri-La meaning the “hidden paradise”. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this Shangri-la is a country known for its traditions, culture and identity. The importance of its traditions can be felt from the words of Harald Nestroy that the “early history of Bhutan is not

  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

  • Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

    Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled0

    Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Several recent developments affirm the Pakistani military’s belief that cosmetic changes or words alone will suffice to convince others, especially the U.S., that Pakistan is serious

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