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  • Explainer: How Mahinda Rajapaksa Pulled off a Constitutional Coup in Sri Lanka0

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    • October 27, 2018

    The whole set of circumstances surrounding Rajapaksa’s swearing-in suggest not the way a change of government ought to occur in a democracy, but the sharp practices associated with a constitutional coup, which is likely to lead to a constitutional crisis. New Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks to his supporters at his residence in Medamulana July 1, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files.

  • Saudi Spy Met With Team Trump About Taking Down Iran0

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    • October 27, 2018

    CROSSOVER EVENT Mueller’s investigators examined a series of meetings between an Israeli social media strategist, the general blamed for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and Trump adviser Michael Flynn. Betsy Woodruff,   Erin Banco 10.25.18  exclusive Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the Saudi intelligence chief taking the fall for the murder of journalist Jamal

  • Bangladesh: No Hearing on Photographer Alam’s Bail Request0

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    • October 27, 2018

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka 2018-10-25 Photojournalist Shahidul Alam gestures as he is removed from a vehicle by policemen for a court appearance in Dhaka, Aug. 6, 2018. AFP Bangladesh’s High Court has yet to hold a hearing on photographer Shahidul Alam’s fifth bail request, after weeks of repeated postponements and denials. Alam, one of South

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  • State’s Hegemony and Ethnic Conflict: The Case of Tamils in Sri Lanka0

    By Ashawti CK and Rajeesh CS     1/5/2018 Introduction Communal strife and civil war in Sri Lanka lasted more than sixty-four years. This paper analyzes the state’s direct support to the ethnic and religious antagonism that fuelled it, the political miscalculations that precipitated it and the mistrust which permeated both battling sides. In the first section,

  • “New dimension of Japan’s public diplomacy.”0

    By Maham Akhtar      1/5/2018 Public diplomacy is the way in which government and private sector directly or indirectly influence public positions and opinions in such a way that these opinions influence the international political decision-making process of another government. Diplomatic activity is meant for progression of national interests with practices of persuasion. The

  • Democracy, autocracy and military rule0

    M A Hossain      1/5/2018 None of the real democracies in the world are at all concerned about military intervention, because the members of their Armed Forces are genuine patriots. They never show any ambition in intervening in politics unless the politicians are caught to be enemies of the nations. The tendency of democratic

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  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • Unforgettable Zia, As I Knew Him

    By R Chowdhury 23 May 2019 Following my escape from Pakistan Army in 1971, I was posted to Z Force of Colonel Ziaur Rahman in the eastern theater of the Bangladesh liberation war. The nearly 20-day journey took me from Lahore to Khem Karan to Rajoke to Ferozepur to Delhi to Kolkata to Agartala and

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