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  • US Leaders Can Now Be Prosecuted for Illegal War0

    BY C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout PUBLISHED July 29, 2019 War is gathering around the world, and autocratic leaders are undermining the legal checks on their discretion to launch attacks abroad. With the rule of law under threat, the International Criminal Court recently defined and activated for prosecution a new crime called the “crime of aggression.” The crime of aggression

  • Pompeo Says Trump Wants To ‘Reduce’ Foreign Forces In Afghanistan By November 20200

    By RFE/RL July 29, 2019 WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump wants combat forces of the United States and its allies reduced in Afghanistan before the next U.S. presidential election in November 2020. Pompeo made the remarks on July 29 during a talk on foreign policy hosted by the economic

  • India Faces a Looming Disaster0

    Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is an election-winning machine. But its ideology is sharply at odds with economic or social common sense. BY SUMIT GANGULY, JAI SHANKAR PRASAD | JULY 27, 2019 Last May, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has long espoused a form of muscular Hindu nationalism, returned to power for a second term after winning

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  • Sri Lanka: How To Avoid Hybrid Governments1

    By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan    5 January 2019 Sri Lanka’s experiment with hybrid governments failed miserably. By hybrid government, I mean a government that entails the president from one party and the administration or the cabinet of ministers from another party (or a coalition). Under the Second Republican Constitution, the country had three hybrid governments: (1)

  • Indian Muslims: A rich hunting ground for Middle Eastern rivals2

    By James M. Dorsey 5 January 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently declared that Turkey was “the only country that can lead the Muslim world,” he probably wasn’t only thinking of Middle Eastern and other Islamic states such as

  • Arakan Army clashes with government forces in Rakhine State0

    The ethnic rebel group has grown from only a handful of soldiers to a formidable force of several thousand By Bertil Lintner Chiang Mai, January 3, 2019 Myanmar’s security forces have clashed with ethnic rebels in the country’s western Rakhine State bordering Bangladesh, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported on January 2. The

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

  • The Baghdad Air Strike: Pre-emptive self-defence or Assassination?

    By Devansh Kaushik | January 9, 2020 Introduction In the early hours of January 3, missiles launched by a USAF MQ9 Reaper slammed into a convoy exiting the Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of an Iraqi militia. General Soleimani was the leader of the elite

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