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  • Reading Between the Lines, from Pulwama to the Balakot Airstrike0

    The past two weeks provide grounds for optimism sans jingoism – on the timing of the air-strikes, the strength of India’s diplomatic game and other developments in the India-Pakistan face-off. Narendra Modi and Imran Khan. Illustration: The Wire Nilanjan Banik and G. Venkat RamanPoliticsSecurity4 5 March 2019 The recent India-Pakistan military exchanges post-Pulwama mark a

  • Will MBS’ Defense of China’s Uighur Crackdown Backfire in Saudi Arabia?0

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, fourth from right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, third from left, at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Feb. 22, 2019 (Pool photo by How Hwee Young via AP). Kyle Haddad-Fonda Monday, March 4, 2019 Before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing

  • Sri Lanka’s Drug Scourge0

    By Amresh Gunasingham 4 March 2019 SYNOPSIS Sri Lanka’s recent move to bring back capital punishment for convicted drug offenders has put a spotlight on growing narcotics related crime in the country. The government’s apparent tough stance is in response to concerns that Sri Lanka is re-emerging as a transit hub for global drug trafficking

  • Bangladesh’s moral police turn the screw0

    Porn, gambling and social media sites blocked as activists protest about clampdown on freedom of speech  Bangladeshi men use their cellphones in Dhaka on Dec. 28, 2018, after authorities severely restricted internet services across the country in an effort to fight propaganda ahead of the Dec. 30 general election. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) Stephan Uttom

  • Deadly Dhaka: Govt ‘ignored warnings’ of industrial fires0

    Critics say Bangladesh moving too slowly to relocate chemical plants from urban areas as 70 perish in latest disaster Relatives of victims who were killed in a fire mourn in Dhaka on February 21. At least 69 people died in a huge blaze that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an

  • The Pulwama Attack’s After Effects: Fake News and Rumours0

    By Mohammed Sinan Siyech 4 March 2019 SYNOPSIS The terrorist attack in Kashmir which resulted in the death of more than 40 members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has generated fresh tensions between India and Pakistan. The Pakistan-based terrorism group Jaish e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility. What does the attack reveal about the nature

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  • Saudi-UK media tie-up: Targeting the non-Arabic-speaking Middle East0

    By James M. Dorsey       23 July 2018 Long satisfied to attempt to dominate pan-Arab media and battle it out with Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera television network, Saudi Arabia has now set its hegemonic sights on influencing the media landscape of the non-Arabic speaking greater Middle East. In the wake of Crown Prince Mohammed

  • FREEDOM OF PRESS AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY1

      F R Chowdhury     21 July 2018 It was Wednesday 18-July-2018, I was still on my morning breakfast listening to the TV news. The headline news was about a court verdict that gave £210,000.00 damages to Sir Cliff Richard for breach of his privacy by BBC. The story relates to a police search of

  • PAKISTAN’S SPACE INITIATIVE1

    by Usman Ali Khan  20 July 2018 Dr. Abdus Salam conceived the idea of the country’s first space research programme and national space agency in 1961 about Fifty years ago. It was on Dr. Salam’s advice that a Space Sciences Research Wing of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was established. This later became as

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  • Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

  • The Kashmiri narrative

    Columbia Journalism Review by Rozina Ali August 28, 2019 In mid-February, a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar killed 44 Indian paramilitary officers in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was the deadliest attack against Indian soldiers in three decades. Dar was from a local village, but the militant group that claimed responsibility

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