• How autocrats rig elections to stay in power – and get away with it0

    24.4.2018 Nic Cheeseman, University of Birmingham and Brian Klaas, London School of Economics and Political Science If a government wants to be considered a respectable democracy on the world stage, it must pass a litmus test: holding multi-party elections. But while more elections are being held around the world than ever before, the average quality

  • Bangladesh govt took little steps to prosecute abuses, killings by security forces in 2017: US0

     April 21, 2018 Those responsible for attacks on Rohingyas must be held accountable, US acting secretary of State Sullivan says UNB, Dhaka The government of Bangladesh took limited measures to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces in 2017, said a US report on Human Rights Practices released on Friday. US acting secretary

  • China Pulls Pakistan Further into its Economic Orbit0

    April 22, 2018 | Bennett Seftel Bottom Line: China’s “One Belt, One Road” economic strategy, aimed at developing regional trades routes connecting East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Europe, has expanded into Pakistan where Chinese companies have launched numerous projects to build up Pakistan’s infrastructure and energy sector as part of the China-Pakistan Economic

  • Bangladesh – dawn of Islamism | DW Documentary0

      DW Documenta   Published on Apr 17, 2018   In Bangladesh headlines are dominated by violence: Secular bloggers murdered by islamic extremists, government opponents disappear, the Hindu minority is under attack. The country that wants to reconcile democracy and Islam appears to be finding it harder and harder to strike a balance between the

  • Is Bangladesh moving towards one-party state?0

    The controversial jailing of ex-PM Zia and persecution of dissent raises fears months ahead of general elections. by Faisal Mahmud     Al Jazeera News     Hasina government faces allegations of a concerted persecution of its opponents [The Associated Press] more on Asia Pakistan’s ‘disappeared’: The cost of the war against Talibanyesterday After girl’s rape and killing, fear engulfs

  • Bangladesh polls pose a challenge to regional stability0

    MANOJ JOSHI Election materials burning following attack on a polling station during Bangladesh’s elections in 2014 BANGLADESH BANGLADESH ELECTIONS INDIA-BANGLADESH Elections are expected in Bangladesh soon, as by law they must take place between October 31 and December 31 this year. This is not an easy prospect either for Bangladesh or for its principal neighbor, India. The


  • Kabul attack underscores security issues ahead of Afghan elections0

    The site of this weekend’s suicide bombing in Kabul. Photo: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images by Michael Kugelman       24/4/2018 The terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the April 22 attack on a voter registration site in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed more than 60 people. The tragedy followed four other election-related attacks, including the abduction

  • Modi’s honeymoon period is over0

    by MICHAEL KUGELMAN April 22, 2018 For nearly four years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done something extraordinary: Despite confronting many problems and crises at home, he has managed to remain consistently popular. Recent developments, however, suggest that he is starting to lose his magic — and fast. Consider Modi’s many struggles. He has

  • Maldives: Ahead of presidential polls, West going slow on Yameen?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      24 April 2018 Through separate but related developments, involving the UNHRC and the EU, the international community (read: West) seems to have resigned to the possibility/inevitability of talking Maldivian democracy with incumbent Abdulla Yameen even after the presidential polls, scheduled for September-October. If it came to that, India as the immediate but recently-estranged

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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