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  • Malaysian voters expel Najib government0

    Fed-up voters reject scaremongering and race-baiting, for Najib it’s a humiliating rout Outgoing Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak of the Barisan National party addresses the media after his party lost Malaysia’s 14th general election in Kuala Lumpur on May 10. (Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP) ucanews.com reporter, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia May 10, 2018 Against all odds,

  • Myanmar on edge after spike in child rapes0

    Good Shepherd Sisters hope to plug holes in govt policy by spreading awareness of legal rights, sex education Activist groups in Myanmar say more needs to be done to protect children from sexual abuse after the number of child rape cases jumped last year. (Photo from Unsplash) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar May 9, 2018 When the

  • No, the war in Afghanistan isn’t a hopeless stalemate0

    Afghan Northern Alliance fighters in 2001. Almost two decades later, the war continues. AP Photo/David Guttenfelder Robert M. Cassidy, Wesleyan University The war in Afghanistan has become so protracted that it warrants the epithet the “Groundhog Day War.” Fighting has gone on for nearly 17 years, with U.S. troops in Afghanistan seven years longer than

  • Why Jonathan Swift wanted to ‘vex the world’ with Gulliver’s Travels0

    An ad for cotton thread drawing on the scene in Gulliver’s Travels in which Gulliver is tied down by Liliputians. Wikimedia Ian Higgins, Australian National University In our series, Guide to the classics, experts explain key works of literature. Pick up Gulliver’s Travels expecting a children’s book or a novel and you will be unpleasantly

  • Ahmadi anger as Pakistan MPs drop scientist’s name0

    University’s physics department to be renamed as activists claim move reveals discrimination against minority Nuclear physicist Abdus Salam, pictured here in 1987, was Pakistan’s first Nobel laureate. (Photo from Wikimedia) ucanews.com reporter, Karachi Pakistan May 4, 2018 Pakistani MPs have drawn flak for passing a resolution to drop the name of the country’s first Nobel

  • Finding the Hidden Potential Within Bangladesh’s Garment Factories0

    May 9, 2018 By Mowmita Basak I first met Afroza Khatun in my cramped, makeshift interview room after her 10-hour shift at a garment factory outside of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, had ended and she was nervously preparing to take a university entrance exam. Like all the women I met at the factories, I start by

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  • UN member states should act to pressure Myanmar to end crimes against humanity0

    September 28, 2017We, a global coalition of 87 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein have described the Myanmar security

  • The US and Doklam: Look beyond rhetoric0

    Tanvi Madan Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Some have been wondering recently whether Washington’s commitment to its allies and partners in Asia has been steadfast and overt enough. And there have been calls for the Trump administration to reassure U.S. allies and partners in the region of its commitment through public statements. However, in one recent

  • Is South Asia the New Middle East?0

    Sep 27, 2017 Dominique Moisi The plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar highlights a broader trend toward political fragmentation and violence in the region. If a geostrategic catastrophe is to be avoided, the unholy alliance of religion and nationalism must be broken. PARIS – The Middle East is often viewed as a region

  • Mr. Xi Jinping, Take AGood Look At This Photo0

    by M Adil Khan — September 27, 2017 I urge you, Mr. Xi Jinping, President of Peoples’ Republic of China to take a good look at this photo. Do you see what I see? I see the agony. I see sadness. I also see numerous questions in the eyes of these Rohingya kids that are

  • Mishandling the Rohingya Crisis May Open New Frontier for Terrorism0

    Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar where they lack citizenship rights, and they head for Bangladesh. Myanmar, a country of 55 million, is more than 85 percent Buddhist; Bangladesh, with more than 160 million people and predominantly Muslim, reports a lower GDP per capita than Myanmar. The Myanmar military

  • Rohingya Refugee Crisis In Bangladesh: Multi-Dimensional Implications0

    by Major General ANM Muniruzzaman Synopsis There has been ethnic tension in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in recent years. The crisis has triggered a mass exodus into neighbouring Bangladesh generating security threats to the South Asian country. Commentary ETHNIC TENSION has prevailed between the Rohingya minority and the dominant Rakhine Buddhist population for centuries. The Rohingya population

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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