• Bangladesh’s digital security act: old wine in new bottle?1

      Reporters’ groups demand changes to law that retains ‘worst parts’ of former act and poses threat to freedom of speech Bangladeshi journalists form a human chain in Dhaka as they protest against attacks and abuses of reporters on Aug. 7. Rights groups and media personnel say some provisions of the recently passed Digital Security Act 2018 pose a

  • Nepal law mocks press freedom, threatens democracy0

      New act restricting freedom of religion also criminalizes freedom of expression and other charter-enshrined rights Sudheer Sharma, editor of Nepal’s largest newspaper Kantipur Daily, looks on near the Supreme Court after being summoned to appear by the chief justice in Kathmandu in this March 2 photo. Nepal’s largest newspaper was taken to court for publishing articles critical

  • US-Gulf Pressure On Iranian Regime Proving Effective 0

    October 1, 2018 By Arab News Dr. Majid Rafizadeh* In spite of what the cynics claim, the Iran policy of the US and Gulf Arab states is well-informed and is gradually bringing about effective results. Those who oppose the US and Gulf states’ policy toward Tehran continue to advocate for pursuing appeasement policies with the


  • Pompeo set for fight now, talk later approach in South Asia0

      Michael Kugelman       24/3/2018 The White House’s revolving door never stops spinning. Rex Tillerson’s ouster marks the latest, but certainly not the last, case of a top US official being sent packing. Tillerson’s likely replacement is Mike Pompeo, who had been CIA director. With a spymaster — particularly one who strongly believes in

  • Saudi Prince Mohammed’s Religious Moderation Unlikely To Change Asian Realities0

     March 24, 2018 James M. Dorsey   Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be seeking to revert his kingdom to an unspecified form of moderate Islam but erasing the impact of 40 years of global funding of ultra-conservative, intolerant strands of the faith is unlikely to be eradicated by decree. Not only because ultra-conservatism has taken root in


      by N.S. Venkataraman         24/3/2018   China’s growth and dominance It is well accepted all over the world that during the last one decade or so, the world economy has been primarily driven by the industrial and economic growth in China, which is more than any other individual country. China’s share of

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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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