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  • Hard life for transgender people in Bangladesh0

    Known as hijra, many flee home to save their families from shame and live in desperate poverty or slip into sex trade Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh May 16, 2019 Over 40 years ago a self-described “unsuitable girly boy” fled her home in Dhaka to realize her “true” sexual identity and free

  • John Bolton: ‘The Devil Incarnate’ Of US Foreign Policy?0

    By Mark J. Valencia 16 May 2019 Upon meeting US National Security Advisor John Bolton for the first time, then Secretary of Defense James Mattis told him that that he had heard that he is “the devil incarnate”. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/29/mattis-joke-bolton-devil-incarnate-491771 While this may have been a joke at the time, Bolton, if not the devil –

  • India’s Iranian oil problem gets a US twist0

    The Iranian foreign minister visited New Delhi even as India is all set to elect a new government By Vivek Katju 16 May 2019 It is extraordinary for a foreign leader to visit a country in the midst of a severely contested parliamentary election. Yet, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was in Delhi on May

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  • IS THE PROPOSAL TO SEND INDIAN IN SPACE IN 2022 WORTHWHILE?0

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement during his Independence Day speech about his proposal to send Indian (man or woman) in space in 2022 has caught everyone by surprise. Even the space scientists in India reacted with caution and said that it would be a tough exercise and target, though the scientists announced that they would

  • Sri Lanka: Why even shaky chairs command a high price0

      N Sathiya Moorthy     17 August 2018 Sad but true. At a time when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is asking the nation to increase exports for the nation to stay on in the business of increasing forex reserves, you now have the GNU-led Western Provincial Council, cutting across party-lines, voting for the ‘import’ of

  • Pakistan at a crossroads as Imran Khan is sworn in0

    By James M. Dorsey     18 August 2018 Criticism of Pakistan’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance regime by the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) is likely to complicate incoming Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan’s efforts to tackle his country’s financial crisis. Addressing the criticism of the 41-nation APG, which reports to the Financial

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  • Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India

    By Dexter Filkins A Reporter at Large December 9, 2019 Issue   The New Yorker  The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots. On August 11th, two weeks after Prime

  • Arundhati Roy: It’s Hard to Communicate the Scale and the Shape of This Shadow Taking India Over

    November 28, 2019 www.democracynow.org Guests Arundhati Royaward-winning writer. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel, The God of Small Things. Her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017. Human rights groups are condemning the Indian government for carrying out widespread torture, extrajudicial

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