• Protest over enforced disappearances in Pakistan0

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    • September 6, 2018

      Human rights group wants abductions by security agencies to be criminalized Protesters demand the recovery of missing persons at a rally at the Liberty roundabout in Lahore on Aug. 30. (Photo by Kamran Chaudhry/ Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore  Pakistan  September 3, 2018 University students joined an independent watchdog to protest against increasing enforced disappearances by Pakistan

  • Bangladesh Court Refuses to Hear Journalist’s Bail Request0

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    • September 6, 2018

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury  Dhaka 2018-09-04 Visitors to Drik, a Dhaka-based multimedia organization, art gallery and photo archive founded by award-winning photojournalist Shahidul Alam, react to one of his photographs, Sept. 4, 2018. Courtesy Drik A Bangladeshi High Court panel declined on Tuesday to hold a bail hearing for jailed photojournalist Shahidul Alam without explaining why,

  • The Rohingya are stuck0

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    • September 6, 2018

    by Nicholas Farrelly     5 September 2018 This is the second of a series of three articles on the Rohingya crisis, featuring Morten Pederson on the domestic drivers of conflict, and Andrew Selth on the potential danger from transnational terrorist networks. Most of the Rohingya who were forced from their homes in Myanmar last year now find themselves stuck, perhaps

  • The threat within: Pakistan’s ties to China0

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    • September 6, 2018

    The aftermath of a 11 August suicide attack on a bus carrying Chinese engineers in Dalbandin region, Balochistan province in Pakistan (Photo: youtube) BY Adnan Aamir @iAdnanAamir 5 September 2018 Last month, a suicide bomber in Pakistan’s Balochistan province attacked a passenger bus transporting 18 Chinese engineers from Saindak town in the southwest to Dalbandin Airport. The engineers

  • China denies establishing military base in Afghanistan0

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    • September 6, 2018

    By Peter Symonds 6 September 2018 An article in the South China Morning Post last week suggesting that China was establishing a military base in north-eastern Afghanistan provoked a flurry of articles in the US and international press inflating the Chinese military role. While the report was quickly denied by Kabul and Beijing, it is clear that

  • India: Police charge pro-Dalit activists under anti-terrorism laws0

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    • September 6, 2018

    By Kranti Kumara 6 September 2018 With the aim of muzzling opposition to India’s Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and its noxious Hindutva (Hindu supremacist) ideology, Maharashtra state police raided and conducted warrantless searches of the homes of seven left-wing activists on August 28 in six different cities across the country. The seven are all


  • China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East0

    by James M. Dorsey   RSIS 17/2/2018 China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more evident in China’s trashing of its vow not to establish foreign military bases,


    N.S. Venkataraman      16/2/2018 The decisive victory of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the local government polls in Sri Lanka on 10th February has caused considerable surprise to the political observers around the world. Rajapaksa’s party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, won in 239 out of the 341 councils pushing his rivals far behind. This

  • Expanding regional rivalries: Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan0

      By James M. Dorsey   16/2/2018 It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East into the Caucasus. The two

  • India’s Argumentative Battle in Kashmir0

    by Zaboor Ahmad      15/2/2018 Ever since 1947, India and Pakistan have laid claim to Kashmir and scholars continue to search and dilate the reasons for this intractable conflict between them. Apart from the argument of accession signed by the last Dogra Hindu king, Hari Singh with India; India has sought to keep the Kashmir

  • Hypocriticism of Indian Media On Kashmir Issue1

    by Mir Suhail 15/2/2018 Nowadays, whenever we hear the word ‘debate’, our brains get accumulated with furious commotion. In Indian TV debates, no one listens to anyone; everyone speaks up simultaneously without listening to each other, without clear information and identification of what the problem is, how can there be any solution that is acceptable


    by N.S.Venkataraman   15/2/2018 The present disturbed condition in the Maldives has made some people including opposition parties in the Maldives say that India’s military intervention is necessary. It is now becoming increasingly clear that Pakistan and its friend China think that war in one form or the other, in cold form or hot form, is desirable

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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

  • 2019 Election and the Debate Around the Issue of India’s Identity: A ‘Hindutva’ India or ‘Sarvadharma Sambhava’ India?

    By: Rajit Das 22 May 2019 The world’s largest democracy is going through with elections to elect the new prime minister of India. After five years of rule under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Narendra Modi, the citizens of India are making their voices heard by practicing their democratic franchise of

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