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  • India: Caught In US-Iran Tangle 0

    July 24, 2018 Observer Research Foundation Trump Tantrum: US sanctions on Iran threaten to hit India’s strategic interests in West Asia By Kabir Taneja On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled out of the much-celebrated Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying it allowed too much leeway

  • Restraining Persia 0

    By TransConflict    July 23, 2018 There can be no new Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran is too much of an enigma. We do now know exactly what we are dealing with, to get involved. Instead Iran must be kept at bay. Sanctions must be maintained, to starve the government of funds to deploy

  • India’s top court steps in to check mob violence0

    Dramatic rise in the number of lynchings sparks call for authorities to create new law and mete out stiff punishments This photo taken on July 1 shows Indian women whose relatives were murdered in a lynching incident being led away from the crime scene area by villagers in Dhule district, some 330 kilometers from Mumbai.

  • South Asia Strategy Working In Afghanistan, Centcom Commander Says0

    Centcom; President Donald Trump and Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command   July 20, 2018 DoD News   By Terri Moon Cronk While the fighting continues and work remains to be done in Afghanistan, progress there shows the president’s South Asia Strategy is working, the commander of U.S. Central Command told Pentagon reporters Thursday.

  • Bangladesh Police File First Charges in 2016 Café Attack0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka’ 2018-07-23 Men pray for victims on the second anniversary of a terrorist attack that targeted the Holey Artisan Bakery, at the location in Dhaka where the overnight siege and massacre took place, July 1, 2018. BenarNews More than two years after machete-wielding militants massacred hostages at an upscale café in Dhaka, police filed

  • Baluchistan—Another Kurdistan?0

    JOHN GEE     23 July 2018 2018 AUGUST-SEPTEMBER Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, August/September 2018, pp. 27, 53 Islam and the Near East in the Far East By John Gee  THE STATUS OF KURDS in Syria, Iraq and Turkey has often impinged on Western consciousness in recent decades. Kurds sought self-determination and an end to discriminatory practices

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  • Conflict and Women: A Study of Kashmir Valley0

    Abstract: Through the twentieth century there has been a significant growth in the frequency of armed conflicts across the globe. These conflicts have not only led to widespread death but extensive displacement, fear, and economic devastation. Kashmir which is known as “Paradise on earth” has now become the “synonymous with death, destruction, and genocide.” The

  • Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem: Letting a genie out of the bottle0

    By James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump has let a genie out of the bottle with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and intent to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In taking his decision, Mr. Trump was implementing long standing US policy dating back to the administrations of

  • Egyptian President Al-Sisi steps up repression to cover policy failure0

    By James M. Dorsey Egyptian general-turned-president Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi would likely be the first to admit that an iron fist is no guarantee for retaining power. Not because of the fate of the country’s longest ruling autocrat, Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in 2011 by a popular revolt. But because Mr. Al-Sisi’s iron fist has

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