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  • Elections a sham in Rakhine State0

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    • November 7, 2018

    By Melissa Crouch 1 November 2018 People go to the polls on Saturday in Myanmar, or at least some of them do. On 3 November 2018, the Union Election Commission will coordinate by-elections across 13 electorates. Most are to fill seats from vacancies due to deaths of senior members of parliament. There are two reasons these elections

  • China: re-engineering the Uighur0

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    • November 7, 2018

    Thursday 08 Nov 2018 |  SYDNEY An ethnic Uighur man has his beard trimmed: religious observances such as having an “irregular beard” have become seen as “expressions of extremification” Business Insider By Louisa Lim  7 November 2018 These chilling words are stated in an internal document, reported by news agency AFP, and encapsulate Beijing’s policy towards its ethnic Uighur

  • Myanmar Gears up for First Round of Rohingya Repatriations Amid Safety Doubts0

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    • November 7, 2018

    By Special to BenarNews on Nov 06, 2018 Myanmar is gearing up to take back more than 2,260 Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who fled to Bangladesh during a military crackdown in Rakhine state as its first group of returnees in mid-November under a bilateral repatriation deal made almost a year ago, a foreign ministry

  • Pompeo Allows Sanctions Exception for Iran Port Development0

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    • November 7, 2018

    Nov. 6, 2018 Pompeo Allows Sanctions Exception for Iran Port Development FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies that North Korea has not responded in recent days to queries by the United States to prepare logistics for an upcoming summit during his appearance at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill

  • At Least 13 Afghan Security Personnel Killed By Taliban Attack On Ghazni Checkpoint0

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    • November 5, 2018

    November 05, 2018 RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan The attack occurred at a checkpoint in the Khogyani district near the provincial capital of Ghazni Province. (file photo) Afghan officials say at least 13 members of Afghanistan’s security forces have been killed in a battle in Ghazni Province about 150 kilometers southwest of Kabul. Mohammad Arif Noori,

  • India Warily Eyes Political Upheaval in Neighboring Sri Lanka0

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    • November 5, 2018

    By Jaishree Balasubramanian on Nov 02, 2018    Some Indian officials are expressing concern that New Delhi’s strategic projects in Sri Lanka are at risk as a constitutional crisis unfolds in the island-state, giving rival power China an opening to further expand its influence at India’s southern doorstep. Political turmoil erupted in Sri Lanka last

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  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game

    “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the

  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Fear of Fall is The Issue

    “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.

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