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  • The Sangh Sees the NRC as a Device to Target Muslims All Over India0

    For Hindutva ideologues, it is just a short step to go from declaring Muslims suspected of being Bangladeshi as ‘foreigners’ to looking at all Muslims as foreigners. Credit: PTI Ajay Gudavarthy 18/Aug/2018 The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is worrying not just because of what lies in store for the 40 lakh, people in Assam

  • The Iranian paradox made more complex by erratic US behavior0

    By Abbas Milani, opinion contributor — 08/18/18  The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill   © Getty Images The Iranian regime is in turmoil and its sole salvation might well be a controlled confrontation with the United States. Giddy minds, Shakespeare tells us, are best kept busy

  • Bangladesh Official: Myanmar is not Conducive for Rohingya Return0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 17, 2018  The situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state still is not conducive for the return of Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh, according to Bangladesh officials who accompanied their foreign minister on his first visit to the troubled state recently. The official said the conditions in Rakhine’s capital Sittwe and

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  • Moderating Saudi Islam: Government Proposes Tightening Fundraising Rules0

    By James M. Dorsey        30/1/2018 A Saudi draft law could constitute a first indication that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to return the kingdom to a moderate form of Islam will some reshaping of the kingdom’s global funding for Sunni Muslim ultra-conservative educational and cultural facilities as well as militants. The

  • Hate crime: A new norm in India0

    by Muzamil Yaqoob    29/1/2018 In their charge sheet filed in the court of the Rajsamand chief judicial magistrate on Friday, police stated Regar linked Afarajul’s death to love jihad, Article 370, Islamic terrorism so that his illicit relations with the woman would not be discovered. (HT: 15 Jan 2018). The half-burned body of Muslim

  • How regional rivalries threaten to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey       28/1/2018   Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio. The threat is magnified by Iranian assertions that low intensity warfare is heating up in

  • China’s overshadowing profile in the East! 0

    by  Sudhanshu Tripathi      28/1/2018 Undoubtedly China has successfully established several grand examples of unparalleled growth and progress surpassing all countries in South Asia as well as the whole world. Its fast-progressing economy, state of the art achievements in the field of science and technology and achieving a problematic target of child-birth control have

  • Kazakhstan – Chairman of the UN Security Council0

    by Nasrullah Brohi   27/1/2018 The UN Security Council is waiting for an interesting time. At least, such a conclusion can be drawn from the stated working agenda for the next month. In January 2018, the UN Security Council was headed by one of its non-permanent members, the Republic of Kazakhstan. This young, ambitious country has

  • Unrest in Iran will continue until religious rule ends0

    Haidar Khezri, Indiana University The two-week protest movement that rocked cities across Iran earlier this year has largely subsided, but the fallout from the government’s harsh response has just begun. More than 3,700 people were arrested and 23 were killed in sometimes violent nationwide marches that started on Dec. 28, 2017, in response to an

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  • Bangladesh’s rape epidemic: Are these a case of deviant sexual behaviour or ‘System’s failure’?

    By M Adil Khan 16 May 2019 In Bangladesh incidents of loot, plunder, enforced disappearances, breakdown of rule of law, extra-judicial killings, deaths and injuries in road accidents through reckless driving have become parts of daily news.  Lately, news of audacious rapes, abductions of girls and women and sexual harassments in almost all parts of

  • Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka: Crisis, Correction and Hope

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 8 May 2019 “What happened on September 11th is at least, theoretically, small stuff compared to what can happen.” Robert D. Kaplan  I was 16 when I witnessed the horror terrorism first hand. It was the blast I lost my father in. When the long battle ended with the Tamil Tigers in

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