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  • Building lives of young brick makers in Pakistan0

    Bonded labor in slave-like conditions continues to plague the country despite a prohibition Christian True Spirit Bhatta (brick kiln) school at National Bricks 2, a brick kiln in Kasur district Punjab Province. (Photo by  Kamran Chaudhry/ucanews.com) Kamran Chaudhry, Kasur Pakistan June 15, 2018 Neha Rehmat and her siblings make more than 3,000 bricks every day before going

  • Karzai Blames U.S., Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos0

    Photo: Snapshot of Hamid Karzai’s Interview with NTV Russia. Courtesy: Office of Hamid Karzai. By Kalinga Seneviratne    16/6/2018 BONN (IDN) – Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States and Pakistan for the chaos created in his country over the past two decades. He firmly believes that the West, including Germany, should

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  • Serious questions and doubts hang over the new MOU signed between the United Nations and the government of Burma0

    By Mark Farmaner, Director, Burma Campaign UK Serious questions and doubts hang over the new MOU signed between the United Nations and the government of Burma on a supposed framework for creating conditions for safe return for Rohingya refugees. For a start, to date, it’s a secret deal. It’s about the Rohingya but the Rohingya

  • Bangladeshi Bus Drivers Stuck in Gridlock of Transport Woes0

    By Sharif Khiam on Jun 14, 2018 02:55 pm After watching a viral video of a bus crash at a Dhaka intersection, bus driver Mohammad Faruk Hawlader merely shrugged. The video shows a man casually crossing the road in the middle of an intersection where there is no pedestrian lane. A bus speeds by and

  • UN Calls for Probe of Rights Violations in Kashmir0

    By Amin Masoodi on Jun 14, 2018    In its first-ever report on the state of human rights in Kashmir, the United Nations on Thursday slammed India and Pakistan for alleged abuses in areas they rule in the disputed Himalayan region and called for a major investigation into such violations. In the 49-page report, U.N.

  • In Search of the Real Indo-Pacific; Global powers show renewed interest in the Indo-Pacific region0

    Global powers express renewed interest in the Indo-Pacific, and intentions are divided over strategies that could counter China or entice Chinese participation. The Indo-Pacific region dominated discussions at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, even more so than the summit between leaders of North Korea and the United States, explains Donald K. Emmerson, director of the

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  • Gandhi’s Last Message: ‘Raze the Sacred Sites of Others and You Too Will Be Obliterated’0

    By Sudhir Chandra on 27/03/2017 Gandhi speaks to our times with renewed urgency in a just-published translation of an acclaimed work A refugee train, Punjab, 1947. Credit: Wikimedia For a man who made such a powerful intervention in the history of the 20th century, many of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas were misunderstood during his lifetime. Historian

  • What’s Next to Stop Myanmar’s Genocide?0

    By Habib Siddiqui “We cannot be afraid to call the actions of the Burmese authorities what they appear to be – a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority,” Haley told the U.N. Security Council, the first time Washington has echoed the U.N.’s accusation that the displacement of hundreds of thousands

  • Standing for media’s rights in India0

    Image source: Quatrz India By Nava Thakuria India, largest democracy of the globe, remains a bad place for working journalists irrespective of the regimes in power in New Delhi or any province capital. The populous country witnesses the murder of around five media persons on average in a year and that has not been changed

  • Rohingya Cultural Anthropology0

    By Dr. Shwe Lu Maung (The author’s note: The account given here is a very short summary of the facts drawn from my published books. Deeper and broader presentations and discussions can be found in my books). Myanmar, with her rich cultural and natural resources, has every potential to be a world leader that everybody

  • India-Pakistan and Nuclear Deterrence equation in Region0

    by Asma Khalid Introduction of Nuclear weapon has transformed the global politics as well as the military power in an expensive way. The primary purpose of acquiring a nuclear weapon is to prevent wars among nuclear-capable adversaries through maintaining deterrence stability. The concept which has dominated the global politics is that war is not a

  • Boosting India-Japan Strategic Ties and its Implications0

    by Maimuna Ashraf Over the past few years, India made significant efforts to access larger nuclear sources and signed several strategic deals with states from the elite nuclear club and other developing states. In this ambit, recently the significant India-Japan civil nuclear agreement in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy came into force on July

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