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  • Pakistan’s security issues0

    By James M. Dorsey Remarks at ISAS Panel Discussion: Pakistan in challenging times, 25 August 2017 The facetious answer to the question, what security challenges Pakistan faces is where does one start. One place to start is with the structural issues that underlie the multiple dangers Pakistan confronts. What that does, is help Pakistan as

  • Indian Muslims Are Not a Homogenous Community, so Who Is the Triple Talaq Verdict For?0

    By Qudsiya Contractor on 26/08/2017 We must address the diversity within the Muslim community and achieve representation, democratisation and accountability to truly fight for women’s equality. Muslim women protest against triple talaq in Mumbai. Credit: PTI The Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind (JUH), one of India’s oldest and largest groups of Muslim clerics, in an official statement after the

  • The idea that Nepal must maintain an equal relationship with India and China is foolish0

    The Himalayan nation and its southern neighbour have cultural, religious and people-to-people links that Beijing cannot replace. Prakash Singh/AFP Aug 25, 2017  Sunil Pant On August 23, Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba arrived in Delhi for a four-day-long official visit in the shadow of the Doklam standoff between India and China over a territorial

  • In Tibetan Buddhist heartland, Communist Party takeover threatens religious academy’s soul0

    Deputy police chief named to take over as head of a new party committee to run formerly independent religious academy  PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2017 UPDATED : Saturday, 26 August, 2017 Nectar Gan nectar.gan@scmp.com It was founded in 1980 by the late charismatic lama Jigme Phuntsok and has attracted tens of thousands of monks

  • China woos Bhutan with $10 billion in standoff with India0

    Beijing seen driving wedge in New Delhi-Thimphu alliance YUJI KURONUMA, Nikkei staff writer © AP NEW DELHI — Locked in a two-month border standoff with India and tiny Bhutan in the Himalayas, China is offering its little neighbor $10 billion in economic assistance to soften its stance. Sources say that since the offer, Bhutan has toned

  • India must ensure Myanmar’s centrality to ‘Act East’ policy0

    By Amitava Mukherjee There is a strange dichotomy between what India preaches and what she does on bilateral relations with Myanmar. There is a general acceptance in the corridors of power in Delhi that Myanmar is extremely important for the successful implementation of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, but Naypidaw hardly receives the diplomatic attention which

  • Why terror wars won’t ever end?0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal The answer is simple. The world’s only super power USA and Israel – its secret global terror ally and West Asia’s self-claiming super power on the strength of its illegal nukes, promote terrorism as a part of imperialism and now focusing on energy rich Arab world. US led NATO terror war

  • Anti-terrorism row: Pakistan’s response to US accusations!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Too late and too little and not enough- that is what Pakistan has been to the USA for years of their secret capitalist ties based on crimes. While Pakistan seeks more money and military goods, USA wants Pakistan to kill more and more Muslims. Islamic Pakistan has been a post-paid and

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  • What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India

    What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India1

    Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement

  • Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La

    Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La0

    Bhutan is widely romanticized as the last Shangri-La meaning the “hidden paradise”. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this Shangri-la is a country known for its traditions, culture and identity. The importance of its traditions can be felt from the words of Harald Nestroy that the “early history of Bhutan is not

  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

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