• Told Saudi king he wouldn’t last without US support: Donald Trump0

    By Reuters Published: October 3, 2018 US President Donald Trump with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman I. PHOTO: REUTERS SOUTH HAVEN: President Donald Trump made an undiplomatic remark about close ally Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, saying he warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman he would not last in power “for two weeks” without the backing of the US military. “We protect Saudi Arabia.

  • India must continue to play its cards judiciously in the Maldives0

    The election result came at an opportune moment for India, which was feeling unrelenting pressure from increasing Chinese presence in its neighbourhood. Maldives has recently, next only to Pakistan, used its rapidly expanding ties with China to snub India, writes Amb Ashok Sajjanhar (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor By Ashok Sajjanhar  OCT 2, 2018    

  • Bangladesh: Sudden rise in incidents of enforced disappearance: Odhikar0

    Oct 02, 2018        Fear that opposition leaders and activists may face repression, legal suits and be subjected to enforced disappearance has come true, says human rights group Odhikar. Incidents of enforced disappearance rose remarkably, and according to Odhikar, more than a half of such incidents recorded this year took place only in September. There were 30 cases

  • Bangladesh’s digital security act: old wine in new bottle?1

      Reporters’ groups demand changes to law that retains ‘worst parts’ of former act and poses threat to freedom of speech Bangladeshi journalists form a human chain in Dhaka as they protest against attacks and abuses of reporters on Aug. 7. Rights groups and media personnel say some provisions of the recently passed Digital Security Act 2018 pose a

  • Nepal law mocks press freedom, threatens democracy0

      New act restricting freedom of religion also criminalizes freedom of expression and other charter-enshrined rights Sudheer Sharma, editor of Nepal’s largest newspaper Kantipur Daily, looks on near the Supreme Court after being summoned to appear by the chief justice in Kathmandu in this March 2 photo. Nepal’s largest newspaper was taken to court for publishing articles critical

  • US-Gulf Pressure On Iranian Regime Proving Effective 0

    October 1, 2018 By Arab News Dr. Majid Rafizadeh* In spite of what the cynics claim, the Iran policy of the US and Gulf Arab states is well-informed and is gradually bringing about effective results. Those who oppose the US and Gulf states’ policy toward Tehran continue to advocate for pursuing appeasement policies with the


  • Northeast India: Urging media accountability0

    By Nava Thakuria  7/2/2018 As the alternate media expands its reaches to hundred thousand Indians across the country, thanks to the increasingly cheaper internet connectivity, its restraint, and liability also start surfacing in Public discourses. The limitation and gradually losing credibility of the mainstream media may pave the way for a boosting alternate media, but

  • The threat to national security: Emergency clamped in the Maldives!0

    – Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal   5/2/2018 The president of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen’s has declared a state of emergency, citing a threat to citizens’ safety and national security, following widespread international condemnation and concerns about its impact on the country’s crucial tourism industry, the government said. The Maldives has declared the State of Emergency for

  • Asia’s dark underbelly: Conflicts threaten long-term stability and development0

      By James M. Dorsey A host of conflicts, stretching across the Asian landmass from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and northwest China, are likely to spark violence, complicate economic development, and dash hopes for sustainable stability. The conflicts and tensions range from ethnic strife in Kurdish areas of Syria and Iran, mortally wounded

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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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