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  • Will MBS’ Defense of China’s Uighur Crackdown Backfire in Saudi Arabia?0

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, fourth from right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, third from left, at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Feb. 22, 2019 (Pool photo by How Hwee Young via AP). Kyle Haddad-Fonda Monday, March 4, 2019 Before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing

  • Sri Lanka’s Drug Scourge0

    By Amresh Gunasingham 4 March 2019 SYNOPSIS Sri Lanka’s recent move to bring back capital punishment for convicted drug offenders has put a spotlight on growing narcotics related crime in the country. The government’s apparent tough stance is in response to concerns that Sri Lanka is re-emerging as a transit hub for global drug trafficking

  • Bangladesh’s moral police turn the screw0

    Porn, gambling and social media sites blocked as activists protest about clampdown on freedom of speech  Bangladeshi men use their cellphones in Dhaka on Dec. 28, 2018, after authorities severely restricted internet services across the country in an effort to fight propaganda ahead of the Dec. 30 general election. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) Stephan Uttom

  • Deadly Dhaka: Govt ‘ignored warnings’ of industrial fires0

    Critics say Bangladesh moving too slowly to relocate chemical plants from urban areas as 70 perish in latest disaster Relatives of victims who were killed in a fire mourn in Dhaka on February 21. At least 69 people died in a huge blaze that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an

  • The Pulwama Attack’s After Effects: Fake News and Rumours0

    By Mohammed Sinan Siyech 4 March 2019 SYNOPSIS The terrorist attack in Kashmir which resulted in the death of more than 40 members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has generated fresh tensions between India and Pakistan. The Pakistan-based terrorism group Jaish e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility. What does the attack reveal about the nature

  • India’s Rocker Aristocrat Takes on Modi0

    By Sonia Sarkar • MAR 04 2019 Why you should care 3,673,917 Population Bengali, HindiSpoken Languages $4457 GDP Per Capita Agartala Capital City Dressed in a white kurta and pajama with a red-and-black scarf, Pradyot Bikram Manikya Debbarma looks energetic. Rolling up his sleeves, in high-pitched Hindi, he tells the crowd: “Today, the king will

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  • Indian-American Hindutva believers are ecstatic about India’s court decision on Babri Masjid

    By Bhargavi Kulkarni and Suman Guha Mozumder Nov 12, 2019 The Nov. 9 verdict of the Supreme Court that granted Hindus permission to build a Ram temple at the centuries-old Ayodhya holy site, ending one of the country’s most politically-charged land disputes, has evoked a mixed reaction from Indian-Americans. The Hindu-American community and those supporting

  • India’s Narendra Modi has had a free pass from the west for too long

    Threats to minority rights and democratic norms are ignored to preserve a comforting illusion Gideon Rachman November 11 2019 The Financial Times The world’s democracies are desperate to believe in India. From Washington to Tokyo, and from Canberra to London, the country is viewed as an indispensable counterbalance to China. The two Asian giants are

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