• Bangladesh’s flawed war on drugs not tackling root causes0

    Police escort suspected drug dealers to jail after they were arrested in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on June 20, 2018. About 300 people have been killed and 25,000 arrested during a drug crackdown that began last May. ( photo) Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh March 12, 2019 In early June of last year, 33-year-old Muhammad Tarek (not

  • Bangladeshi women walk out on unhappy marriages0

    A huge cultural change means that more educated women are prepared to be self-reliant Students take a class at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong in this 2017 file photo. More Bangladeshi women are turning to education as a way of getting decent jobs and being less reliant on men to support them. (Photo by AFP)

  • The Meddling Kingdom’s threat to democracy0

    Spying on voters is an important tool of Beijing’s foreign policy as elections loom across the region The roots of Chinese spying on Cambodia were traced to the Malaysian elections last May when victory for the scandal-ravaged Najib Razaq (left) was widely expected. The Chinese politburo must now contend with a government led by Mahathir Mohamad (right)


  • Sri Lanka: Holding the flock together or what0

      N Sathiya Moorthy,  28 May 2018 Reports that ruling UNP ‘Leader’ and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held at least one round of talks with the existing allies of the loosely-knit United National Front (UNF) part of the present government combine makes for interesting reading. If the talks were to lead to the UNP-UNF obtaining

  • Why does India want CBMs surrounding Pakistan’s naval developments?0

    by Uzge S. Saleem       27/5/2018 In 2017, India tested its Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) from a nuclear-powered submarine. India did not realize that the move had somehow destabilized the region, it did not feel guilty of taking the war into the Indian Ocean, and it did not hear anything over the triumph

  • Pakistan – Youm-e-Takbeer: History and Significance0

    Asma Khalid      27/5/2018 28th May this year marks the 20th anniversary of the historical moment when Pakistan successfully detonated nuclear devices in the Chagai district, Balochistan; and joined the prestigious club of nuclear weapon states. Pakistan was compelled to test the atomic weapon in response to a series of nuclear tests by India

  • Modi vs rest of India0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  27 May 2018   Whoever has lamented the BJP losing the chance to rule Karnataka despite being the ‘single-largest party’ do not know the nation’s political past over the decades – or, they do not want to remember. Among them, whoever believes that the party leadership should not have rushed through ministry-formation

  • Middle Eastern culture wars: The battle of the palates0

      By James M. Dorsey      27/5/2018   Nothing in a swath of land stretching from the Atlantic coast of Africa to China is undisputed.   Food is often emblematic of disputes over identity, history and political claims that underlie an arc of crisis-wracked by ethnic and religious conflict; clamour for political, economic, social,

  • Assam burns over Centre’s citizenship mess.0

    By Nava Thakuria          25/5/2018 Assam, if not the Barak valley, is burning. At least, if someone follows the media reporting and related contents, it’s convincing that the Brahmaputra valley of the Northeastern State has been witnessing an uproarious situation for a few weeks now. The other States, precisely Meghalaya, maintains their

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  • Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India

    By Dexter Filkins A Reporter at Large December 9, 2019 Issue   The New Yorker  The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots. On August 11th, two weeks after Prime

  • Arundhati Roy: It’s Hard to Communicate the Scale and the Shape of This Shadow Taking India Over

    November 28, 2019 Guests Arundhati Royaward-winning writer. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel, The God of Small Things. Her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017. Human rights groups are condemning the Indian government for carrying out widespread torture, extrajudicial

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