• US, Bangladesh hold talks on trade, labour reforms0

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    • September 16, 2018

    The US and Bangladesh have discussed trade, digital economy and labour reforms at a key meeting here. Sep 16, 2018 WASHINGTON: The US and Bangladesh have discussed trade, digital economy and labour reforms at a key meeting here. The US-Bangladesh Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA) Council held its fourth meeting in Washington on

  • Hindu nationalism ‘eroding’ India’s secular nature: US Congressional report0

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    • September 16, 2018

    Hindu nationalism has been a rising political force in India in recent decades, “eroding” its secular nature, a US Congressional report has said, asserting that social media platforms provide “both tacit and overt sanction” for rising incidents of “majoritarian violence” in the country. Sep 15, 2018 Washington: Hindu nationalism has been a rising political force

  • A Reporter’s View of Living and Working in Pakistan0

      Isambard Wilkinson’s ‘Travels in a Dervish Cloak’ is a fine example of why colonisers will continue to misunderstand the post-colonial world – because they cannot bring themselves to see those they once ruled as their equals. Much of the book is the author’s exploration of saints, tombs and practices. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Omair Ahmad   


  • The Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh – Is Peace in Yemen Possible?   0

    By James M. Dorsey Based on remarks at a 19 December 2017 NUS Middle East Institute seminar The Middle East being the Middle East, everything is interrelated. What happens in the region impacts Yemen and what happens in Yemen impacts the region. The crisis in Yemen, like many conflicts in the Middle East, did not

  • Changing Political Horizons in Sri Lanka?0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera “Yet you don’t have any democratic machinery—voting, and so on?” “ Oh, no. Our people would be completely shocked by having to declare that one policy was completely right and another completely wrong.” James Hilton, Lost Horizon The circumstances were right in 1933 for James Hilton to craft the image of

  • Dark Clouds of Islamism Over Pakistan0

    Dr. Nasir Khan, December 19, 2017 Islam, in Pakistan, has transformed from a multidimensional universal religion into an ossified and stilted cult of Islamism. How this happened has a historical context, beginning in 1947 when Pakistan emerged as a new state. The division of India at the end of the British Raj was only possible

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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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