• Geopolitical moves in Jammu and Kashmir have a local cost, too6

    RUTH GAMBLE  ALEXANDER DAVIS 14 August 2019 The planned dissolution not only creates a regionaldisturbance, but tips the balance against minority rights. The mixed reaction to the Indian government’s planned dissolution of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, which has been approved and will take place on 31 October this year, demonstrates yet again the

  • A Decade In The Making: U.S.-Taliban Peace Deal Appears Within Reach0

    August 14, 2019 By Frud Bezhan In the fall of 2010, U.S. officials secretly met a young Taliban representative outside the southern German city of Munich. Tayyib Agha, a member of the militant group’s political wing, presented the U.S. diplomats with a road map for a negotiated end to the war. It was not the United

  • India’s Dalit Christians mark ‘black day’ with protest1

    Leaders call for an end to 69 years of injustice without social benefits Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi India August 13, 2019 Indian Christians of socially poor Dalit groups observed a “black day” to highlight what they call state discrimination that denies them statutory social benefits because of their Christian faith. Dalit leaders gathered in


  • India: Burning Assam in the name of foreigners0

    by Nava Thakuria 26 January 2019 It was a spectacular rally in the pre-historic city of Guwahati on 23 January last that strongly opposed the Indian Union government’s latest initiative to amend the country’s citizenship act in favour of religious asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Organized by All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) along

  • Book Review: A Political History of Muslim Bengal0

    Review by Q M Jalal Khan 25 January 2019 Bangladesh has been under the tyrannical, neo-fascist and BNPhobic Awami siege and occupation for the last ten years. The extent to which the country has known the brutal and brutish Awami barbarism has surpassed all past records. In fact, all bad records of the past combined

  • The decline and fall of democracy0

    William Milam TFT Issue: 25 Jan 2019 The ‘state of exception’ is more likely to have been the basis for modern authoritarianism than of democracy, writes William MilamFacebookTwitterGoogle+WhatsAppEmailPrintFriendlyShare21 I write this on Monday, January 21, which in the US is a holiday celebrating the birth and the life of Martin Luther King (MLK). Outside, the

  • Sri Lanka: Are the Rajapaksas with Gota?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy   22 January 2019  Coming as it does at the height of the Special High Court fast-tracking hearing in the corruption case against Gota Rajapaksa from 22 January, President Maithripala Sirisena’s appointment of a five-member commission to probe similar wrong-doings of the incumbent Government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe causes eye-brows to rise. Going

  • Bangladesh: Are Development And Human Rights Mutually Exclusive?0

    “If I can provide food, jobs and health care, that is human rights.” —–Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh The above statement by Sheikh Hasina was made in December of 2018 in an interview to the New York Times, just prior to the 11th. Parliamentary election in the country. This statement, in and of

  • Patterns to Politics: Entering 20190

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 19 January 2019 “To understand is to perceive patterns.” ― Isaiah Berlin In the new year,  Sri Lanka remains at a crossroads. As before, the island nation  requires carefully calibrated statecraft from policy makers to choose the path towards prosperity. The political, constitutional and parliamentary crisis over the last months of 2018

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  • Not Only in Ladakh, India Losing Ground in Bangladesh Too

    by Taj Hashmi 18 June 2020 We know things are not going well in regards to India’s relationship with China. On 5th/6th May, China captured around sixty square kilometre of Indian territory in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, which is strategically important to all the three countries in the region, China, India, and Pakistan. On 14th/15th

  • Fear of the unknown: Hysteria in Bangladesh

    by Ajmal Sobhan 17 June 2020 When Minhaz Khan passed away three weeks back in Dhaka, he had been terminally ill for a few years. With advanced Parkinson’s disease, he had been living under the care of a live-in nurse in his own home. He was dependent on the nurse for feeding, bodily functions, and

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