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  • Unequal Sequel: China’s Belt and Road Initiative0

    Felix K. Chang 9 August 2019 During the spring of 2019, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) notched up some notable successes. In March, Italy became the first major Western country to sign up as a participant. Then in April, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced that his country would proceed with the BRI-backed East Coast Rail

  • INSIDE THE EXODUS OF INDIAN MIGRANTS FROM KASHMIR0

    By Yashraj Sharma WHY YOU SHOULD CARE Modi’s government says the abrogation of Kashmir’s special status will better integrate it with India, but Indians are leaving in droves. It’s 8 pm and the streets of Srinagar — the capital of Indian Kashmir — are desolate, with one of the strictest curfews the region has seen. But

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  • Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir0

    By Keith Jones 9 August 2019 www.wsws.org Pakistan has taken a raft of retaliatory measures and issued war threats in response to India’s aggressive and patently illegal moves to tighten its control over disputed Kashmir. These moves, which Islamabad has labeled an “annexation,” have been accompanied by an unprecedented state of siege in Indian-held Jammu and

  • Who’s Who Among The Afghan Presidential Candidates0

    August 09, 2019 By Frud Bezhan Seventeen men will contest Afghanistan’s presidential election in a race among old power brokers — ex-government officials, prominent technocrats, and a notorious former warlord. The twice-delayed September 28 election is slated to be only the second-ever democratic transition of power in the war-wracked country of 35 million people. The candidates

  • Is Bangladesh’s ex-chief justice evading prosecution or facing persecution?0

    Justice Sinha may soon face extradition from Canada Foreign Policy News   August 7, 2019 By B.Z. Khasru If the stars were aligned, former Chief Justice S.K. Sinha could have been Bangladesh’s first minority president. Instead, he might soon find himself mired in a tug of extradition fight between Bangladesh and Canada, where he has just sought

  • India Is Making a Mistake in Kashmir0

    The real problem in the state isn’t Pakistan or jobs. It’s a lack of agency for local residents. By Editorial Board August 7, 2019 Bloomberg News India’s shock decision this week to revoke the autonomy of its restive state of Jammu and Kashmir is a crucial test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Without a change of course, he’s likely to

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  • The U.S.-India Nuclear Deal: Tale of Ten Years0

    Asma Khalid      31 October 2018 The 2008 India-US civil nuclear deal is marked as one of the most significant events in the strategic landscape of South Asia in last 3 decades. This deal has been viewed as the beginning of a special relationship between India and the US. However, after signing the nuclear

  • Sri Lanka: An ‘unholy alliance’ comes unstuck0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      27 October 2018 There is no denying the surprise element in the timing of the unsettling ‘power-transfer’ in Colombo, which however was waiting to happen for too long that the nation had begun getting tired and bored about media speculation of the past year and more. Even more surprising in the

  • Electronic Voting Machines in India Face Criticism from Opposition Political Leaders0

    An Indian officer examines an electronic voting machine ahead of parliamentary elections in Jammu. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA   bt Yead Mirza     29 October 2018 Faced with a wave of criticism from political corners and civil society members for the alleged erroneous and malicious use of the Electronic Voting Machines, India’s Election Commission had introduced

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  • Indian Navy benefits from Pentagon paranoia over China

    US government in a hurry to get new sub-hunting helicopters into the hands of the Indian Navy by Dave Makichuk May 20, 2020 To say the Pentagon is concerned about China’s military expansion would be an understatement — just ask the Indian Navy. According to a report by Paul McLeary for Breaking Defense, the US

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