• Rwanda and Sri Lanka: A tale of two genocides0

    Sharry Aiken, Queen’s University, Ontario and Cheran Rudhramoorthy, University of Windsor This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and the 10th year since the Tamil genocide in Sri Lanka. While the 1994 Rwandan genocide has become part of the world’s collective memory, the 2009 Tamil genocide has not. Mullivaikkal Genocide Remembrance Day

  • Bangladesh: New Arrests Over Social Media Posts0

    May 17, 2019 Poet, Lawyer, Activists Jailed in Free Speech Crackdown (New York) – Bangladesh authorities made a series of new arrests in their crackdown on the right to free speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests were based on vague charges such as “hurting religious sentiment” or undermining “law and order.” Those arrested

  • The Lobbyists Who Profit From War Crimes In Yemen0

    Mashal Hashem and James Allen May 18, 2019 Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch. A springtime wedding in Northern Yemen’s Al-Raqah village took place in April 2018, a moment of reprieve from the turmoil and devastation of that war-torn country, a moment to celebrate life, love, and the birth of a new family. From the tents

  • India: The Reputation of the Election Commission Has Been Severely Tarnished0

    Voters’ faith in the Election Commission has deteriorated this past election season. That does not bode well for democracy. Sidharth Bhatia Government Politics Elections in India are a matter of pride. Barring a small interregnum, they have been held regularly and successfully. There have been complaints about many things, but overall, the entire apparatus has

  • Bangladesh Journalists Protest Order Limiting Courtroom Reporting0

    Pulack Ghatack Dhaka 2019-05-17 Bangladeshi journalists asked the nation’s top court on Friday to withdraw its order prohibiting them from reporting details of trials that are in progress. The Supreme Court registrar’s office issued the order, also known as a circular, after online and television news reports divulged details of a recent High Court ruling,

  • Debate : India-Bangladesh Relations in the Context of Recent Elections0

    Indo-Bangladesh Relations to Deepen During Hasina’s Third Term (This article is part of the ORF journal) Joyeeta Bhattacharjee* Observer Research Foundation, 17 May 2019 Sheikh Hasina’s victory in the 2018 parliamentary election has made her the first Prime Minister to form a government for a third consecutive time in Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina won the 2009



      by N.S. Venkataraman       4/7/2018 The recent decision of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to shut down the Sterlite Copper project in Tuticorin and seal the facilities have been widely reported and discussed all over India and abroad. Tamil Nadu government has repeatedly said that the unit would not be allowed to function

  • Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem0

      By James M. Dorsey        3/7/2018 A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world. The effort also serves

  • Sri Lanka: Hambantota back in news0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 3 July 2018 Sri Lanka’s controversial Hambantota port project, involving massive Chinese investments, real estate holding and large human presence, and well into the future, is back in the news. First, there was local news reports about the China Merchant Port Holdings Ltd (CM Port) holding back the last tranche of the 99-year

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh

    by Sayeed Al-Zaman 15 February 2020 How to convince people? Thousands of ways might be there but with a single instrument, that is language. Pursuing others using speech was thought be an art in the Classical Greece: they named it “rhetoric”. Yet, some thinkers like Plato, who was discontented with rhetoric and designated it as

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