• ‘In Bangladesh, democracy was not allowed to take root’0

    • Blog
    • November 21, 2018

    The Daily Star November 21, 2018 Sultana Kamal. Photo: Anisur Rahman Eresh Omar Jamal Sultana Kamal, lawyer and human rights activist, member of CPD board of trustees, former Executive Director of Ain o Salish Kendra, and former advisor to the caretaker government of Bangladesh, talks to Eresh Omar Jamal of The Daily Star about the upcoming national elections and

  • When in doubt, blame the Pakistanis0

    • Blog
    • November 20, 2018

    By Turyal Azam Khan November 20, 2018 In an exclusive interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, US President Donald Trump seemed to be blaming everyone except his administration for America’s foreign affairs problems. Since the interviewee left no stone unturned, it was no surprise that Pakistan got a special mention. But should Islamabad care anymore

  • False News Websites Hit Bangladesh Ahead of General Election0

    • Blog
    • November 19, 2018

    By Sharif Khiam on Nov 19, 2018 Several websites that spread fake content and masquerade as online portals of genuine news organizations have cropped up in Bangladesh in the past few days, alarming media executives who say these could mislead voters ahead of next month’s general election. Imposter versions of popular news sites such as

  • Baloch Leader: Trump Speaks a Language Pakistan Can Understand0

    • Blog
    • November 19, 2018

    Relatives of missing Pakistanis hold up a portraits of loved ones during a vigil for Baloch Martyrs’ Day in Quetta on Nov. 13, 2014.   Source Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty By Karlos Zurutuza  19 November 2018 Why you should care Baloch pro-independence leader Hyrbyair Marri discusses how the U.S. president can foster positive change in his region. Hyrbyair Marri,

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  • India: Zakia Jafri’s Case is a Reminder of How the Guilty of Gujarat Subverted the Law0

    • Blog
    • November 18, 2018

    On Monday, the Supreme Court will consider her appeal against the closure report of the SIT – which ignored all evidence to the contrary and decided the large-scale violence in the state was not the product of a criminal conspiracy. Zakia Jafri. Credit: PTI Teesta Setalvad “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the

  • The Shifting Narrative of Women’s Role in Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh’s Islamic Jihad0

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    • November 18, 2018

    By: Animesh Roul November 17, 2018  (source: Bangladesh’s most lethal home-grown militant organization, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)—which has multiple ideological and operational factions, including the Islamic State (IS)-inspired neo-JMB and al-Qaeda linked core Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JM)—has gained notoriety over the last few years for recruiting and nurturing a network of women militants. Despite robust counter-terrorism operations following


  • Sex, lies & corruption in the U.S. Navy0

      by Gaurav Tyagi    18/2/2018 The USS Blue Ridge is the flagship of the U.S Navy’s 7th fleet, overseeing all American maritime operations in Asia and the Western Pacific. It is the U.S Navy’s second oldest active duty vessel and has survived the Vietnam as well as the Cold war. The Blue Ridge has

  • China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East0

    by James M. Dorsey   RSIS 17/2/2018 China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more evident in China’s trashing of its vow not to establish foreign military bases,


    N.S. Venkataraman      16/2/2018 The decisive victory of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the local government polls in Sri Lanka on 10th February has caused considerable surprise to the political observers around the world. Rajapaksa’s party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, won in 239 out of the 341 councils pushing his rivals far behind. This

  • Expanding regional rivalries: Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan0

      By James M. Dorsey   16/2/2018 It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen as well as Qatar, the kingdom and the Islamic republic are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East into the Caucasus. The two

  • India’s Argumentative Battle in Kashmir0

    by Zaboor Ahmad      15/2/2018 Ever since 1947, India and Pakistan have laid claim to Kashmir and scholars continue to search and dilate the reasons for this intractable conflict between them. Apart from the argument of accession signed by the last Dogra Hindu king, Hari Singh with India; India has sought to keep the Kashmir

  • Hypocriticism of Indian Media On Kashmir Issue1

    by Mir Suhail 15/2/2018 Nowadays, whenever we hear the word ‘debate’, our brains get accumulated with furious commotion. In Indian TV debates, no one listens to anyone; everyone speaks up simultaneously without listening to each other, without clear information and identification of what the problem is, how can there be any solution that is acceptable

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  • Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

  • The Kashmiri narrative

    Columbia Journalism Review by Rozina Ali August 28, 2019 In mid-February, a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar killed 44 Indian paramilitary officers in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was the deadliest attack against Indian soldiers in three decades. Dar was from a local village, but the militant group that claimed responsibility

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