• Is Bangladesh’s media freedom deteriorating?0

    An attack on a prominent Bangladeshi editor, along with increased incidents of hacking and censorship, are all signs of an “imperiled” political environment in the run-up to Bangladesh’s general election this autumn. Mahmudur Rahman is the acting editor of Bangladesh’s pro-opposition newspaper Amar Dessh. On Sunday, as he was leaving a court hearing over a

  • Imran Khan’s battles have only just begun, after Pakistan’s ‘dirtiest election’0

    Katharine Adeney, University of Nottingham The votes cast in Pakistan’s election are still being counted (or rigged, as some allege). But it is already clear that Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will be the next prime minister. The previous governing party, Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N is trailing badly and the PPP, led by

  • Dhaka cafe attack haunts society, yields useful lessons0

      Two years after worst attack in Bangladesh’s history, suspects brought to justice and police better at curbing militant threats Bangladeshi soldiers march in front of the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in the Gulshan diplomatic area of Dhaka in this July 2, 2016 file photo. Five militants armed with guns, bombs and knives massacred 20 cafe guests, mostly foreigners, in

  • Bangladesh: Briton Cleared in Café Attack Lingers in Jail0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jul 26, 2018 A Dhaka court on Thursday again denied bail to a British man jailed for two years in the Holey Artisan café attack although police had cleared him of suspicion this week, while legal experts warned that securing his freedom could be a lengthy process. The Chief Metropolitan

  • Patriotic songs and self-criticism: why China is ‘re-educating’ Muslims in mass detention camps0

    Michael Clarke, Australian National University China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies their existence. But extensive reporting by international media and human rights groups indicates that upwards of hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs – a Muslim-minority ethnic group – have been detained in sprawling “re-education” centres in the far-western Xinjiang region of China. The camps are

  • Bangladesh police: Beating suspects not crimes0

    Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan  26 July 2018 Photo: Kazi Tahsin Agaz Apurbo (staged) “Mother, seek mercy for me from the Prime Minister. Tell her that I am a regular student and that I am not involved with any political party. Please entreat her to revoke my remand. Please tell them not to beat me.” This


  • China, Nepal to focus on cross-border Railway!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Pivot Like USA and Russia that have assumed Asia pivot to influence the continent, China also has its own Asia pivot, but it also has South Asia pivot too trying to woo the nations to come under its new Silk route program nicknamed the ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ initiative. China’s

  • Rohingya crisis: this is what genocide looks like0

    Alicia de la Cour Venning, Queen Mary University of London The world is witnessing a state-orchestrated humanitarian catastrophe on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. The latest UN figures show a staggering 370,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August 25. An unknown number have perished. Around 26,000 non-Muslims have also been displaced. This is just the latest

  • Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath0

      By James M. Dorsey Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and debilitating regional rivalries. The Islamic State (IS) is on the cusp of territorial defeat in Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia may be groping for an exit from its

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  • Sri Lanka’s Muslims bloodied by Buddhism

    By Ana Pararajasingham June 20, 2019 Sri Lanka has become more fragile, fractured and polarized following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks as the country’s Muslims are harassed and subjected to violence by mobs of Sinhala Buddhists who form the majority of the island’s population. Although those targeted by jihadist violence on Easter Sunday were the

  • Bangladesh And Revenge Politics: To What End?

    “Revenge, the sweetest morsel to mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” ~Sir Walter Scott from The Heart Of Mid-Lothian Revenge politics has long been the bedrock of Sheikh Hasina’s personal and political motto and raison d’etre. The people of Bangladesh are well aware of this unwelcome fact, which has, very regrettably, become mundane in

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