• Afghan Police, Intelligence Chiefs Killed In Shooting Attack0

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    • October 18, 2018

    Last Updated: October 18, 2018  RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan The police chief, Abdul Raziq, was reportedly killed at the governor’s office. The police chief and intelligence head of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar have been killed in a shooting attack, officials say, in a major blow to the West-backed government in Kabul. The Taliban

  • Russia and India: As Close As Lips & Teeth?0

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    • October 18, 2018

    By Chris Cheang   18 October 2018 Synopsis President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on 4-5 October 2018 for the 19th annual bilateral summit saw the signing of a major weapons system. This served relatively well Russia’s domestic and foreign policy objectives. Commentary RUSSIA AND India signed agreements in the fields of space, nuclear energy, railways

  • Indian govt blamed over fate of missing Muslim student0

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    • October 18, 2018

      Call for a thorough investigation of hard-line Hindu students who scuffled with Najeeb Ahmed before he disappeared Fatima Nafees, mother of Najeeb Ahmed who went missing from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2016, cries as she addresses a protest march in New Delhi on Oct 15 which marked the second year of the disappearance of

  • Rohingya fear death as India begins deportation0

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    • October 18, 2018

      Modi government accused of ignoring international obligations as 40,000 face return to uncertain future in Myanmar Supporters of the ruling pro-Hindu party BJP demonstrate on March 23 in the West Bengal state capital Kolkata against what they call the infiltration of Rohingya Muslim minorities into India. (Photo by IANS) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi  India October

  • Xinjiang official defends ‘education centres’ for Uighur Muslims0

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    • October 17, 2018

    16 October 2018 The top official in China’s Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the “vocational education” centres were proving effective in staving off terrorism. He said “trainees” were grateful for the opportunity

  • Sing for solidarityA Kyrgyz singer sparks a debate about sexism0

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    • October 17, 2018

    In a country where some women are still kidnapped and forced to marry, her voice is welcome Economist Print edition | Asia Oct 11th 2018| ALMATY WHEN Zere Asylbek, a 19-year-old singer from Kyrgyzstan, took to YouTube with a lyrical cry for equality, she did not expect to draw much attention, let alone death threats. The


  • Changing Political Horizons in Sri Lanka?0

      by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera “Yet you don’t have any democratic machinery—voting, and so on?” “ Oh, no. Our people would be completely shocked by having to declare that one policy was completely right and another completely wrong.” James Hilton, Lost Horizon The circumstances were right in 1933 for James Hilton to craft the image of

  • Dark Clouds of Islamism Over Pakistan0

    Dr. Nasir Khan, December 19, 2017 Islam, in Pakistan, has transformed from a multidimensional universal religion into an ossified and stilted cult of Islamism. How this happened has a historical context, beginning in 1947 when Pakistan emerged as a new state. The division of India at the end of the British Raj was only possible

  • What’s the UN doing to Stopping Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar?0

    By Habib Siddiqui One of the sinister methods employed to justify genocide has been to deny the history of the targeted victims. And that is what the criminal Buddhists within the apartheid state of Myanmar has been doing for nearly 70 years since earning independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Instead of carrying out

  • Trading Jerusalem for Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United States and the two Gulf states see a US peace plan-in-the-making as a way of paving the way

  • Understanding Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah: Politics & Role0

    Abstract Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the saint politician of the valley, was one of the famous leaders of modern India. He was not only the most dominating political figure of modern Jammu & Kashmir State, but he played a significant role in shaping the post-1947 sub-continental politics. His contribution as a political leader is so great,

  • US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?0

      By James M. Dorsey December 14, 2017 Talks aimed at transferring US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia serve as an indicator of where the Saudi-Iranian rivalry is heading as well as the strength of the informal Saudi-Israeli alliance against Iran. The possible transfer could spark a new arms race in the Middle East and

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  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

  • Partition of India: One US Diplomat’s Notes

    August 10, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Was Jinnah Hindu? U.S. Favored United Indi. Muslim League Distrusted Congress. How Nehru Could Prevent Partition. The Partition of India in 1947 by Britain to create two independent countries wreaked havoc in human lives and miseries. It killed two million people, according to various estimates, and displaced 14 million. Its

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