• Women in India Are Defending Democracy in Face of Rising Hindu Nationalism9

    By Yamuna Matheswaran, Waging Nonviolence August 18, 2019 After the Indian government’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, people across India answered a nationwide call for protests issued by left-wing parties on Aug. 7. Article 370 had provided the state with considerable autonomy and was one of the conditions for its

  • Officials: Myanmar, Bangladesh Working to Repatriate 3,450 Rohingya Refugees0

    Sunil Barua and Jesmin Papri Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh and Dhaka 2019-08-16 Bangladesh and Myanmar said Friday they were working on the first repatriation of Rohingya refugees since members of the ethnic minority fled a massive military crackdown in Rakhine state two years ago, amid confusion over how the process would unfold. “Myanmar has given clearance

  • How geopolitics enabled India’s gambit in Kashmir0

    Kashmir crisis: The global politics behind India’s leverage – Why We Wrote This India’s decision to strip Kashmir’s special status is the kind of move you expect to get global pushback. But that hasn’t been the case – which highlights significant shifts in big-power politics. By Howard LaFranchi Staff writer August 15, 2019 India’s


  • The decline and fall of democracy0

    William Milam TFT Issue: 25 Jan 2019 The ‘state of exception’ is more likely to have been the basis for modern authoritarianism than of democracy, writes William MilamFacebookTwitterGoogle+WhatsAppEmailPrintFriendlyShare21 I write this on Monday, January 21, which in the US is a holiday celebrating the birth and the life of Martin Luther King (MLK). Outside, the

  • Sri Lanka: Are the Rajapaksas with Gota?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy   22 January 2019  Coming as it does at the height of the Special High Court fast-tracking hearing in the corruption case against Gota Rajapaksa from 22 January, President Maithripala Sirisena’s appointment of a five-member commission to probe similar wrong-doings of the incumbent Government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe causes eye-brows to rise. Going

  • Bangladesh: Are Development And Human Rights Mutually Exclusive?0

    “If I can provide food, jobs and health care, that is human rights.” —–Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh The above statement by Sheikh Hasina was made in December of 2018 in an interview to the New York Times, just prior to the 11th. Parliamentary election in the country. This statement, in and of

  • Patterns to Politics: Entering 20190

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 19 January 2019 “To understand is to perceive patterns.” ― Isaiah Berlin In the new year,  Sri Lanka remains at a crossroads. As before, the island nation  requires carefully calibrated statecraft from policy makers to choose the path towards prosperity. The political, constitutional and parliamentary crisis over the last months of 2018

  • Shaping the new world order: The battle for human rights0

    By James M. Dorsey 19 January 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese effort backed by autocrats elsewhere has turned human rights into an underrated,

  • Brewing Hot Espresso Coffee with the Cricketers: Another One Bites the Dust1

    by Mrittika Nandy 18 January 2019 Koffee with Karan, a show that has garnered high Television Rating Points (TRP’s) over six decades on Star World is currently the core contention of debate and deliberation. Been on the electronic platform for more than 6 decades with a prominent face from Bollywood, Karan Johar (renowned Director of

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  • Neighbours challenge political Hindutva’s Ram agenda

    N Sathiya Moorthy  24 July 2020 Indian claims to the Ram story and ownership could be challenged from more places than one, says N Sathiya  Moorthy.  Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s recent diatribe that the birthplace of Hindu god Ram is located in his country and not in Ayodhya, need not be a

  • The Top Brass is Shattered in Bangladesh: Aftermath of a Retired General’s Interview

    Lieutenant General (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy (left) and General Aziz Ahmed, the Chief of Army Staff (right)   by Taj Hashmi     20 July 2020 Although neither the puppet and illegitimate government of Sheikh Hasina nor the pro-Indian Deep State, which has been running Bangladesh for the last twelve years, gathered enough courage to broadcast

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