• India becomes the sick man of Asia0

    • Blog
    • September 10, 2018

      Millions are dying for want of basic medical facilities in neglected state hospitals A nurse checks supplies at a hospital in New Delhi. Many Indian state hospitals lack the facilities to give decent care to patients. (Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, New Delhi  India  September 10, 2018 For the past six years, 31-year-old Muneer Ahmad

  • Myanmar’s Stalled Transition0

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    • September 8, 2018

    Myanmar’s State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi looks on during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit in Manila, Philippines, 13 November 2017. REUTERS/Linus Escandor Ii/Pool BRIEFING  151 / ASIA 28 AUGUST 2018 Aung San Suu Kyi’s government appears stuck amid international condemnation of the Rohingya’s mass displacement and domestic unease about the economy. To nudge Myanmar’s post-junta transition forward,

  • Anand Teltumbde: On India’s rising authoritarian tide0

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    • September 8, 2018

    BY THE EDITORS    Himal Southeastern 3 SEPTEMBER 2018 Photo: dgSolidarity / Youtube On 28 August 2018, homes of several civil-rights activists, lawyers and writers across India were raided by the Maharashtra police for having ‘links’ with Maoists. Of these, five were arrested, in what is seen as a highly controversial, and authoritarian, attempt to silence

  • As New U.S. Envoy Appointed, Turbulent Afghanistan’s Hopes of Peace Persist0

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    • September 8, 2018

    Borhan Osman Senior Analyst, Afghanistan       8 September 2018 On 4 September 2018, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad would join the State Department as an adviser on Afghanistan. Khalilzad will, in the Secretary of State’s words, “assist in the reconciliation effort”; his appointment is a

  • Sri Lankan unions in closed-door discussions with plantation bosses0

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    • September 8, 2018

    By W.A. Sunil 8 September 2018 Amid growing working-class anger over poverty-level wages and increased productivity demands, Sri Lanka’s plantation unions and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) are holding backroom discussions over a new collective agreement. As in the past, plantation workers have been kept completely in the dark about these negotiations. On August

  • Pakistan Fires Top Ahmadi Economist After Backlash0

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    • September 8, 2018

     September 8, 2018 UCAN   By Zahid Hussain The Pakistani government has fired a renowned economist from a newly constituted advisory body after his appointment sparked a backlash from right-wing political parties and Islamist groups. Atif Mian, a Princeton University professor and a member of the persecuted Ahmadi faith, was named in an 18-member economic advisory council


  • Strengthening Right to Information in South Asia0

    All eyes were on Kathmandu last week as Nepal hosted the 18th annual SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit from Nov. 22-27, 2014. The annual meeting, convening the heads of state of the eight member nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – focused this year on the

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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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