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  • Reading Between the Lines, from Pulwama to the Balakot Airstrike0

    The past two weeks provide grounds for optimism sans jingoism – on the timing of the air-strikes, the strength of India’s diplomatic game and other developments in the India-Pakistan face-off. Narendra Modi and Imran Khan. Illustration: The Wire Nilanjan Banik and G. Venkat RamanPoliticsSecurity4 5 March 2019 The recent India-Pakistan military exchanges post-Pulwama mark a

  • Will MBS’ Defense of China’s Uighur Crackdown Backfire in Saudi Arabia?0

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, fourth from right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, third from left, at a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Feb. 22, 2019 (Pool photo by How Hwee Young via AP). Kyle Haddad-Fonda Monday, March 4, 2019 Before Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Beijing

  • Sri Lanka’s Drug Scourge0

    By Amresh Gunasingham 4 March 2019 SYNOPSIS Sri Lanka’s recent move to bring back capital punishment for convicted drug offenders has put a spotlight on growing narcotics related crime in the country. The government’s apparent tough stance is in response to concerns that Sri Lanka is re-emerging as a transit hub for global drug trafficking

  • Bangladesh’s moral police turn the screw0

    Porn, gambling and social media sites blocked as activists protest about clampdown on freedom of speech  Bangladeshi men use their cellphones in Dhaka on Dec. 28, 2018, after authorities severely restricted internet services across the country in an effort to fight propaganda ahead of the Dec. 30 general election. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) Stephan Uttom

  • Deadly Dhaka: Govt ‘ignored warnings’ of industrial fires0

    Critics say Bangladesh moving too slowly to relocate chemical plants from urban areas as 70 perish in latest disaster Relatives of victims who were killed in a fire mourn in Dhaka on February 21. At least 69 people died in a huge blaze that tore through apartment buildings also used as chemical warehouses in an

  • The Pulwama Attack’s After Effects: Fake News and Rumours0

    By Mohammed Sinan Siyech 4 March 2019 SYNOPSIS The terrorist attack in Kashmir which resulted in the death of more than 40 members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has generated fresh tensions between India and Pakistan. The Pakistan-based terrorism group Jaish e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility. What does the attack reveal about the nature

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh

    by Sayeed Al-Zaman 15 February 2020 How to convince people? Thousands of ways might be there but with a single instrument, that is language. Pursuing others using speech was thought be an art in the Classical Greece: they named it “rhetoric”. Yet, some thinkers like Plato, who was discontented with rhetoric and designated it as

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