The Naga rebels in Myanmar have been in a state of flux since the death of leader Khaplang, in red tie, in June 2017. Photo: Alchetron Naypyidaw and Delhi hope peaceful takeover and return home of Indian Nagas will bring stability By Angshuman Choudhury 11 February 2019 The Myanmar Army has taken control of the
An excerpt from the book ‘The Story of Kashmir’ by David Devadas. Maqbool Butt of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. Credit: Unknown Illustration: The Wire David Devadas’s book, The Story of Kashmir, is a comprehensive history of the geopolitics, politics, and the social and cultural changes in Kashmir since 1930. It gives a blow-by-blow account
Human Rights Watch 8 February 2019 Investigate 2018 Election Abuses One year ago, Khaleda Zia, the leader of Bangladesh’s main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was sent to prison. Zia was convicted ahead of the December 2018 elections when the courts acted on longstanding cases against her. While Human Rights Watch takes no
By Rohit Wadhwaney on Feb 08, 2019 05:07 pm An Indian court sentenced seven Muslim men to life in prison on Friday for killing two members of the Hindu community over a motorcycle accident, sparking large-scale riots that claimed dozens of lives in north India’s Uttar Pradesh state almost six years ago. The Muzaffarnagar district sessions court handed
Why hold a free and fair election which you risk losing, when you can rig it to ensure certain victory, and get away with it? This was clearly in the mind of the Awami League in Bangladesh which three weeks ago won 293 of the 300 parliamentary seats in what must be the country’s most
Americans Misunderstand China’s Ambitions for ‘Renewal’ – The Atlantic Xi Jinping seeks national rejuvenation, but his nation’s mounting power masks increased instability. Feb 3, 2019 Daniel Blumenthal Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute Since the end of the Cold War, Beijing has viewed Washington as its chief geopolitical rival, yet official Washington
By John Feffer, January 24, 2018 The United States has never invaded Norway. It has never bombed Oslo. It has never rounded up Norwegians and thrown them in Guantanamo. Perhaps some U.S. diplomats have referred to the country as “shithole” — because the food’s rather bland and the nightlife rather staid — but the
by Ahmadullah Archiwal 24/1/20189 If elections are meant to earn legitimacy through the representation of a particular populace, then higher is the turnout in an election greater will be the legitimacy of a regime and vice versa. The questions of representation and regime legitimacy are mainly addressed through elections in the post-2001 Afghanistan.
By James M. Dorsey Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President Hasan Rouhani’s repeated calls for reduced military and Revolutionary Guards involvement in the economy. Mr. Khamenei signalled his support by ordering the military and the Guards to start divesting from
By James M. Dorsey 23/1/2018 Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises questions about the scope of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s commitment to what he has termed ‘moderate’ Islam. So does Saudi missionary activity in Yemen. The missionary activities
By The Wire Staff on 20/01/2018 From Gauri Lankesh’s murder to defamation suits, attacks on the media have become commonplace. Credit: Karnika Kohli/The Wire New Delhi: The ‘India Freedom Report: Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in 2017’ by The Hoot confirms with data what an alarming year 2017 was for journalists, including photographers and stringers,
By James M. Dorsey Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf states.” Known for his hard-line pro-Israel views, Mr. Dershowitz drew his conclusion following an all-expenses paid trip to the Gulf state. Mr. Dershowitz argued that Qatar like Israel was “surrounded
By Devansh Kaushik | January 9, 2020 Introduction In the early hours of January 3, missiles launched by a USAF MQ9 Reaper slammed into a convoy exiting the Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of an Iraqi militia. General Soleimani was the leader of the elite
By Adil Khan Broadly speaking most Indian Hindus seem to entertain three perceptions vis-à-vis the Indian Muslims – that Muslims are: (i) ‘invaders’ and thus have no place in Hindu India; (ii) ‘scumbags’, liars, cheats and terrorists and thus be shunned; and finally, to some (iii) they are equal citizens and thus be treated accordingly.