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  • Bangladesh’s digital security act: old wine in new bottle?1

      Reporters’ groups demand changes to law that retains ‘worst parts’ of former act and poses threat to freedom of speech Bangladeshi journalists form a human chain in Dhaka as they protest against attacks and abuses of reporters on Aug. 7. Rights groups and media personnel say some provisions of the recently passed Digital Security Act 2018 pose a

  • Nepal law mocks press freedom, threatens democracy0

      New act restricting freedom of religion also criminalizes freedom of expression and other charter-enshrined rights Sudheer Sharma, editor of Nepal’s largest newspaper Kantipur Daily, looks on near the Supreme Court after being summoned to appear by the chief justice in Kathmandu in this March 2 photo. Nepal’s largest newspaper was taken to court for publishing articles critical

  • US-Gulf Pressure On Iranian Regime Proving Effective 0

    October 1, 2018 By Arab News Dr. Majid Rafizadeh* In spite of what the cynics claim, the Iran policy of the US and Gulf Arab states is well-informed and is gradually bringing about effective results. Those who oppose the US and Gulf states’ policy toward Tehran continue to advocate for pursuing appeasement policies with the

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  • Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La

    Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La0

    Bhutan is widely romanticized as the last Shangri-La meaning the “hidden paradise”. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this Shangri-la is a country known for its traditions, culture and identity. The importance of its traditions can be felt from the words of Harald Nestroy that the “early history of Bhutan is not

  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

  • Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

    Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled0

    Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Several recent developments affirm the Pakistani military’s belief that cosmetic changes or words alone will suffice to convince others, especially the U.S., that Pakistan is serious

  • Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia

    Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia0

      Recent weeks have brought a bevy of news headlines attesting to the rising profile of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in South Asia. The group’s literature has circulated in Pakistan, and its flags have been spotted in Kashmir. Several Pakistani militant commanders expressed their allegiance to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Alleged

  • Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business

    Flashpoints from Indo-US Nuclear Deal for Business0

    The India-U.S. nuclear agreement represents a $17 billion opportunity for Indian business. It will also help India secure fuel for its indigenous reactors, and contribute to cheap and plentiful energy. But a major concern remains—will these projects be efficiently executed? With the U.S.-India nuclear agreement clearing two major hurdles on 25 January—civil nuclear liability and

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  • India and China must deepen their relations to sustain the vision of the Asian Century

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra, 12 October 2019 While the second informal meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping takes place at Mamallapuram, in the Indian city of Chennai after the two leaders met last time in China’s Wuhan in April last year, some attempts need to be considered in order

  • India-Pak Nuclear War Would Kick Off Catastrophic Scenarios

    By Abdus Sattar Ghazali * 10 October 2019 IDN FREMONT, California, USA (IDN) – Amid rising tension over Kashmir between the two nuclear neighbors, India and Pakistan, a new U.S. study examines how such an hypothetical future nuclear conflict would have consequences that could ripple across the globe. [Read also New Study Warns of Devastating

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