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  • Xinjiang official defends ‘education centres’ for Uighur Muslims0

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    • October 17, 2018

    16 October 2018 The top official in China’s Xinjiang region has given the most detailed description yet of the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. In an interview with state media, Shohrat Zakir said the “vocational education” centres were proving effective in staving off terrorism. He said “trainees” were grateful for the opportunity

  • Sing for solidarityA Kyrgyz singer sparks a debate about sexism0

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    • October 17, 2018

    In a country where some women are still kidnapped and forced to marry, her voice is welcome Economist Print edition | Asia Oct 11th 2018| ALMATY WHEN Zere Asylbek, a 19-year-old singer from Kyrgyzstan, took to YouTube with a lyrical cry for equality, she did not expect to draw much attention, let alone death threats. The

  • Bhutan’s Elections Demonstrate Continued Democratic Progress0

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    • October 17, 2018

    Image Credit: AP Photo/Anupam Nath Increased voter turnout for Bhutan’s parliamentary elections points to healthier democracy. By Karma Dema September 21, 2018 As vote counts results began trickling in toward the end of election day on September 15 in Bhutan, expectant families and neighbors gathered to watch election results over shared meals and beverages. Since the introduction

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  • India’s Influence in Asia

    India’s Influence in Asia0

    China’s gradual political, economic and military rise continues to be a primary focus among many decision making bodies throughout Asia and beyond, but often lost in the discussion is India, its strategic objectives, and its political influence in Asia and the world. As India continues to gain its footing on the global stage, it continues

  • Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?

    Should Pakistan be granted an NSG Exemption?0

    For some time now Pakistan has been arguing for an exemption from the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). At the Hague Nuclear Security Summit in 2014, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appealed to the international support to have access to civilian nuclear technology. Pakistan contends that it must be accorded similar rights to engage in

  • Chinese and Indian Investment in South and Central Asia is Good for Washington

    Chinese and Indian Investment in South and Central Asia is Good for Washington0

    The United States is increasingly on the outside looking in as China — and India — invest across South and Central Asia. And that’s a good thing for Washington. On April 20, Chinese President Xi Jinping received a hero’s welcome in Islamabad. It’s easy to understand why. He was in town to announce a bonanza

  • Pascal’s wager in real time

    Pascal’s wager in real time0

    The gamble in the Middle East and the gamble in Bangladesh Readers will understand that I am exercising heroic self-restraint by limiting my remarks on the recently-completed Nuclear Framework Agreement to two paragraphs. It is, to quote London’s Financial Times (FT) a “singular” achievement, and in my view another possible inflection point in the modern

  • What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India

    What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India1

    Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement

  • 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

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  • Indian-American Hindutva believers are ecstatic about India’s court decision on Babri Masjid

    By Bhargavi Kulkarni and Suman Guha Mozumder Nov 12, 2019 The Nov. 9 verdict of the Supreme Court that granted Hindus permission to build a Ram temple at the centuries-old Ayodhya holy site, ending one of the country’s most politically-charged land disputes, has evoked a mixed reaction from Indian-Americans. The Hindu-American community and those supporting

  • India’s Narendra Modi has had a free pass from the west for too long

    Threats to minority rights and democratic norms are ignored to preserve a comforting illusion Gideon Rachman November 11 2019 The Financial Times The world’s democracies are desperate to believe in India. From Washington to Tokyo, and from Canberra to London, the country is viewed as an indispensable counterbalance to China. The two Asian giants are

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