• Maulana Sami Ul-Haq, ‘Father Of The Taliban,’ Stabbed To Death0

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    • November 2, 2018

    November 02, 2018  RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal Pakistani cleric Maulana Samiul Haq (file photo) Officials and relatives say that Maulana Sami ul-Haq, a prominent Pakistani cleric known as the “father of the Taliban” for having taught some of the militant movement’s leaders, has been killed in an apparent knife attack. The country’s Interior Ministry announced Sami

  • For Them, Afghanistan Is Safer Than China0

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    • November 2, 2018

    Persecution in Xinjiang is pushing Uighurs over the border. By Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang | November 1, 2018, 2:10 PM Ethnic Uigur women look through a security fence as Chinese soldiers stand guard in Urumqi, in China’s far west Xinjiang region, on July 9, 2009. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images) Afghanistan’s borderlands have long been a

  • South Asia Is Becoming More Democratic0

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    • November 1, 2018

    CAPTION FAST FORWARD DEMOCRACY’S NEW STRONGHOLD MIGHT SURPRISE YOU By Maroosha Muzaffar Maldives’ main opposition leader and presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (center) greets a crowd during a campaign rally in the Maldives capital Male, ahead of the presidential elections on Sept. 23, 2018. SOURCEGETTY IMAGES WHY YOU SHOULD CARE As global freedoms seem to

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  • Cautious welcome for new Rohingya repatriation plan0

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    • November 1, 2018

      Refugees in Bangladesh keen to return to Myanmar but want assurances of safety after ‘broken promises’ Rohingya refugees at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh on Sept. 2. They have greeted news of their repatriation starting mid-November with optimism and skepticism. (Photo by Rock Ronald Rozario/ Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald

  • Indians cry foul over world’s tallest statue0

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    • November 1, 2018

      $430m tribute to independence leader is dismissed as a gimmick to help Narendra Modi’s BJP in next year’s elections The Statue Of Unity, the world’s tallest statue dedicated to Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, stands overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara in India’s Gujarat state on Oct. 30. (Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP)

  • Bangladesh, Myanmar to Begin Repatriating Rohingya in November0

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    • October 30, 2018

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Oct 30, 2018 05:05 pm Bangladesh and Myanmar officials on Tuesday announced a plan to start repatriating as many as 2,300 Rohingya refugees in a couple of weeks, nearly a year after the neighbors signed a deal stipulating that the process would begin in early 2018. Tuesday’s bilateral agreement 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

  • 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

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  • Blood and Soil in Narendra Modi’s India

    By Dexter Filkins A Reporter at Large December 9, 2019 Issue   The New Yorker  The Prime Minister’s Hindu-nationalist government has cast two hundred million Muslims as internal enemies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents himself as an ascetic economic visionary. He is also a hero of anti-Muslim bigots. On August 11th, two weeks after Prime

  • Arundhati Roy: It’s Hard to Communicate the Scale and the Shape of This Shadow Taking India Over

    November 28, 2019 Guests Arundhati Royaward-winning writer. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her first novel, The God of Small Things. Her second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2017. Human rights groups are condemning the Indian government for carrying out widespread torture, extrajudicial

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