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  • Mystery surrounds kidnapped Panchen Lama0

    May 8, 2019 The six-year-old 11th Panchen Lama disappeared on May 17, 1995, three days after recognition by the Dalai Lama By Richard S Ehrlich 8 May 2019 It is nearly 24 years since the Chinese government kidnapped the Panchen Lama – and groups around the world are calling for Beijing to reveal what has

  • Independence of Pakistan’s Judiciary is Under Threat0

    The resolution to remove Justice Qazi Faez Isa for “criticising the army and the ISI” in his Faizabad case verdict shows “there are clamps on freedom of speech within the judiciary”. Supreme Court of Pakistan. Credit: Reuters Xari JalilLawSouth Asia Lahore: The ‘Faizabad sit-in’ may just have been one of the major events in the political

  • India’s defence policy challenge0

    HARSH V. PANT and PUSHAN DAS 8 May 2019 India must streamline its defense procurement processes, and reverse declining capital investment relative to personnel costs IAF RAFALE India is in the midst of its parliamentary elections, among the biggest democratic exercises anywhere in the world. Narendra Modi, the incumbent prime minister, seeks a second term

  • Revealed: new evidence of China’s mission to raze the mosques of Xinjiang0

    Guardian and Bellingcat investigation finds more than two dozen Islamic religious sites partly or completely demolished since 2016 Lily Kuo in Beijing Mon 6 May 2019 Around this time of the year, the edge of the Taklamakan desert in far western China should be overflowing with people. For decades, every spring thousands of Uighur Muslims

  • Myanmar: Genuine press freedom must follow release of Reuters journalists0

    Ann Wang/AFP 7 May 2019 Responding to news of the amnesty and release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s East and Southeast Asia Director said: “Today marks an important victory for press freedom in Myanmar. The case against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo was a travesty of

  • The Path To War With Iran Is Paved With Sanctions0

    APRIL 23, 2019 Mike Pompeo by Joseph Cirincione and Mary Kaszynski The Trump administration is laying siege to Iran. Taking pages from the Iraq War playbook, senior officials paint a picture of a rogue, outlaw, terrorist regime bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and whose “malign activities” are the cause of all the chaos in the

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  • Indian Navy benefits from Pentagon paranoia over China

    US government in a hurry to get new sub-hunting helicopters into the hands of the Indian Navy by Dave Makichuk May 20, 2020 To say the Pentagon is concerned about China’s military expansion would be an understatement — just ask the Indian Navy. According to a report by Paul McLeary for Breaking Defense, the US

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