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  • Pro-military rallies in Myanmar counter grassroots demonstrations0

    Ultra-nationalist monk seeks to make a political comeback by championing the armed forces  John Zaw, Mandalay ,  Myanmar,  May 15, 2019 Ultra-nationalist Myanmar monk Ashin Wirathu has told a rally of hard-line nationalists that military officers sitting in parliament should be worshipped like God. On the morning of May 5, hundreds of people joined a

  • Pakistani Christian teen ‘raped, forcibly converted to Islam’0

    Pastor who helped 15-year-old make police complaint says her marriage was illegal    ucanews.com reporter, Karachi  Pakistan  May 15, 2019 A teenage Christian girl claims she was raped, forcibly converted to Islam and then married off to a 45-year-old Muslim divorcee in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. Neha Pervaiz, 15, a resident of Ittehad Town,

  • Hard life for transgender people in Bangladesh0

    Known as hijra, many flee home to save their families from shame and live in desperate poverty or slip into sex trade Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh May 16, 2019 Over 40 years ago a self-described “unsuitable girly boy” fled her home in Dhaka to realize her “true” sexual identity and free

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  • Middle Eastern culture wars: The battle of the palates0

      By James M. Dorsey      27/5/2018   Nothing in a swath of land stretching from the Atlantic coast of Africa to China is undisputed.   Food is often emblematic of disputes over identity, history and political claims that underlie an arc of crisis-wracked by ethnic and religious conflict; clamour for political, economic, social,

  • Assam burns over Centre’s citizenship mess.0

    By Nava Thakuria          25/5/2018 Assam, if not the Barak valley, is burning. At least, if someone follows the media reporting and related contents, it’s convincing that the Brahmaputra valley of the Northeastern State has been witnessing an uproarious situation for a few weeks now. The other States, precisely Meghalaya, maintains their

  • TAMIL NADU IN INDIA NOW ON SLIPPERY PATH1

    by N. S. Venkataraman         25/5/2018 In recent times, Tamil Nadu has been in the news for all wrong reasons. A few years back, investors and employees in Kerala and West Bengal, both those residing in the state or from outside the states, were reluctant to invest or seek employment in Kerala and

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  • Neighbours challenge political Hindutva’s Ram agenda

    N Sathiya Moorthy  24 July 2020 Indian claims to the Ram story and ownership could be challenged from more places than one, says N Sathiya  Moorthy.  Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s recent diatribe that the birthplace of Hindu god Ram is located in his country and not in Ayodhya, need not be a

  • The Top Brass is Shattered in Bangladesh: Aftermath of a Retired General’s Interview

    Lieutenant General (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy (left) and General Aziz Ahmed, the Chief of Army Staff (right)   by Taj Hashmi     20 July 2020 Although neither the puppet and illegitimate government of Sheikh Hasina nor the pro-Indian Deep State, which has been running Bangladesh for the last twelve years, gathered enough courage to broadcast

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