• Rohingya Repatriation Deal Signed: What’s Next?0

    by Krishna Kumar Saha December 7, 2017 Following the attack by Rohingya militants’ 25 Aug’17 attacks on 30 police posts and an army base, the Myanmar Army started ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Muslim majority Rakhine state. The term ‘ethnic cleansing’ was already used by UN official in September of this year but the US Department of

  • After Indira, there was Jaya0

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    • December 6, 2017

         Image credit: Wikipedia Commons   N Sathiya Moorthy,  5 December 2017   If something stands out in the one year since Jayalalithaa’s passing, it would be her famed leadership qualities and her ability to reach out to the party and the people above the second line, and also the state administration, to the

  • Qatari Wahhabism vs. Saudi Wahhabism and the perils of top-down change0

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    • December 4, 2017

      By James M. Dorsey December 4, 2017 A multi-domed, sand-coloured, architectural marvel, Doha’s biggest and national mosque, symbolizes Qatar’s complex and troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia. Its naming six years ago after an eighteenth century Islamic scholar, Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab, the founder of one of Islam’s most puritan strands, raised eyebrows, sparked controversy,

  • India’s Offensive Force Posture: Implications for Pakistan0

    South Asia with two nuclear rivals India and Pakistan is facing some traditional and non-traditional security threats because of perennial security issues. ‘Disparity’ is a more appropriate term when describing the Indo-Pak equation. India sees itself as a rising regional and extra-regional power and considers military power as the main element in the regional power

  • India-Bangladesh border killing0

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    • December 3, 2017

    Chapter 1 1.1 Introduction: Bangladesh and India, geographically two neighboring friendly countries located in the South Asia. The total length of border is about 5138 kilometer with 4427 kilometer land border and 711 kilometer water border. Bangladesh has 4,096 kilometer common border with India. Bangladesh has 32 border districts whilst India has five border provinces.

  • Sri Lanka’s Trade Imperative 0

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    • December 2, 2017

    December 1, 2017 By Amresh Gunasingham Optimism in Sri Lanka following the end of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s presidency in 2015 saw civil and political freedoms liberalised, ethnic relations improved, and foreign relations with China and India rebalanced. However, the government’s scorecard in managing the economy has been disappointing, with analysts pointing to large excesses in fiscal

  • Celebrating Krishan Chander, the Storyteller of the Oppressed0

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    • December 2, 2017

    By Raza Naeem on 01/12/2017 We need to remind ourselves of the continuing relevance of this master storyteller and humanist par excellence whose presence in our midst is perhaps more needed than ever before. File picture of Urdu writers Salma Siddiqui and Krishan Chander. In 2014, some level of benign neglect could be said to

  • State, Secrecy And CPEC0

    December 1, 2017 By Sadia Kazmi Ever since the inception of the idea of CPEC, it has been embroiled in controversies with regards to its viability, alleged provincial preferences, never-ending debate about cost and benefit and above all for the lack of transparency. Intentionally or unintentionally, the ruling party in the Government has resorted to


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  • Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

    Asma Jahangir: The street fighter

    OBITUARY Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): The human rights icon from Pakistan was a feisty street fighter The renowned senior lawyer suffered from a cardiac arrest and died in Lahore on Sunday. Saroop Ijaz  11/2/2018 This article was first published on The Herald in 2016. Asma Jahangir admonishes police personnel at a protest against the Election Commission of Pakistan

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