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  • Chess Tournament puts Sports Governance and Saudi Change under the Microscope0

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    • December 26, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international chess tournament focuses attention on the fundamental problem wreaking havoc in international sports governance and shines a spot light on the limitations of covert Saudi-Israeli cooperation in confronting Iran and political Islam and the Palestinians’ ability to be a game spoiler. By seducing the World

  • Diverging Trajectories in Bangladesh: Islamic State vs al-Qaeda0

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    • December 25, 2017

      Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 15 Issue: 23 By: Nathaniel Barr Bangladeshi Muslims attend the funeral of activist Xulhaz Mannan (Source: AP) Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have adopted divergent strategies in their competition for dominance in Bangladesh. Al-Qaeda has sought to build popular support by exploiting the grievances of the country’s political Islamists, and by

  • China ‘stirring up’ anti-India discourse in neighbourhood?0

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    • December 23, 2017

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 22 December 2017 At a time when New Delhi continues to be guarded in its comments on sovereignty-centric independent decisions of its neighbours, the new extra-regional player in China, seeking a fast-tracked proactive regional role, seems wanting to provoke internal anti-India debates in individual South Asian nations. The idea is obvious: to try

  • How Facebook’s Secret Unit Created India’s Troll Armies For Digital Propaganda To Influence Elections0

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    • December 23, 2017

    Just days after GreatGameIndia exposed how American and Japanese companies could be hacking Indian elections, a recent Bloomberg report has revealed how a secret unit of Facebook has helped create troll armies for governments around the world including India for digital propaganda to influence elections. By Shelley Kasli December 22, 2017 Share on Facebook Tweet on

  • Trade agreement: Pakistan for FTA with Pacific South East nations0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ______ Pakistan aims initiate negotiations with Pacific and South East Asian nations on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to enhance multilateral trade. Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines in the Pacific region are among the countries in the list to start a dialogue on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) which will pave

  • Verdict washes away DMK’s 2G stain0

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    • December 21, 2017

      December 21, 2017 The tough question before the DMK and its leader MK Stalin now is, what should their response be if sounded out for an alliance by the BJP for or after the next parliamentary polls, says N Sathiya Moorthy  It is celebration time for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu, but the

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  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game

    “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the

  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Fear of Fall is The Issue

    “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.

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