• Bangladesh; Can we speak?0

    Nur E Emroz Alam Tonoy  Dhaka Tribune March 10th, 2019 We must fight for the freedom of speech BIGSTOCK  What does the Arundhati Roy imbroglio say about our democratic freedoms? I’m sure, you all are familiar with the Bengali proverb: “A donkey always makes the water dirty before drinking.” If you have ever wondered what

  • Protests bring CPEC’s Kashmir dam to a halt0

    Belt and Road As protests halt a major Chinese hydropower dam in Kashmir, Pakistani experts emphasise the need to move to solar and wind sources to generate energy Fears of river diversion have led to protests against a Chinese funded hydropower project in Kashmir [image by: Ghulam Rasool] Zofeen T. Ebrahim, March 7, 2019 The

  • Govt’s Ad Ban on Kashmir Dailies Seen as Yet Another Attempt at Media Coercion0

    10 March 2019 Curtailing a major source of revenue for Kashmir newspapers seems to be the government’s way of telling the media in the Valley: fall in line or be prepared to face the music. Kashmir papers published blank front pages to protest the ban on advertisements against Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader. Credit: Muhammad

  • Analysis: China’s growing military ambition in Pakistan0

    By BBC Monitoring 10 March 2019 China’s much-discussed economic project in Pakistan, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a part of Beijing’s ambitious trading network called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – is believed to be taking a “military turn”, with speculation that military cooperation has been outlined as part of the project. The speculation stems from a report

  • Indian parliamentary elections from April 11 to May 19. Counting begins on May 23.0

    by EditorMarch 10, 2019 New Delhi, March 10 (The Hindu): The Indian Election Commission announced on Sunday the schedule for elections to the Lok Sabha, the lower House of the Indian parliament. Polling will be held in seven phases.The first phase will be on April 11 and the seventh and last on May 19. Counting will

  • Myanmar: Arakan Army Is Not A Terrorist Outfit0

    South Asia Analysis Group 10 March 2019 By S. Chandrasekharan It looks that both the Myanmar Government and its Army with the tacit support of China are trying make out that the Arakan Army is deeply in cohort with the terrorist outfit- the ARSA in causing depredations in Rakhine State. The idea appears to be



    by N.S. Venkataraman  18/2/2018 A TEST CASE FOR MR. MODI The massive fraud in the government of India owned Punjab National Bank has shocked the citizens all over India and has also caused considerable surprise around the world for its brazenness. What is particularly disturbing is the way that the fraud took place, bypassing the

  • Sex, lies & corruption in the U.S. Navy0

      by Gaurav Tyagi    18/2/2018 The USS Blue Ridge is the flagship of the U.S Navy’s 7th fleet, overseeing all American maritime operations in Asia and the Western Pacific. It is the U.S Navy’s second oldest active duty vessel and has survived the Vietnam as well as the Cold war. The Blue Ridge has

  • China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East0

    by James M. Dorsey   RSIS 17/2/2018 China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as well as between Israel and Palestine and even between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It is even more evident in China’s trashing of its vow not to establish foreign military bases,

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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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