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  • Kandahar Assassinations Show Rising Taliban Strength in Afghanistan0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Afghan General Abdul Raziq (C), police chief of Kandahar, poses for a picture during a graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Kandahar province on 19 February, 2017. JAWED TANVEER / AFP 19 OCTOBER 2018 The Taliban have claimed the assassination of an influential Afghan police chief and another official in an attack that narrowly

  • Not Only Khashoggi: License to kill0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Not Only Khashoggi License to Kill Larry Diamond      18 October 2018 We must make it clear, not only to the Saudi monarchy but to all the world’s dictators, that they cannot murder their opponents with impunity. “You can’t betray [us] and not get punished for it.  Anyone, even those still alive, will reap

  • India’s Skillful Posturing With the US0

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    • October 19, 2018

    Relations between the United States and India have gradually improved, but the world’s largest democracy has an independent streak as seen in two recent cases: First, India signed a multibillion deal to purchase a Russian air-defense missile system thereby risking sanctions approved by the US Congress in 2017. Second, the United States withdrew from the

  • India: why collecting water turns millions of women into second-class citizens0

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    • October 19, 2018

    The reality for many women in India. Shutterstock Gayathri D Naik, SOAS, University of London A family in India needs fresh water. But this family can’t just turn on a tap. Instead, the women in the household must walk to fetch it, sometimes travelling miles carrying plastic or earthenware pots, possibly with a child or

  • Trade Threats and Responses0

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    • October 19, 2018

      By Evan Rogerson     19 October 2018 Synopsis As the clouds of trade war continue to gather, the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at RSIS is convening on 24-25 October 2018 a high-level informal meeting among officials, the private sector and academics from around the Asia-Pacific region to discuss the threat and what can be

  • Sri Lankans flock to St. Vaz relic0

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    • October 19, 2018

      The missionary braved a smallpox epidemic in the 17th century to help save Catholicism from a Calvinistic Dutch purge Catholics gather at a church to pay their respects to a relic of St. Joseph Vaz. (ucanews.com photo) ucanews.com reporter, Negombo Sri Lanka October 19, 2018 Ayoma Mary Fernando recently prayed in front of the

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh

    by Sayeed Al-Zaman 15 February 2020 How to convince people? Thousands of ways might be there but with a single instrument, that is language. Pursuing others using speech was thought be an art in the Classical Greece: they named it “rhetoric”. Yet, some thinkers like Plato, who was discontented with rhetoric and designated it as

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