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  • Bangladeshi Activist Clarifies Controversial White House Remarks0

    By Pulack Ghatack and Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jul 22, 2019 A woman who made comments during a White House meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump about the plight of religious minorities in Bangladesh has clarified her statements after Dhaka condemned them as “blatant lies.” Priya Biswas Saha’s remarks on July 17 that 37 million

  • The World Is Dedollarizing0

    By Peter Koenig Global Research, July 19, 2019 What if tomorrow nobody but the United States would use the US-dollar? Every country, or society would use their own currency for internal and international trade, their own economy-based, non-fiat currency. It could be traditional currencies or new government controlled crypto-currencies, but a country’s own sovereign money.

  • Asia is both perpetrator and victim of the collapsing nuclear order: Prof R Rajaraman0

    The tacit taboo on the use of nuclear weapons that was in place after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings is undergoing a change with nation-states changing their view on the use of nuclear weapons and embarking on a quest to expand their arsenal, said Dr R Rajaraman, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and

  • Security measures hamper Amaranth Yatra in Kashmir0

    Umar Manzoor Shah, July 21, 2019 In the midst of majestic mountains and emerald streams, Younis Iqbal has been spending days and nights in makeshift tents. He hasn’t visited his home even once in the past 15 days as he is busy taking Hindu pilgrims to a holy cave in Kashmir considered a symbol of Lord

  • India: The Controversy Surrounding Dibang Dam, India’s Largest Hydropower Project0

    The Wire India 22 July 2019 The Wire delves into the specifics of the ambitious multi-purpose project, the purported aim behind it as well as the controversy that has been associated with it. New Delhi: On July 18, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave the go-ahead to

  • Floods put over 4 million people at risk in Bangladesh0

    Torrential rains in the northern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh have put more than 4 million people at risk of food insecurity and disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said Jul 20, 2019               DHAKA: Torrential rains in the northern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh have put more than

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  • How Bangladesh Is Benefiting From the China-India Rivalry0

    Conventional wisdom says great power rivalry makes smaller neighbors vulnerable. As recently echoed by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, “When elephants fight, the grass suffers, but when they make love, the grass suffers also.” However, this conventional wisdom seems flawed in the case of the China-India rivalry for regional influence in Bangladesh. Instead of

  • Gambling with the Nuclear Button in South Asia0

    by M Waqas Jan 15 July 2019 Over the last decade, India’s rapid expansion of its conventional and nuclear arms capabilities have presented a worrying dilemma concerning the South Asian region’s security and stability. This holds especially true considering how its clear ambitions to translate its economic rise into a menacing projection of hard-power have

  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game0

    “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

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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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