• Gunfights” in Bangladesh0

    Gunfights” in Bangladesh Members of Rapid Action Battalion, RAB, in Dhaka, Bangladesh BY    Syed Badrul Ahsan*    13 June 2018 In the past three weeks, no fewer than 130 people have died in what Bangladesh’s security forces have described as “gunfights”. The police and other forces, such as the Rapid Action Battalion, used this term to

  • In Assam, a Myth, WhatsApp and Lack of Faith in Justice System Have Fuelled Lynchings0

    by Shaheen Ahmed    13/6/2018 The recent brutal killing of two young men after suspicions that they were child-lifters did not happen in a vacuum, and scholars argue that the state must put in place strong anti-lynching legislation to avoid such violence. A protest rally against the lynching two men in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong

  • India’s top Muslim cleric wants govt to change its ways0

    PM Modi’s party seeks to mend fences with the Islamic community ahead of national elections next May Indian Muslims leave after attending prayers on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid in the old quarters of New Delhi on June 8. The pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national government


  • Mukherjee’s Speech at the RSS Event0

    By Habib Siddiqui   11/6/2018 Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the closing ceremony of the ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event, on June 7 in Nagpur, India to mark the conclusion of a three-year training camp for swayamsevaks there. Mr. Mukherjee’s decision to address thousands of RSS volunteers has been a very controversial

  • Sri Lanka: For the ‘minority’, not of the ‘minorities’?0

    Sathiya Moorthy, 11 June 2018 It is the irony of Sri Lankan times that the 225-member Parliament will now have a Deputy Speaker with only 97 members voting him into position. There were 53 MPs who voted against the winner. The second highest of numbers was those who ‘abstained’, a total of 74, leaving out Speaker

  • Parallels between Turkish soccer and general elections could prove uncanny0

    By James M. Dorsey      11/6/2018 With electoral upsets having become the norm, the latest upheaval that last week swept aside the long-standing president of Fenerbahce SC, the political crown jewel of Turkish soccer, has taken on added significance with Turkey heading into crucial snap presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24. The parallels

  • Saudi effort to isolate Iran internationally produces results0

    By James M. Dorsey    8/6/2018 Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that it was breaking off diplomatic relations with the

  • Citizenship Amendment Bill and the people of Assam0

    by Suhail Mohammed    7/6/2018 Most recently, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been the talk of every nook and corner of the state with people from all walks of life joining the bandwagon and raising voices against the ill-fated bill. The state has witnessed severe protest over the past few weeks and protesting slogans even

  • Afghanistan: The Heart of Silk Road in Asia 0

    Image Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani hosted the Silk Road Mayors Forum in Kabul. By M. Ashraf Haidari   Reviving and building connectivity across the Eurasian landmass based on the commercial networks of the ancient Silk Road underpins one of the key economic goals of the Asian continent. Asian nations will

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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