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  • Arakan Army steps up Myanmar’s forgotten conflict0

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    • February 11, 2019

    With the world’s eyes on the Rohingya crisis, Buddhists in Rakhine State aim to win sovereignty by force A Mro ethnic women with her child takes refuge at a Buddhist pagoda in Buthidaung township in Rakhine State on Jan. 25 after being displaced by fighting between the Arakan Army and Myanmar government troops. (Photo by Richard Sargent/AFP) Tibor

  • Myanmar takes over Naga camps near Indian border0

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    • February 11, 2019

    The Naga rebels in Myanmar have been in a state of flux since the death of leader Khaplang, in red tie, in June 2017. Photo: Alchetron Naypyidaw and Delhi hope peaceful takeover and return home of Indian Nagas will bring stability By Angshuman Choudhury 11 February 2019 The Myanmar Army has taken control of the

  • How Maqbool Butt Passed on the Baton of Militancy in Kashmir0

    An excerpt from the book ‘The Story of Kashmir’ by David Devadas. Maqbool Butt of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. Credit: Unknown Illustration: The Wire David Devadas’s book, The Story of Kashmir, is a comprehensive history of the geopolitics, politics, and the social and cultural changes in Kashmir since 1930. It gives a blow-by-blow account

  • Bangladesh Opposition Leader Zia in Prison a Year0

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    • February 9, 2019

    Human Rights Watch 8 February 2019 Investigate 2018 Election Abuses One year ago, Khaleda Zia, the leader of Bangladesh’s main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was sent to prison. Zia was convicted ahead of the December 2018 elections when the courts acted on longstanding cases against her. While Human Rights Watch takes no

  • India: 7 Muslims Get Life Behind Bars for Deaths of 2 Hindu Boys0

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    • February 9, 2019

    By Rohit Wadhwaney on Feb 08, 2019 05:07 pm An Indian court sentenced seven Muslim men to life in prison on Friday for killing two members of the Hindu community over a motorcycle accident, sparking large-scale riots that claimed dozens of lives in north India’s Uttar Pradesh state almost six years ago. The Muzaffarnagar district sessions court handed

  • Bangladesh: How safe is the current Awami League government?0

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    • February 9, 2019

    Why hold a free and fair election which you risk losing, when you can rig it to ensure certain victory, and get away with it?  This was clearly in the mind of the Awami League in Bangladesh which three weeks ago won 293 of the 300 parliamentary seats in what must be the country’s most

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  • Rohingya Cultural Anthropology0

    By Dr. Shwe Lu Maung (The author’s note: The account given here is a very short summary of the facts drawn from my published books. Deeper and broader presentations and discussions can be found in my books). Myanmar, with her rich cultural and natural resources, has every potential to be a world leader that everybody

  • India-Pakistan and Nuclear Deterrence equation in Region0

    by Asma Khalid Introduction of Nuclear weapon has transformed the global politics as well as the military power in an expensive way. The primary purpose of acquiring a nuclear weapon is to prevent wars among nuclear-capable adversaries through maintaining deterrence stability. The concept which has dominated the global politics is that war is not a

  • Boosting India-Japan Strategic Ties and its Implications0

    by Maimuna Ashraf Over the past few years, India made significant efforts to access larger nuclear sources and signed several strategic deals with states from the elite nuclear club and other developing states. In this ambit, recently the significant India-Japan civil nuclear agreement in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy came into force on July

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  • Myanmar: Is it time for the West to Engage The United Wa State Army?

    Many regional observers suggest that China directs a well-trained, motivated, disciplined proxy army of 30,000 soldiers controlling territory with major cities; agriculture, mining, and industry. At one time this group was considered to be the number one producer of heroin in the world. They now appear to be a global leader in the manufacture Amphetamine

  •  The Rising Scourge of Linguistic corruption in Bangladesh

    By Dr Obaidul Hamid     16 September 2020 In Bangladesh, corruption meaning deliberate financial misuse and misappropriation needs no new debate. For several years in a row, Transparency International has consistently ranked Bangladesh as one among 10 most corrupt countries in the world. What about linguistic corruption? Not many in Bangladesh are aware of the

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