• Sri Lanka failing on human rights0

    THURSDAY 02 AUG 2018 | SYDNEY BY   Taylor Dibbert* Sri Lanka’s ethnic tensions remain predictably grim nearly a decade since the end of the country’s brutal 26-year civil war. The Special Rapporteur’s report is another reminder that Sri Lanka’s coalition government has performed terribly. A new report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion

  • Indian Politics Hits an Aggressive Note as Back and Forth Over NRC Continues0

    Even as Amit Shah taunted the Congress by saying the “NDA did what the UPA could not”, Mamata Banerjee launched a fierce attack on the BJP for its “divide and rule” politics. Credit: PTI Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta     1 August 2018 New Delhi: The national capital witnessed an intense political battle over the National Register

  • Indian Muslims fear for lives as lynchings continue0

      As vigilantes roam villages with impunity to protect holy cows, mob justice has become a worrying trend An Indian man feeds a cow with bread in New Delhi on May 15. As the cow remains a revered animal for millions of Hindus, a ban on cow slaughter and the beef trade exists in most states.

  • Cover-up claim over Myanmar’s new Rohingya abuse probe0

      Human Rights Watch says government is trying to divert attention from UN mission Rohingya refugees gather near a fence in “no man’s land” between Myanmar and Bangladesh as seen from Maungdaw, Rakhine State, on June 29. More than 700,000 Rohingya fled an army crackdown in August 2017 that the U.S. and U.N. have called ethnic cleansing. (Photo

  • Iran and America: A forgotten friendship0

    Students at the American Memorial School, Tabriz, 1923. Daniel Thomas Potts, New York University As President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against Iran heats up again, it is worth recalling a time when the two countries had a distinctly different relationship. That time began in the 1800s, as American missionaries journeyed to what was then called

  • India: 4 Million Left Off Assam Citizens List0

    Jhumur Deb Guwahati, India  2018-07-30 Men line up in Bur Gaon village, India, to see if their names are listed on the National Register of Citizens, July 30, 2018. AP More than 4 million people were excluded from a list released Monday of citizens in northeastern Assam state as the government seeks to identify and deport Bangladeshi


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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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