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  • Humanitarian Ties: Why Shahidul Alam Admired Pak Philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi0

    Edhi, who built a nationwide network of humanitarian centres in Pakistan, occupies a prominent place in the Bangladeshi photographer’s moral imagination. Shahidul Alam reviews a portfolio in 2014. Credit: Facebook Yasmin Jaffri 22 August 2018 Alam drawing attention to his incarceration since August 5 may perhaps be forgiven for invoking the menace of the hegemonies he

  • ‘Since When Did a City of Only Dead Bodies Celebrate Eid?’0

    There was commotion on the road, local mosques were empty and shops overcrowded with people stocking up on essentials. The only thing missing that would make the day of a recent Shopian encounter look like Eid were firecrackers. And soon, tear gas shelling and pellet gun sounds compensated for that. Credit: Reuters Rouf Fida The darkness

  • Hindus object to Eid animal slaughter in India0

      Government urged to take action against Muslims killing animals to celebrate festival Pakistani men handle a camel at an animal market in Karachi on Aug. 15. Muslims around the world will mark Eid al-Adha by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels but Hindus in India are opposed to such slaughter. (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah,

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  • Bangladesh’s Quota System Needs to Go0

    By Habib Siddiqui      20 July 2018 During the British rule of India, a famous politician in the undivided Bengal province once said, ‘The politics of Bengal is, in reality, the economics of Bengal.’ Looking at Bangladesh’s history since 1947 when she was named East Pakistan, and esp. since 1971 when she became an

  • Sri Lanka: Leviathan in an Island Democracy0

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera      19/7/2018   “Mankind has a perpetual and restless desire for power, a desire that ceases only in death” Thomas Hobbes   India is concerned by growing Chinese influence in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Some of this concern stems from a housing project recently awarded by the Sri

  • A double-edged sword: China and Pakistan link up with fibreoptic cable0

    By James M. Dorsey      19/7/2018 This month’s inauguration of a fibreoptic cable linking Pakistan with China could prove to be a double-edged sword. Constructed by Chinese conglomerate Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, the cable is likely to enhance both Pakistan’s information communication technology infrastructure as well as the influence of Chinese authoritarianism at a

  • Whither Wahhabism? 0

    July 18, 2018 James M. Dorsey   Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman could well dash expectations that he is gunning for a break with Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism rather than a shaving off of the rough edges of Wahhabi ideology that has been woven into the kingdom’s fabric since its founding more than eighty years ago.

  • Russian Hackers: The shadowy world of US and Gulf hacks just got murkier0

      By James M. Dorsey        17 July 2018 The covert Qatar-United Arab Emirates cyberwar that helped spark the 13-month-old Gulf crisis that pits a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led alliance against Qatar may have just gotten murkier with the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Mueller’s indictment

  • Unconventional Bollywood: Constructing Cinema of Caste Pride0

    By Rakesh Kumar Patel   14/7/2018   Abstract Bollywood is largest film industry of the world. Institution of caste prevails in Bollywood similarly as in Indian society. From initiation in 1913 till date Bollywood has a rich history of producing films on various issues. Caste is a unique institution of Indian subcontinent which has now become

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