• Kashmir: Islamic Groups Reject India’s Ceasefire0

     May 24, 2018 UCAN   By UCAN By Umar Manzoor Shah Islamic militants and separatist groups working to free the Kashmir region from India have turned down a federal offer of a ceasefire during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The United Jihad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant groups leading an armed struggle against India’s military, on

  • Is Pakistan Army Chief’s Offer For Talks Serious?0

       May 24, 2018 Observer Research Foundation     By Harsh Kakkar Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, had recently stated, during the passing out parade at the Pakistan Military Academy, that “it is our sincere belief that the route to peaceful resolution of Indo-Pak disputes, including the core issues of Kashmir, can be found through

  • Bangladesh’s Escalated Anti-Drug Campaign Draws Fire from Rights Activists, Opposition0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka 2018-05-23 Police in Barisal, Bangladesh, present suspected drug dealers who were arrested as part of an intensified nationwide crackdown against illegal drugs, May 23, 2018. BenarNews Bangladeshi rights activists and opposition politicians are criticizing as heavy handed this month’s intensified nationwide anti-drug crackdown in which, police agencies say, officers gunned down

  • At Kumaraswamy’s Swearing-In, Political Rivalries Set Aside For Fight Against BJP0

    With party equations and alliances yet to be ironed out for the 2019 general election, the coming together of anti-BJP leaders at Kumaraswamy’s swearing-in will likely kickstart the battle to counter BJP nationally. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, BSP’s Mayawati, SP’s Akhilesh Yadav, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

  • Electoral Tsunami for Malaysia0

    Malaysians recover from the election shock, ending UMNO’s 60 years of power, and prepare for tougher job: ending corruption Philip Bowring Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Tsunami treasure: An electoral upset put the 92-year-old former Premier Mahathir Mohamad back in power; police haul away cartons of jewelry and other luxury items from defeated Prime Minister Najib

  • Managing Change in Myanmar: Policymaking after Dictatorship0

    May 23, 2018 By Matthew Arnold As Myanmar’s fitful democratic transition moves forward, many observers are torn between early, high hopes for the end of military rule and a growing pessimism about wider democratic, economic, and social reforms. In the international community, much of this pessimism is a result of the dire and well-publicized situation in


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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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