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  • Turkish President Erdogan’s India visit!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Turkey, the only Muslim European power, is an important NATO member and a close ally of USA. Turkey-US relations bloomed and blossomed thanks to what the Americans perceived as a permanent Russian threat to the world on ideological grounds. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited India on an official two-day trip from

  • Policing For Powers – the recruitment of Tamils in the nation’s police force0

    N Sathiya Moorthy The Government’s decision to increase and improve the recruitment of Tamils in the nation’s police force should be welcome, especially by all those that have only complaints in the matter and those of the kind. It would still be worthwhile to see or find out as to what the Tamils want to

  • Rising Iranian-Pakistani tensions render Pakistani policy unsustainable4

    By James M. Dorsey An Iranian warning that it may attack militant bases in the troubled province of Balochistan threatens to bring Pakistan’s house of cards crashing down. Pakistan’s tenuous house is built on a torturous effort to balance relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran amid rising tension between the two regional rivals, prevent Pakistan

  • The French people don’t know the dangers of autocratic populism: a view from Pakistan0

    Altaf Khan, University of Peshawar Following in the footsteps of the United States, the French are looking to “terrible simplifications” to solve their problems as they head to the second round of their presidential election on May 7. Polls predict that Marine Le Pen, candidate of the far-right National Front party could take 38% of

  • A Rare, Pristine Estuary Comes Under Threat in Karnataka0

    By Alphonsa Jojan The construction of a multi-purpose estuarine port in the Aghanashini – one Karnataka’s last free-flowing rivers – will result in damage to the ecosystem and the loss of traditional livelihoods. The Aghanashini river. Credit: Manjunath Bhat/Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Tadadi, Karnataka: When the tides are low at the mouth of the Aghanashini river, women

  • Toba Tek Singh – Keeping a Legacy of Communal Harmony Alive0

    By Devika Mittal Toba Tek Singh, a town in Pakistan’s Punjab, witnessed terrible violence during Partition. However, locals have since tried to preserve an older, more syncretic legacy. The railway station at Toba Tek Singh. Credit: Umair Ahmad We in India know of Toba Tek Singh through the legendary storyteller Saadat Hassan Manto. ‘Toba Tek

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  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game

    “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the

  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Fear of Fall is The Issue

    “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.

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