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  • Bangladesh: As protests subside, authorities are using onerous digital laws to target demonstrators0

    ‘None will be spared’: students fear reprisals over Bangladesh unrest Michael Safi and Shaikh Azizur Rahman Fri 10 Aug 2018 Demonstrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, started as a demand for better road safety and spiralled into a larger expression of frustration against corruption and the government. Photograph: Monirul Alam/EPA The list began spreading from phone to phone on

  • Who are the Sikhs and what are their beliefs?0

    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. AP Photo/Julio Cortez Simran Jeet Singh, New York University New Jersey’s first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Singh Grewal, was a target of disparaging remarks recently. Two radio hosts commented on Grewal’s Sikh identity and repeatedly referred to him as “turban man.” When called out on the offensiveness of their

  • ‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear0

      ‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear Uighur men at a teahouse in Kashgar in July 2017. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Gene A Bunin has spent the past 18 months talking to Uighur restaurant workers all over China. These conversations reveal how this Muslim minority feel the daily threat

  • Bangladesh: NEW GENERATION WANTS JUSTICE0

    Spectacular student resurgence strikes at the core Shahid Islam THEY don’t have a playground to be playful; a quaint park to be dreamy in wandering; any friendly parents and teachers to walk them through the spectacles of a universe that is otherwise divine and dazzling.  Amidst ugly stares of death stalking their lives on way

  • Rising sea swamps island along Bengal coast0

    Joydeep Gupta, Monday January 15th, 2018 Around 1.5 million people will be displaced in the Sundarbans, and the process has started Standing atop an 18-foot embankment, Badruddin Sarkar pointed to his previous home, engulfed by a rising sea (top). That was in 2009. In December 2017, Abdul Hanan showed the saline wasteland left behind (bottom)

  • Bangladesh: The disappearing wetlands of Dhaka0

    Uncontrolled and unplanned growth has meant that more than 75% of Dhaka’s wetlands have disappeared since 1967, leaving a hotter, far more miserable, city As Dhaka expands, wetlands are illegally taken over in its suburbs [image by: Sheikh Enam] Pinaki Roy, Tuesday March 13th, 2018 Shaheen Mollah recalls that, when he was a child, goods-carrying

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  • Sri Lanka: ‘Transactional approach’ to India relations persists, still0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  8 August 2018   The off-again-on-again buoyancy in the bilateral relations with the Indian neighbour notwithstanding, Sri Lanka’s approach in this regard has ab initio been stymied by successive governments’  ‘transactional attitude’, which makes for mistrust rather than and confidence-building. While Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans can go back in contemporary history to argue how

  • Pakistan-Iran relations: India factor0

    www.pakistantoday.com.pk by Venita Christopher      8 August 2018 Pakistan and Iran’s relationship has been evolving. The relationship between the two states deteriorated after the Iranian revolution, the ties improved when the two countries signed the Free Trade Agreement in 1999. Today, both states have come together to bring stability in Afghanistan and to overcome

  • India’s Probable Move toward Space Weaponization0

    Credit: India Defence update By: Ahyousha Khan      8 August 2018 The term Space Weaponization tends to raise the alarm as it implies deployment of weapons in the outer space or on heavenly bodies like Sun and Moon or sending weaponry from earth to the outer space to destroy satellite capabilities of other states.

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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