• Book review: China’s Change: The Greatest Show on Earth0

    Hugh Peyman World Scientific 2018 978-981-3231-99-3 A review by Humphrey Hawksley LONDON: Hugh Peyman makes a timely argument about how other countries could learn from the rise of China in his book China’s Change: The Greatest Show on Earth. To absorb the argument fully, however, readers must shelve one premise that has long been part of

  • Sheikh Hasina: A Portrait of Power0

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    • November 29, 2018

    BenarNews staff Washington 2018-11-29 Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrives at Buckingham Palace in London, April 19, 2018. AP As Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina aims to secure a fourth term in upcoming general elections, cinemas across Bangladesh are running a soft-touch biopic of her life, depicting her rise from martyr’s daughter to “mother of humanity.”

  • US airstrikes kill at least 30 civilians in Afghanistan0

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    • November 29, 2018

    By Oscar Grenfell 29 November 2018 Local officials and residents have confirmed that US airstrikes on Tuesday night killed at least 30 civilians in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. These tragic deaths are the latest war crime in the 17-year US-NATO occupation, aimed at subjugating the geo-strategically critical nation to the dictates of the US and


  • Nuclear energy; Saudi Arabia’s coming Washington battle0

      By James M. Dorsey   26 November 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. When Saudi General Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz went shopping in the late 1980s for Chinese medium-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear, chemical or biological warheads he made no bones about keeping

  • China reaching deeper and deeper into Nepal0

    A planned Himalayan railway connecting China to Nepal will give the landlocked latter nation a vital new trade route but also stir security concerns in neighboring India By Bertil Lintner New Delhi, November 26, 2018 Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli (R) reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great

  • Chinese consulate attack puts Pakistan between a rock and a hard place0 By James M. Dorsey    23 November 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Two attacks in Pakistan, including a brazen assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, are likely to complicate prime minister Imran Khan’s efforts to renegotiate China’s massive, controversial Belt and Road investments

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