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  • What the Battle for Hodeidah Means for Yemen and the Region0

    by Michael Horton*    10 August 2018 On June 13, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in conjunction with their Yemeni allies, launched “Operation Golden Victory.” The grandiosely named offensive is aimed at seizing the Yemeni Red Sea port of Hodeidah, which has been occupied by Yemen’s Houthi rebels since

  • Bangladesh: The rise and silencing of a mass student movement0

    How did the protests begin? What made it expand in such a short time? And finally, why did it die out? The following is a day-to-day breakdown of the protests created solely based on reports published in The Daily Star from July 29 to August 7. August 10, 2018 Timeline Day 1 July 29: A

  • Bangladesh: Students Started an Enduring Movement Even as Street Protests End0

    By Pulack Ghatack, Kamran Reza Chowdhury and Sharif Khiam on Aug 08, 2018  Students in Bangladesh who held mass protests to highlight the long-standing problem of road safety may have sowed the seeds for a vibrant reform movement that could challenge the authoritarian government accused of rampant corruption and blatant rights abuses, activists and analysts

  • Bangladesh Court Frees Briton Hasnat Karim after 2 Years in Prison0

      By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 09, 2018 BenarNews English  Having spent more than two years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Hasnat Karim walked out of prison Thursday after a court cleared him of involvement in the 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery café attack that killed 29 people. Karim’s wife, Sharmina Parveen,

  • Academics, writers, artists urge Bangladesh #FreeShahidulAlam0

      We, academics, journalists, artists, writers, and photographers at various universities and media institutions strongly condemn the detention and torture of our colleague the photojournalist and activist Shahidul Alam in Dhaka and urge the Bangladesh authorities to release him immediately. Some two dozen plainclothes policemen picked up Alam, 63, from his home on the night

  • Historian Audrey Truschke’s Lecture Cancelled After Right-Wing Pressure0

    Titled “Unpopular Stories: Narrating the Indo-Islamic Past and Navigating Present-day Prejudices”, the talk was scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on August 11. Audrey Truschke. Credit: Twitter The Wire Staff New Delhi: In yet another attack on freedom of expression in India, right-wing groups have prevented American historian Audrey Truschke from delivering a scheduled lecture

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  • Malaysia type political ‘earthquake’ awaits for Bangladesh0

    by M A Hossain       25/6/2018 As per the advice of the policymakers of Delhi’s south block, the current autocratic and corruption-plagued government in Bangladesh are determined in holding another fraudulent election with the active collaboration of its loyalist election commission, law enforcing and security agencies as well as some of the opportunist senior

  • INDIAN GOVERNMENT’S HARD AND INEVITABLE DECISION ON KASHMIR0

    by N.S. Venkataraman         25/6/2018 The unrest and terrorist acts in Kashmir have been continuing for several years now. It appears that those, who want to split Kashmir from India by waging violent war with the tacit support of international terrorist outfits, have now become more bold and determined. No country in the

  • Nuclear Deterrence and Action-Reaction Paradigm in the Indian Ocean0

    By: Ahyousha Khan        25/6/2018 South Asian security architecture is complex and comprises traditional and non-traditional threats. However, conventional security threats which are of strategic nature hold the center stage within the overall regional security and threat matrix. The destructive power of nuclear weapons gives them the psychological edge over the enemy, and

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