• Chinese state incites Tibetans to report on others0

    Fear and unease spread through Tibet over concern the campaign will lead to a crackdown on dissidents This picture taken on March 1 shows Tibetan Buddhist monks awaiting a prayer for Monlam, the Tibetan New Year, at the Rongwo Monastery, in Tongren County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP)

  • Trade and inter-dependency can bring peace to South Asia0

    The most potent problems confronting South Asia are terrorism and poverty, which can only be resolved through collective cooperation or through an effective regional organization, writes Majidullah Rasooli for South Asia Monitor. May 18, 2018 By Majidullah Rasooli India has played a significant role in the reconstruction and development of the post-Taliban era in Afghanistan

  • Sri Lankan monks back president’s extra powers0

    Lines drawn as activists vow to abolish emergency powers but opponents fear it will embolden separatists The late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera holds a microphone at a demonstration in Colombo, Sri Lanka in this 2015 file photo. The mass demonstrations persuaded parliament to pass the 19th Amendment to the constitution, which would curtail the president’s executive powers. (Photo by Quintus Colombage/

  • Are dictators on the way out – or on the way up?0

    Natasha Ezrow, University of Essex      14/5/2018 All around the world, democracy is looking shaky. While consolidated democracies are struggling to stay healthy, many flawed ones have turned into outright authoritarian regimes – most notably Russia under Vladimir Putin and Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But the news isn’t all bad: on several continents

  • The Karnataka Verdict has Given BJP a Clearer Plank for 20190

    The BJP has re-opened its southern gateway by mobilising a latent Hindu vote coupled with PM Modi’s personal campaign that still attracts people, a framework that the party will follow in the Lok Sabha polls. Reverse polarisation worked to BJP’s advantage in 23 high Muslim seats in the southern state. Credit: Reuters Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay 16/May/2018

  • Bangladesh’s 560 mosques project comes under fire0

    Religious minorities accuse government of deliberate attempt to win votes ahead of national elections A centuries-old mosque is seen here in village in Bangladesh’s northern Thakurgaon district in this May 15, 2014 file photo. Bangladesh’s government is moving ahead with a project to build 560 ‘model mosques’ across the country partly funded by Saudi Arabia,


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