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  • India’s Lower House Passes Controversial Citizenship Bill0

    By Jaishree Balasubramanian and Jhumur Deb on Jan 08, 2019 03:20 pm India’s lower house of parliament passed a controversial bill Tuesday that would grant citizenship to Hindus and other non-Muslims facing faith-based persecution in Bangladesh and other Islamic majority neighboring countries. The passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill ignited protests in northeastern India by

  • Taliban Calls Off Peace Talks In Qatar With U.S. Officials0

    January 08, 2019 By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan KABUL — Afghan Taliban representatives say they have called off two days of peace talks with U.S. officials in Qatar, just hours after they had announced the talks would take place without any delegates from Afghanistan’s government. A Taliban representative in Afghanistan had told Reuters early on

  • A new era dawns for Pakistan-Turkey relations0

    A new era dawns for Pakistan-Turkey relations – Asia Times Two strong leaders met to reaffirm the century-old friendship between their brotherly nations in Ankara on  January 4. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is a brave, honest and visionary leader who has deep feelings about the oppression of the global Muslim community, or ummah. In his

  • India: Thousands protest controversial citizenship bill in India’s Assam0

     AFP January 07, 2019 Thousands in northeastern India protested on Monday against a proposal to grant citizenship to religious minorities in the region, except Muslims, with critics attacking the bill as prejudiced and a sop to Hindus before elections. Protesters burned copies of the legislation in angry marches across Assam state, where millions have settled in

  • Rahul Gandhi-Defense Minister spat over Rafale fighter and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. continues0

    by EditorJanuary 7, 2019 New Delhi, January 7 (NDTV): The spat between Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman continued on Monday with Sitharaman saying that the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, has orders for Rs. one million million or Rs. One trillion, and Rahul saying that the actual orders were only for Rs.

  • UN: Bangladesh Mired in Election Violence and Repression0

    January 05, 2019 Lisa Schlein The U.N. human rights office is calling on Bangladeshi authorities to clamp down on party sympathizers allegedly behind violent, deadly attacks against political opponents protesting the results of the country’s recent parliamentary elections. The U.N. agency expresses deep concern about the violent crackdown against members of Bangladesh’s political opposition before,

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  • Iran: Hawkish Trump0

    Mr. Trump has gathered the hawkish cohort of advisors led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the national security adviser, John R. Bolton to smoothen the internal resistance in his administration on the face of unreasonable policies. One of them appears in the form of US withdrawal from Iran Nuclear deal. Joint Comprehensive Plan

  • United States: Peace Broker or War Monger?0

        by Shabbir Kazmi     16 September 2018 On Friday, 14th September 2018 I was among the audience who were invited by Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi to a talk led by Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President, Asia Centre, United States Ins­t­itute of Peace. The other two worthy speakers were former Defence

  • China struggles with Belt and Road pushback0

        By James M. Dorsey      15 September 2018 China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. “It’s normal and understandable that development focus can change at

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