• Bangladesh’s economic gains marred by plunge into autocratic rule0

    Rights groups say Sheikh Hasina’s party used law enforcement agencies to destroy opposition parties through arbitrary arrests, attacks and extrajudicial killings prior to Sunday’s poll By Nazmul ISLAM Bangladesh, January 2, 2019 5:04 PM Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference in Dhaka on December 31, 2018. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee / AFP Ever

  • Lessons from Bangladesh elections for South Asia0

    By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express 1 January 2019 Colombo, December 31 (Daily Express): The results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Bangladesh and those of the recent State Assembly elections in India show very clearly, that economic issues play a decisive role in shaping peoples’ electoral choice. If the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got defeated in the

  • Bangladesh: After Poll Drubbing, Opposition Refuses to Sit in Parliament0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka, 2018-12-31  Benar News Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina smiles while speaking at a press conference in Dhaka after the ruling coalition scored a landslide victory in the nation’s 11th general election, Dec. 31, 2018. AFP  Bangladesh’s main opposition alliance declared Monday that its victorious candidates would not take the oath as

  • Why China’s Belt And Road Is Off Track0

    December 31, 2018 by the Foreign Policy Research Institute By Scott Moore* (FPRI) — Xinjiang, in northwest China, seems in many ways like the far edge of the modern world. Spanning a vast desert ringed by high mountains, the region was remote enough to have been chosen as the site of China’s nuclear testing in

  • The Pakistani government’s uphill corruption battle0

    By Zamir Awan December 31, 2018 In general, corruption is a form of dishonesty or criminal activity undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire illicit benefits. Corruption may include many activities, including bribery and embezzlement, though it may also involve practices that are legal in many countries.

  • CIA oversees grisly war crimes in Afghanistan0

    Report sheds light on US intelligence agency-backed forces operating with no rules of engagement By Asia Times staff January 1, 2019 As debate in the US regarding the never-ending mission in Afghanistan is revived with calls from US President Donald Trump to draw down troop numbers, a horrifying view into US-backed operations there was printed


  • Criticism of Saudi leadership seeps through cracks as report questions kingdom’s utility for Britain0

      By James M. Dorsey       5 September 2018 Signs of opposition to policies of Saudi King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and potentially increased domestic polarization have in the past week spilled on to the streets of London while a just released report questioned the economic and political benefits

  • India, Pakistan and the Kashmir Puzzle0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra    nnn4 September 2018 Following Islamabad’s diplomatic success at the UN when the 49-page report published in June 2018 by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – which covered a short period between July 2016 and April 2018 – took a more critical view of the

  • Corrupting the election system, even more…0

    N Sathiya Moorthy         4 September 2018 Independent of President Maithiripala Sirisena’s tall claims to the contrary, the electoral system in the State has not become corruption-free after the present Government has taken over. If anything, under the care of the incumbent Government even the conduct of promised and/or constitutionally-mandated themselves have become problematic

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