• China’s Rising Profile in South Asia 20180

    • Blog
    • February 16, 2018

    A commentary by Dan Southerland    2018-02-15 A map showing the location of the Maldives islands in the Indian ocean. RFA China has expanded its presence in the Indian Ocean, causing India to respond with a military build-up and far-reaching diplomatic contacts with potential allies. During and after the time that Indian troops ended a more

  • Uyghur Muslim Scholar Dies in Chinese Police Custody0

    • Blog
    • February 16, 2018

    2018-01-29 Uyghur scholar Muhammad Salih Hajim, 82, in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of an RFA listener A prominent Uyghur Islamic scholar has died in Chinese police custody, some 40 days after he was detained in the Xinjiang regional capital Urumqi, overseas Uyghur organizations said on Monday. Muhammad Salih Hajim, 82, died “in custody,” about

  • Rohingya repatriation – A trick Dhaka fell for0

    • Blog
    • February 16, 2018

    Rohingya repatriation delayed as the govt agrees to Naypyidaw’s demand for Family-wise list; Myanmar still blames it on Bangladesh Porimol Palma   16/2/2018 The repatriation of Rohingyas was supposed to begin last month as per an agreement signed by Bangladesh and Myanmar, but a pre-condition set at the eleventh hour held up the process. A bilateral


  • Eleven Journalists Killed, 46 Attacked, 27 Cases of Police Action: Report on Press Freedom 20170

    By The Wire Staff on 20/01/2018 From Gauri Lankesh’s murder to defamation suits, attacks on the media have become commonplace. Credit: Karnika Kohli/The Wire New Delhi: The ‘India Freedom Report: Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in 2017’ by The Hoot confirms with data what an alarming year 2017 was for journalists, including photographers and stringers,

  • Gulf crisis turns Qatar into the ‘region’s Israel’0

    By James M. Dorsey Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf states.” Known for his hard-line pro-Israel views, Mr. Dershowitz drew his conclusion following an all-expenses paid trip to the Gulf state. Mr. Dershowitz argued that Qatar like Israel was “surrounded

  • Society, Rights and Tradition0

    by Aishwarya Chaturvedi      19/1/2018 The idea of a society which we confront is not something given by nature but instead that which was crafted by human beings in the past and that which is constantly being made and remade by them in the present. Neither in respect of individuals nor in respect of society,

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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