• ICJ ruling shows Rohingya crisis rights and wrongs0

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    • January 24, 2020

    Landmark initial ruling against Myanmar also raises doubts about UN impartiality and credibility By Bertil Lintner, Chiang Mai 24 January 2020 Given the persistent global publicity and intense lobbying on behalf of persecuted Rohingya refugees, a provisional decision handed down on January 23 against Myanmar by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague

  • After 70 years I realized that I can not stay in India as a Muslim: Naseeruddin Shah0

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    • January 23, 2020

    January 21, 2020 69-year-old Bollywood legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah has expressed disappointment over the current situation in India, saying that after 70 years he has started to realize that he cannot stay in India as a ‘Muslim’. The award-winning actor, for the first time, broke the silence over the controversial citizenship law created by the Indian

  • Beijing-backed Pakistan port opens as hub for Afghanistan trade0

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    • January 23, 2020

    Gwadar challenges Indian interests in region, but China’s ROI remains unclear Nikkei Asian Review ADNAN AAMIR, Contributing writer January 23, 2020 KARACHI — Gwadar port in southern Pakistan recently began handling cargo bound for Afghanistan. While undoubtedly a positive development for the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, experts say the economic sustainability of the Chinese-managed

  • India loses 10 places on world Democracy Index 2019, ranks 51 globally0

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    • January 23, 2020

    Two developments find specific mention in the Democracy Index – the abrogation of Article 370 and the NRC By Furquan Ameen in New Delhi 22 January 2020 India, the largest democracy in the world, fell 10 places on the Democracy Index 2019 to a global rank of 51. We now rank behind countries such as

  • Sino-Russian Ties Imperil Strategic Arms Control0

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    • January 23, 2020

    The last treaty limiting Russian-US nuclear weapons, New START, expires in February. The Trump administration would prefer a comprehensive agreement including more strategic weapons and countries, especially China, explains Richard Weitz, senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation support his

  • Bangladesh now 14th most corrupt country in TI global index0

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    • January 23, 2020

    Staff Correspondent | New Age Jan 23, 2020      Bangladesh has ranked 14th among the most corrupt countries in 2019, according to the worldwide corruption perception index released by the Berlin-based Transparency International. In the year, Bangladesh moved one notch up the global corruption index from 13th in 2018, according to the below order


  • Aerial Fears0

    by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 19 October 2019 “The truth is that this technology really began to take off right at the beginning of my presidency” Barack Obama (Obama speaking on drone strikes to Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic interview, 21 Dec 2016) Following the 4/21 Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s civil aviation authority discovered a

  • Afghanistan-Sri Lanka: Natural Partners in Democracy and Development0

    Despite occasional challenges, Sri Lanka’s democracy is vibrant and resilient, inspiring younger democracies such as Afghanistan.  By M. Ashraf HaidariOctober 10, 2019    The past four decades have hardly been kind to the peace- and freedom-loving people of Afghanistan. But despite the many destructive conflicts imposed on the country, Afghans armed with a steel willpower have persevered

  • Post-UN 74th session: Kashmir is somewhere between abyss and fear0

     by Shamsa Nawaz 18 October 2019 Hailed as a hero for calling out New Delhi’s draconian measures in occupied Kashmir, Imran Khan warned the world of a “bloodbath” once India lifts its lockdown of Jammu and Kashmir. He persuaded global leaders to denounce the brutalities and human rights violations unleashed on Kashmiris ever since the disruption of

  • Why India is Afraid to Mediate Kashmir Conflict?0

    Aijaz Ahmad Turrey 18 October 2019 Kashmir also considered as earthly paradise has been violently disputed by India and Pakistan since their 1947 partition, which created Pakistan as the Muslim counterpart to Hindu-majority India. The conflict over the Himalayan region of Kashmir has gone on for more than 70 years. It also split Kashmir as

  • “We the People Hindus of India…”?0

        — A once-celebrated constitution is now in the danger zone Raju Rajagopal and Sunita Viswanath, Hindus for Human Rights, USA 18 October 2019 Barbara Jordan, the first African-American Congresswoman from the South, wryly reminded us during the Nixon impeachment hearings forty-five years ago that when the makers of our constitution wrote “We the people…”

  • India validates ‘two-nations’ theory0

    B Z Khasru OCTOBER 17, 2019 By pursuing a populist ultra-nationalist agenda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unwittingly validated the much-maligned “two-nations” theory that formed the rationale behind dividing British India to create Pakistan as a Muslim homeland. His policy pits Hindus against Muslims, an unfortunate schism that all of his predecessors fought against. Seven

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  • Indian Navy benefits from Pentagon paranoia over China

    US government in a hurry to get new sub-hunting helicopters into the hands of the Indian Navy by Dave Makichuk May 20, 2020 To say the Pentagon is concerned about China’s military expansion would be an understatement — just ask the Indian Navy. According to a report by Paul McLeary for Breaking Defense, the US

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