• Islamic State expands reach in Afghanistan, threatening West0

    Bykathy gannon, associated press JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Jun 10, 2019 The Islamic State group has lost its caliphate in Syria and Iraq, but in the forbidding mountains of northeastern Afghanistan the group is expanding its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries, according to U.S. and Afghan

  • Is Nepal a pawn in US’ China strategy?0

    Ding Gang, June 10, 2019 The Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-16), which Nepal lost, resulted in large-scale land cessions in the south of Nepal to the British. It was after occupying India that the UK gradually expanded its ambitions to Nepal, the mountainous kingdom in the Himalayas. The UK’s greater strategic goal was to pave a way

  • India rising? Maybe not0

    Derek M. Scissors, June 8, 2019 There has been a spate of India headlines this month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wins big in the recent elections, but gross domestic product growth falls to 5.8 percent and unemployment spikes. The first event may prove economically harmful, the second does not especially matter and the third is

  • “The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told” Is a Belated Introduction to a Thrilling Canon0

    By Saira Khan June 7, 2019 Toward the end of the late Indian writer Ismat Chughtai’s short story “Mutti Maalish,” Ratti Bai, a hospital maid, describes to an upper-class patient two methods of abortion used by poor women in India. One entails standing on the woman’s belly and massaging it with your feet; the other,

  • Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church0

    AFP June 9th, 2019 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo on June 9, 2019 AFP Modi is stopping in Colombo on his return home after an official visit to neighboring Maldives, where he inaugurated a coastal radar system

  • ASEAN’s clean chit to Myanmar0

    June 10, 2019 A fig leaf to hide the truth A leaked report prepared by the regional body’s Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT) on the Rohingya issue exposes a preposterous attempt to hide the facts about the brutality committed by the Myanmar army in Rakhine. In certain instances, the report echoes the position of


  • Unpacking the Belt and Road Initiative: What Is It and Where Is It Going?0

    February 5, 2019 By Michael Kugelman   Wilson Center The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s mammoth and globe-girdling infrastructure and trade corridor project, represents one of those rare watershed developments for international affairs—something so big and consequential that it is impossible to ignore, no matter where in the world one might be sitting. The scale alone is

  • The Great Language Movement of Bangladesh: Some Reflections0

    by Taj Hashmi 10 February 2019 The “Language Movement” of erstwhile East Bengal/East Pakistan – presently, Bangladesh – was more than a language movement, it was a cultural-political movement for Bangladesh. No wonder, even after the Pakistan Constitution of 1956 had guaranteed Bengali as one of the two state languages along with Urdu, East Bengalis

  • BRICS New Development Bank in Changing World Economic Order0

    by Manoj Kumar 10 February 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) is a multinational bank established by member states namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, specifically as per Agreement of the NDB, “the Bank shall support public or private projects through loans, guarantees, equity participation and other financial instruments.” Also, the NDB “shall cooperate with international organizations and

  • Harsh Turkish condemnation of Xinjiang cracks Muslim wall of silence0

    By James M. Dorsey 10 February 2019 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr In perhaps the most significant condemnation to date of China’s brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its north-western province of Xinjiang. Turkey’s foreign ministry demanded this weekend that Chinese authorities respect human

  • PM Modi Visits North East amidst protests against Citizenship Amendment Bill0

    by Suhail Mohammed 9 February 2019 All Assam Students Union (AASU) members shouted slogans against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and waved black flags at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived in Guwahati on Friday evening on a two-day visit to the Northeast. The prime minister witnessed the protests when he travelled to the Raj

  • Bangladesh: It ain’t over ‘til it is1

    by William Milam February 8, 2019 It will be a hard and maybe painful uphill slog to rebuild a coherent opposition in Bangladesh, writes William Milam Last Friday, February 1, the well-known and regarded weekly news magazineThe Economistconsigned Bangladesh to permanent authoritarianism, a political malady that has lately seemed to overwhelm the immune system of democracies.

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  • Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

  • The Kashmiri narrative

    Columbia Journalism Review by Rozina Ali August 28, 2019 In mid-February, a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar killed 44 Indian paramilitary officers in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was the deadliest attack against Indian soldiers in three decades. Dar was from a local village, but the militant group that claimed responsibility

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