Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Bangladesh’s constitution provides for a parliamentary form of government, but in fact, most power resides in the Office of the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League party won a third consecutive five-year term in an improbably lopsided December parliamentary election that was
Lawi Weng, March 20, 2019 The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has called on the Myanmar military to end its operations against the Arakan Army in Rakhine State, accusing government forces of targeting Arakanese civilians in the region and warning that this could prompt other ethnic armies to enter the fight on the AA’s side.
Abid Bashir, March 20, 2019 The annual report of the US Department of State has painted a grim picture of human rights situation in Kashmir, saying that no prosecution of accused soldiers has been allowed for 28 years as armed forces special powers act (AFSPA) has been in vogue in J&K. The report reads that
Salman Rafi Sheikh, March 17, 2019 Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded,
By Keith Jones 20 March 2019 A Reuters report and an Indian Navy press statement, both published Sunday, shed further light on just how close South Asia’s rival nuclear powers, India and Pakistan, came to all-out war late last month. According to Reuters, at the height of the war crisis—after Indian warplanes had bombed Pakistan,
By T.V. Paul 19 March 2019 SYNOPSIS The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has usually been analysed for its economic and geopolitical importance. There is a third crucial function of BRI − the prevention of military as well as soft balancing coalitions against Beijing by smaller Asian states along with countries such as the US
November 13, 2018 Ron Paul It’s not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.” And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly
Rohingya refugees perform prayers as they attend a ceremony organised to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018. Photo: AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid repatriation It’s not clear conditions
by Yead Mirza 11 November 2018 In their strategic calculus, the Asia Pacific major powers as well as other countries do not consider Russia a major military power for the region. Although these Asia Pacific countries understand Russia’s military clout in Europe and Middle East, they somehow fail to see how overall Russian military
By James M. Dorsey 9 November 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a potentially more strained relationship with the United States in the wake of Democrats gaining control of the House of Representatives in this week’s mid-term elections
Image credit: INSSSL by Natasha Fernando 9 November 2018 In the month of March 2018, Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency following riots and communal violence in the Central Province. An incident in Ampara, of North Eastern Province followed a claim by an individual to have come across ‘infertility pills’ in a plate of food at
by Asia Maqsood 8 November 2018 KSA adds great strength to the CPEC project, as being the 3rd Strategic Partner Although Pakistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have shared long-lasting cooperative and a brotherly relationship built mainly on mutual religious beliefs, yet in international politics, nations choose to chase their own interests. Pakistan
“Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.