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  • The canonization of John McCain: Media, political establishment turn warmonger into saint0

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    • September 3, 2018

    1 September 2018 “I hated my enemies even before they held me captive because hate sustained me in my devotion to their complete destruction and helped me overcome the virtuous human impulse to recoil in disgust from what had to be done by my hand.”—John McCain on the Vietnam War, April 2001 “However heady the

  • Migrant labor graft must end, Bangladeshi activists say0

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    • September 3, 2018

      Corrupt recruiting cartel of 10 agencies that overcharged workers blamed for cessation of G2G Plus deal with Malaysia A Bangladeshi worker looks on as she attend a procession to mark May Day or International Workers’ Day in Dhaka in this May 1, 2017 file photo. Activists around the world mark international workers’ day with marches

  • Tea workers still fighting for land rights in Sri Lanka0

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    • September 3, 2018

      Laborers protest amid claims military has seized their land and govt has sold plots to wealthy developers A file image of Sri Lankan tea pickers working on a plantation in Kandy, some 150kms north-east of Colombo. (Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP) Niranjani Roland, Colombo  Sri Lanka  August 31, 2018 Tea plantation worker Loganathan Saraswathy, 47,

  • Myanmar army fakes photos and history in sinister rewrite of Rohingya crisis0

    Propaganda unit’s 117-page book contains pictures purportedly taken in Rakhine state that are really from Tanzania and Bangladesh Reuters in Yangon Fri 31 Aug 2018   Violence has forced more than 720,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar to areas like Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh. Photograph: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images A new book on the Rohingya crisis written by

  • Western Officials Ignored Myanmar’s Warning Signs of Genocide0

    A Rohingya refugee reacts while holding his dead son after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on Oct. 9, 2017. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images) FEATURE U.S. and U.N. diplomats overlooked atrocity amid hopes of democracy. BY JUSTIN LYNCH AUGUST 30, 2018, 12:36 PM One year ago, on Aug. 30, 2017, Myanmar’s military began

  • Washington Warns of Sanctioning India Over Russian Missile System0

    The world’s two largest democracies have a burgeoning defense relationship. Moscow could play spoiler. BY LARA SELIGMAN  | AUGUST 29, 2018 A Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile system is displayed at the exposition field in Kubinka’s Patriot Park outside Moscow on Aug. 22, 2017. (Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images) The United States is refusing to rule out sanctions on India—a

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  • South Asian Water Conflict0

    by Ashok Bala  11/5/2018 Introduction South Asia is a macro-geographical region wherein various countries in close geographical proximity share certain commonality of interests. These interests could incorporate a whole gamut of historical, geographical, economic, political, social and cultural aspects. In fact, it is a region where geography, history, politics, and culture are truly intertwined and

  • US withdrawal from Iran-Nuclear Deal: Impact on India0

    by Rameez Raja Mir     11/5/2018   Introduction The US President Donald Trump on May 8, 2018, announced US withdrawal from the historical 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Trump stated that the 2015 agreement which included p5+1 was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never have been made.” He further stated that the United States “will

  • Impact of CPEC on social change and capacity building in Pakistan0

    Recent decades have seen tremendous technological progress in computing and telecommunications. The contemporary world will see huge impacts of this technological development on society and policymakers. This study will specifically focus on the impacts of technological development under the China Pakistan joint development project namely China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through establishing IT Parks in Pakistan. Pakistan

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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