• On being a Muslim in Sri Lanka after April 21, 20190

    P K Balachandran, May 11, 2019 No significant anti-Muslim incidents have taken place since April 21, when two local Islamic State (IS) affiliates, the National Tawheed Jamaath (NRJ) and the Jamaathei Millathu Ibraheemi (JMI), carried out nine suicide attacks killing over 250 people, mostly local Christiansand foreigners. Life has returned to normal in Colombo with

  • India; The BJP Is Digging Its Own Grave0

    Even if the final seat count is in their favour, the current election has exposed the weakness of the BJP-RSS combine, not its strength. BJP supporters at a rally. Credit: Reuters Shankar Gopalakrishnan 10 May 2019 These days, most of us are focused on what is going to happen on May 23 – and what

  • Missiles on Ships. Making Sense of Iran’s Recent Moves in the Gulf0

    by Fabian Hinz 10 May 2019 Yet again, there is a dramatic rise in tension in the Middle East, and, yet again, missiles are at the heart of it. On May 6, the Trump administration announced that it would deploy the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as well as four B-52 bombers to the

  • US ‘foreign terrorist’ designation is more punishment than threat detector0

    Eric Fleury, College of the Holy Cross The Trump administration in April designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, a branch of Iran’s military and intelligence services, as a terrorist group. Any groups designated this way are cut off from potential U.S. funding, communications with Americans, travel to the U.S. and other American “material

  • Designating Masood Azhar at the United Nations: More than a Symbolic Diplomatic Victory0

    Rajeesh Kumar is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile. from the author ShareTweetEmailLinkedin After a decade of steadfast blocking, China finally backed the proposal to designate the chief of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’ at the United Nations (UN). With China lifting

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  • Chinese Companies Lobby for Contract to Build Bangladesh’s Second Nuclear Plant0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka, 2019-05-09 Three Chinese companies have started lobbying Bangladesh for a contract to build the nation’s second nuclear power plant, officials said, as the government pushed to finish its first multibillion-dollar Russian-backed nuclear reactor within five years. Mahbubul Hoq, chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, told BenarNews that officials of three Chinese


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  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

  • Partition of India: One US Diplomat’s Notes

    August 10, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Was Jinnah Hindu? U.S. Favored United Indi. Muslim League Distrusted Congress. How Nehru Could Prevent Partition. The Partition of India in 1947 by Britain to create two independent countries wreaked havoc in human lives and miseries. It killed two million people, according to various estimates, and displaced 14 million. Its

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