• Who owns the moon? A space lawyer answers0

    Edwin E. ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Neil A. Armstrong/NASA/AP Photo Frans von der Dunk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to the

  • Humanitarian Ties: Why Shahidul Alam Admired Pak Philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi0

    Edhi, who built a nationwide network of humanitarian centres in Pakistan, occupies a prominent place in the Bangladeshi photographer’s moral imagination. Shahidul Alam reviews a portfolio in 2014. Credit: Facebook Yasmin Jaffri 22 August 2018 Alam drawing attention to his incarceration since August 5 may perhaps be forgiven for invoking the menace of the hegemonies he

  • ‘Since When Did a City of Only Dead Bodies Celebrate Eid?’0

    There was commotion on the road, local mosques were empty and shops overcrowded with people stocking up on essentials. The only thing missing that would make the day of a recent Shopian encounter look like Eid were firecrackers. And soon, tear gas shelling and pellet gun sounds compensated for that. Credit: Reuters Rouf Fida The darkness

  • Hindus object to Eid animal slaughter in India0

      Government urged to take action against Muslims killing animals to celebrate festival Pakistani men handle a camel at an animal market in Karachi on Aug. 15. Muslims around the world will mark Eid al-Adha by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels but Hindus in India are opposed to such slaughter. (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah,

  • Hindu musicians hit wrong note at Indian Christian concerts0

      Singer pulls out of show after being called a ‘traitor’ and ‘Vatican stooge’ on social media T.M. Krishna performs at the iconic Afghan Church in Mumbai on Dec. 17, 2017. He believes in using music for interreligious harmony by singing songs of Christian and Islamic themes using the Carnatic school of music, considered a bastion of upper-caste

  • Illegal immigration issue will remain a political football in India till 20190

    It was in 1997 that the then Assam Governor, Lt. Gen. (retd) S.K. Sinha, wrote to the President of India that there were over 4 million Bangladeshis living in Assam illegally and action should be taken to send them back, writes Rashmi Saksena for South Asia Monitor By Rashmi Saksena Aug 17, 2018 Assam, in


  • Shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East0

      By James M. Dorsey       2/5/2018 Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that China may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative and subtle ways that do not involve military or overt economic pressure. The shifts involve greater dependency of the Gulf states on oil and gas exports

  • State’s Hegemony and Ethnic Conflict: The Case of Tamils in Sri Lanka0

    By Ashawti CK and Rajeesh CS     1/5/2018 Introduction Communal strife and civil war in Sri Lanka lasted more than sixty-four years. This paper analyzes the state’s direct support to the ethnic and religious antagonism that fuelled it, the political miscalculations that precipitated it and the mistrust which permeated both battling sides. In the first section,

  • “New dimension of Japan’s public diplomacy.”0

    By Maham Akhtar      1/5/2018 Public diplomacy is the way in which government and private sector directly or indirectly influence public positions and opinions in such a way that these opinions influence the international political decision-making process of another government. Diplomatic activity is meant for progression of national interests with practices of persuasion. The

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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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