• How people become suicide bombers: the six steps to terrorism0

    Anti-terror police guard the house of the family that detonated bombs in Surabaya, Indonesia, May 15 2018. Fully Handoko/EPA   Robi Sugara, Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta Suicide bombings of three churches last week in Indonesia by a couple, Dita Oepriarto and Puji Kuswanti, who involved their children were the result of a long process

  • Religious persecution the new normal in India0

    Religious persecution the new normal in India Fellow democracies that want India in a pan-Asian alliance are turning a blind eye to violence against Muslims and Christians Indian National Congress party activists hold placards and shout slogans against the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Kolkata on

  • Chinese state incites Tibetans to report on others0

    Fear and unease spread through Tibet over concern the campaign will lead to a crackdown on dissidents This picture taken on March 1 shows Tibetan Buddhist monks awaiting a prayer for Monlam, the Tibetan New Year, at the Rongwo Monastery, in Tongren County, Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP)

  • Trade and inter-dependency can bring peace to South Asia0

    The most potent problems confronting South Asia are terrorism and poverty, which can only be resolved through collective cooperation or through an effective regional organization, writes Majidullah Rasooli for South Asia Monitor. May 18, 2018 By Majidullah Rasooli India has played a significant role in the reconstruction and development of the post-Taliban era in Afghanistan

  • Sri Lankan monks back president’s extra powers0

    Lines drawn as activists vow to abolish emergency powers but opponents fear it will embolden separatists The late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera holds a microphone at a demonstration in Colombo, Sri Lanka in this 2015 file photo. The mass demonstrations persuaded parliament to pass the 19th Amendment to the constitution, which would curtail the president’s executive powers. (Photo by Quintus Colombage/

  • Are dictators on the way out – or on the way up?0

    Natasha Ezrow, University of Essex      14/5/2018 All around the world, democracy is looking shaky. While consolidated democracies are struggling to stay healthy, many flawed ones have turned into outright authoritarian regimes – most notably Russia under Vladimir Putin and Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But the news isn’t all bad: on several continents


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