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  • Move to restore Kashmir shrine may pave road to peace0

    Lobbyist wants to restore temple revered by Hindus and Muslims to kickstart India-Pakistan talks Part of Sharada Peeth, an abandoned temple in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, is visible in this photo sent by local people to Hindus in India who are campaigning to restore it to its former glory as a holy shrine. (Photo provided) Aasha Khosa,

  • Bangladesh: End Crackdown on Opposition Supporters0

    Hundreds Detained Ahead of Court Verdict on BNP Leader     Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia waves to activists as she arrives for a rally in Dhaka in this file picture taken January 20, 2014. A Bangladesh court issued an arrest warrant on March 30, 2016 for former prime minister and opposition

  • Maldives in crisis: Time for India to act0

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    • February 8, 2018

    By Sumon K Chakrabarti  8/2/2018 Maldives today is a version of the reality series The Apprentice, where President Abdullah Yameen is already taking a leaf out of Donald Trump’s reality show playbook: “This is a dictatorship and I’m the dictator. There’s no voting and there’s no jury.” The irony though, has just begun, unflinching in it’s

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  • Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon gamble may pay off0

      By James M. Dorsey Time will tell, but Saudi Arabia’s gamble to pressure Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed, Lebanese Shiite militia, by forcing Saad Hariri, the country’s prime minister, to resign, may be paying off despite widespread perceptions that the manoeuvre backfired. Broad international support for Mr. Hariri following his announcement from Riyadh in a speech

  • Gulf Crisis Creates Opportunity for Asian Nations0

    James M. Dorsey 28 Nov, 2017 The rift between the Gulf countries and Qatar has created a space for Asian countries to step in to engage with the small peninsular state. There’s a silver lining for Asian countries in the six-month old crisis in the Gulf that pits a UAE-Saudi-led alliance against Qatar. That is

  • The Slaver’s Bay: South Asia’s Educational Woes0

    by Ahmed Amin Malik November 28, 2017 Perhaps nothing defines the spirit of humanity more than its right to liberty; freedom in all its dimensions: in thought, action, speech, and imagination. This freedom is not only sacred but is also quintessential to our spirit to survive, adapt and prosper. Unfortunately, this very essence has been

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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