• Myanmar Is Not a Simple Morality Tale0

    • Blog
    • November 27, 2017

    Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, like the people in this makeshift camp in September, are displaced in Bangladesh. Credit Tomas Munita for The New York Times Myanmar Is Not aSimple Morality Tale The West made a saint of Daw Aung San SuuKyi. The Rohingya crisis revealed a politician. Roger Cohen NOV. 25, 2017 NAYPYIDAW,

  • Bangladesh PM claims ‘forced disappearances take place in UK and US’0

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    • November 26, 2017

    Sheikh Hasina appears to conflate media reports on missing persons data with forced disappearances  Sheikh Hasina: ‘As per statistics of 2009, 275,000 British citizens disappeared. Of them, the whereabouts of 20,000 is not known. If you consider America, the situation is even worse.’ Photograph: AM Ahad/AP Michael Safi Saturday 25 November 2017 00.00 ESTLast modified on Saturday

  • Rohingya must be consulted before repatriation0

    • Blog
    • November 26, 2017

    by Adam Bemma 25 Nov 2017 Rohingya refugees are living in squalor in camps in Bangladesh [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera] MORE ON ROHINGYA Rohingya refugees: ‘I do not hope to return’yesterday Is it safe for Rohingya refugees to return to Rakhine?yesterday Malaysia: A Rohingya safe haven?3 days ago Myanmar, Bangladesh sign Rohingya return deal3 days ago Kuala


  • What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India

    What Iran Nuclear Deal Means for India1

    Lausanne witnessed a historic moment on April 2, when Iran and the P5 + 1 (United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany) announced the interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme. The agreement is currently in progress and the final deal is scheduled to be signed on June 30 (fingers crossed). If the agreement

  • Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La

    Delicate Modernization in the Last Shangri-La0

    Bhutan is widely romanticized as the last Shangri-La meaning the “hidden paradise”. It would not be an exaggeration to state that this Shangri-la is a country known for its traditions, culture and identity. The importance of its traditions can be felt from the words of Harald Nestroy that the “early history of Bhutan is not

  • Playing with Peace in Myanmar

    Playing with Peace in Myanmar0

    International aid and “statebuilding” exercises risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Here’s a more realistic approach. As ceasefires in Myanmar enter their third fragile year, international aid commitments geared towards “peacebuilding” have proliferated, particularly from the West and Japan. Although aid remains one of the few tools available to these governments, and there are countless

  • Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

    Geo-economic Significance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank0

    Since the dawn of civilization, except for the last 250 years, Asia had half the world’s wealth and two centres of gravity – China and India. With Asia estimated to possess two-thirds of global GPD in 2050, because of favourable demographics India has the potential to overtake the United States and once again become the

  • Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

    Pakistan’s Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled0

    Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation. Several recent developments affirm the Pakistani military’s belief that cosmetic changes or words alone will suffice to convince others, especially the U.S., that Pakistan is serious

  • Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia

    Three Ways on How ISIS Can Make Inroads in South Asia0

      Recent weeks have brought a bevy of news headlines attesting to the rising profile of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in South Asia. The group’s literature has circulated in Pakistan, and its flags have been spotted in Kashmir. Several Pakistani militant commanders expressed their allegiance to ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Alleged

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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