• Zia’s Imprisonment Unifies Bangladeshi Opposition0

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    • February 16, 2018

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka   2018-02-14 Supporters and leaders of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party hold a hunger strike in front of the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka to demand the release of party chief Khaleda Zia from prison, Feb. 14, 2018. BenarNews The imprisonment of Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia has unified factions within her

  • Verbal War Heats Up Between India, Pakistan Over Kashmir Gun Battles0

    • Blog
    • February 16, 2018

    Amin Masoodi     Srinagar, India    2018-02-13 Senior army and Central Reserve Police Force officers carry the coffin of a CRPF member who was killed in an attack by suspected LeT militants, at CRPF headquarters in Srinagar, Feb. 13, 2018. Sheikh Mashooq/BenarNews A war of words between archrivals Pakistan and India escalated Tuesday as security forces

  • Thailand Honors Myanmar’s Military Chief with Medal0

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    • February 16, 2018

      BenarNews staff    Washington     2018-02-16 Myanmar’s military chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, speaks during a ceasefire agreement with two ethnic rebel groups at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw, Feb. 13, 2018.  AP Thailand on Friday defended its decision to award the chief of Myanmar’s armed forces a royal decoration, despite allegations


  • Dark Clouds of Islamism Over Pakistan0

    Dr. Nasir Khan, December 19, 2017 Islam, in Pakistan, has transformed from a multidimensional universal religion into an ossified and stilted cult of Islamism. How this happened has a historical context, beginning in 1947 when Pakistan emerged as a new state. The division of India at the end of the British Raj was only possible

  • What’s the UN doing to Stopping Genocide of the Rohingyas of Myanmar?0

    By Habib Siddiqui One of the sinister methods employed to justify genocide has been to deny the history of the targeted victims. And that is what the criminal Buddhists within the apartheid state of Myanmar has been doing for nearly 70 years since earning independence from Britain on January 4, 1948. Instead of carrying out

  • Trading Jerusalem for Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey US president Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The United States and the two Gulf states see a US peace plan-in-the-making as a way of paving the way

  • Understanding Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah: Politics & Role0

    Abstract Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, the saint politician of the valley, was one of the famous leaders of modern India. He was not only the most dominating political figure of modern Jammu & Kashmir State, but he played a significant role in shaping the post-1947 sub-continental politics. His contribution as a political leader is so great,

  • US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?0

      By James M. Dorsey December 14, 2017 Talks aimed at transferring US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia serve as an indicator of where the Saudi-Iranian rivalry is heading as well as the strength of the informal Saudi-Israeli alliance against Iran. The possible transfer could spark a new arms race in the Middle East and

  • The moral questions in the debate on what constitutes terrorism1

    Who is a terrorist? Evan McCaffrey/ Jessica Wolfendale, West Virginia University Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old man, has been accused of detonating a pipe bomb strapped to his body in a New York subway, injuring four people on the morning of Dec. 11. The Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating the attack and New York Mayor

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