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  • 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/ucanews.com).

  • 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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  • India’s Teflon Man0

    By Michael Kugelman   13/2/2018 Winter 2018 On November 8, 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a sudden and shocking address about a new, high-risk policy—one that would dominate discussions in India for weeks. He told his nation that a radical new demonetization policy would be implemented to rein in the problem of black market money.

  • Series of health camps for media fraternity rolls on0

      By Nava Thakuria A unique weekly healthcare initiative has been taken up by a press club in northeast India, where practicing physicians are being invited to the club premises for preliminary free health screening and ensuing consultations. Various physical tests of weight, hypertension, blood sugar, hemoglobin, bone density, pulmonary function, thyroid level, etc. are

  • Illegal Mining: a Headache For Afghanistan Government, International And Local Investors 0

    February 12, 2018, Mohammad Ismail Amin Afghanistan’s mining industry is extraordinarily important for the country’s economy, setting up thousands of employment and contributing a broadly economic growth but mining can be immensely harmful if it is not regulated properly-as ran a vital range of abuses and disasters around the country. Also with a range of

  • Kashmir Conflict and Dynamics of Regional Security0

    by Asma Khalid 12/2/2018 Ever since the creation of Pakistan and the ensuing problem of the accession of the Princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Kashmiri people have been suffering under the unjust Indian occupation. Despite India’s military and political maneuvers in the occupied Kashmir, the majority of the local population has been seeking

  • The Dangers of Nuclear Proliferation: Perspectives on South Asia0

    Background* With the May 1998 explosions of multiple atomic devices first by India and then by Pakistan, both countries became overtly nuclear after long years of ambiguity. This action on the part of both countries shocked the international community, but it was not altogether unexpected given their not-so-secret efforts at nuclearization over the past few

  • Ensuring safe return of the Rohingyas0

    Hussain Imam  February 06, 2018  The ongoing Rohingya crisis is probably one of the worst human tragedies of the 21st century the world community, particularly Bangladesh, has seen. In the last five months, more than 650,000 Rohingyas were forced by the Myanmar government to flee home and to take shelter in Bangladesh. The Rohingya people have

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