• The Indian Ocean Base Race0

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    • February 15, 2018

    Joint Chinese-Djibouti naval exercise, 2015 (file image courtesy PLAN) By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-14 [By David Brewster] It seems that we are in the middle of a base race across the Indian Ocean. The latest move, reported on Tuesday, involves an agreement to give India access to naval facilities in Oman, close to the Strait of Hormuz. This

  • Beyond Babri Mosque: Truce Can Only Come Through a Localised Genuine Dialogue0

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    • February 14, 2018

        By Arshad Alam, New Age Islam 14 February 2018 How should we understand the ongoing parleys between two of the most established religious and mediatised scholars of Muslims and Hindus over resolving the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute? Before going any further, let me frankly state that the resolution of any dispute between Muslims

  • Afghan Women Pessimistic on Peace Talks with Taliban0

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    • February 14, 2018

    February 14, 2018 By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare For a war-torn country like Afghanistan, where a fresh wave of Taliban attacks in the last month alone left scores of civilians dead and the capital still grieving, renewing peace negotiations with anti-government groups seems like it would be welcome news. However, that depends on who you

  • For Kashmiris, Life in Times of Conflict is All About Death0

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    • February 14, 2018

    By Mudasir Ahmad on 13/02/2018 Tral, the native town of the slain militant commander Burhan Wani, lost a father-son duo in the latest militant attack on an Army base camp. A makeshift place prepared for wudu – an Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body of Mohammad Iqbal and his father before their burial.

  • Any US effort to bully Pakistan will be counterproductive: Ahsan Iqbal0

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    • February 14, 2018    February 14, 2018 Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that any unilateral action by the United States in Pakistan will not only bring the bilateral relations to an irreparable stage but also be counterproductive. During an interview to CNN on Tuesday, he said, “Any unilateral action in Pakistan will be a red line for Pakistan. Pakistanis are dignified people.

  • Former president rattles Sri Lanka’s political status quo0

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    • February 13, 2018

    Rajapaksa calls for ruling coalition to dissolve parliament after his party’s landslide victory in local elections Mahinda Rajapaksa addresses a press conference with his party leaders on Feb. 12 in Colombo. He called on the government to dissolve parliament immediately. (Photo by S. Kumar) Quintus Colombage, Colombo Sri Lanka February 13, 2018 Sri Lanka’s political landscape has been


  • Insurance for ‘Loss and Damage’: Still an illusion for the vulnerable countries.0

    By Zulker Naeen December 1, 2017 During the last two decades, the UNFCCC focus has shifted from ‘mitigation’ to ‘mitigation and adaptation.’ And it now finally included ‘Loss and Damage’ in its current agenda. The emergence of ‘Loss and Damage’ as a focus area of the international climate policy arena is caused by the realization

  • 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

  • Book Review: A Case of Exploding Mangoes0

        A rival in me, an enemy within Hiding his jinx, deep down my skin His sainthood stays, akin his sins A foe, which never, lets me win Hits my chin, then kicks my shin Knocking my senses, keeps head in spin Rubbing in dust, my face it pins Mocks me then, with his

  • Iran-Pakistan Ties: Impact on CPEC0

    Since the inception of Pakistan, relations between Iran and Pakistan were on even keel throughout the early decades. The two countries were cooperative from 1947-1979 till the reign of Shah of Iran. Baluchistan province of Pakistan occupies a pivotal position in bilateral relations, given the Bloch population in both countries. Even in the 1971 war,

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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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