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0712 flag pakistanSectarian violence in Karachi is just another chapter in Pakistan’s long history of violence against minorities, has afflicted Pakistan virtually from its moment of birth...

TRUMP'S FOREIGN POLICY

U.S. allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, smiling through their teeth, are feverishly hoping that Washington will maintain its security commitments. The Russians are ... . . ..   

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN-USA

A US revaluation of its Af-Pak policy appears likely under Trump... It is, however, unlikely that US AfPak policy under Trump will be ‘more of the same’. Crucially, Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism in Afghanistan . . .

NUCLEAR WWWIII

Escalation of hostility may become a thermonuclear WWIII.

ARM & TRAIN

Non-Muslims in violent conflict areas to enhance the security...

HYDRO BOOM & CONFLICTS

With approval of power plants, conflicts have arisen ...

SUICIDE TERRORISM

Growing support for suicide terrorism

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South Asia: On The Time Bomb Of Majoritarian Nationalism

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By Vidya Bhushan Rawat *

The two articles that I recently posted on Bangladesh and Sri Lanka got me some curious personal mails from the natives of those countries. Some Srilankan friends had complained that how can I call myself as a human rights activist when I cannot support the cause of Tamils in Srilanka who have been victimized for the past 40 years by the majority Sinhala community. One brother wrote that I am an apologetic and supporting a government which has blood in its hand.

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South Asian View: North Korea’s Nuclear Test

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By Pratyush *

It was never in doubt that North Korea’s nuclear test on February 12 would raise hackles in East Asia. The rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula since Pyongyang launched a rocket in December, along with its alleged progress towards miniaturizing the nuclear device it was testing, have elicited widespread condemnation from South Korea, Japan and the United States. Even China, North Korea’s closest ally, expressed its “resolute” opposition and “strong dissatisfaction” following the test.

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India - Bangladesh: Continuous Consolidation

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On January 28, 2013, Bangladesh Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir and his Indian counterpart Union Home Minister (UHM) Sushil Kumar Shinde signed a landmark Extradition Treaty at Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, to combat terrorism and facilitate suppression of crime by making further provision for the reciprocal extradition of offenders. Significantly, however, Article 6 of the Treaty says that “it would not be applicable in case the offence is of a political character.”

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India - Pakistan: Cold Peace

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By Nadir Mir *

Pakistan and India need to opt for ‘cold peace’. Here it would imply peace, but no friendship between the two countries. The recent clashes in Kashmir, the threat of India’s cold start doctrine, the Kargil controversy and Kashmir Day celebrations in Pakistan make it amply clear why friendship cannot be maintained between them.

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Afghanistan: Troubling Prospects

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

Addressing the Congress during the annual State of the Union speech in the night of February 12, 2013, United States (US) President Barack Obama declared, “America will complete its mission in Afghanistan and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaida”. Outlining his latest Afghan policy he stated,

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Spring Bloom In Bangladesh

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By Farooque Chowdhury *

Can the mass activity now, the spring, overwhelming Bangladesh society and politics be ignored? There are two ways: either to ignore it, non-recognize it, or the opposite. Either of the two bears relevant questions, and has source.

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Bangladesh: Movement Condemning War Criminals Spreads

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By A Correspondent

Media reports from Dhaka said: The people’s movement against war criminals has spread across Bangladesh as hundreds of thousands of people joined in a grand rally in Dhaka, the capital city. A report in Daily Star Online, English daily from Dhaka, said: Protesters from the grand rally on February 8, 2013 afternoon demanded death penalty for all war criminals including Abdul Quader Mollah and a ban on the politics of Jamaat and Shibir.

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Bangladesh: Justice and Blood

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On February 5, 2013, at least three people were killed and another 35 were injured when cadres of the Jamaat-e-Islam (JeI) and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), protesting against the ongoing War Crimes (WC) Trial, clashed with the Police during the party enforced country wide dawn-to-dusk hartal (general shut down) in Chittagong District.

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Bangladesh: Caretaker Dilemma

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By Musawer Ahmad Saqif *

Bangladesh which has suffered major political setbacks since its independence in 1971, once again finds itself in yet another deadlock when the tenth national parliamentary election takes place at the end of this year. Last four parliamentary elections had been held under a caretaker government as mandated in the constitution (except for the discarded February 1996 election). But this time the ruling party Awami League (AL) has brought constitutional changes abolishing the caretaker government, following a Supreme Court verdict deeming the interim administrations unconstitutional.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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13 persons killed during the week as JeI-ICS cadres intensify street protests across the country: At least 13 persons, including seven civilians and six Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), cadres were killed, during the week as the JeI-ICS cadres opposing the War Crimes Trial intensified their street protests across the Country.

Four persons were killed and at least 50 others injured in clashes between Islamists led by JeI-ICS and the Police in Singair sub-District in Manikganj District on February 24.

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De-democratising Democracy

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By Chandra Lal Pandey *

Democratisation is a process which transcends a society from authoritarian to more open and more participatory form of government in which the sovereignty of the people is recognised as the supreme source of political power. Democracy is a form of government in which it is intended that the government’s actions and policies reflect the will of the people.

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