Sri Lanka gets a jumbo cabinet 

Posted On September 5, 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe have their compulsions in putting in place a strong national unity government. So, the size of the cabinet constituted after two long weeks of haggling behind the scenes does not come as a surprise though it is big by Sri Lankan bench marks in coalition politics.Full story

Sri Lanka gets a jumbo cabinet 

Posted On September 5, 2015

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe have their compulsions in putting in place a strong national unity government. So, the size of the cabinet constituted after two long weeks of haggling behind the scenes does not come as a surprise though it is big by Sri Lankan bench marks in coalition politics.Full story

Istanbul Attacks Highlight an Overlooked Threat 

Posted On August 11, 2015

Istanbul was the scene of two terrorist attacks on Aug. 10.In the first, a bomb attack and assault against a police station in the city’s suburban Sultanbeyli district reportedly resulted in the death of one police officer and two assailants. The attack began with the detonation of a car bomb near the station around 1:00 a.m. local time, which reportedly injured at least seven civilians and three police officers.Full story

In China, a Canceled Meeting Sends a Message 

Posted On August 7, 2015

A day after Chinese state media reported that key government figures were in the beach resort town of Beidaihe welcoming researchers and scholars, state media ran an article noting that the annual unofficial government meeting at Beidaihe was likely canceled.The mixed messages instantly elicited questions among China watchers abroad, raising speculation that the cancellation was related to the anti-corruption campaign, was a sign of internal political troubles, or was just anomalous but not entirely out of the ordinary. Full story

The Lives of Jihadist Leaders Drop in Value 

Posted On August 7, 2015

Much has been written since the July 30 confirmation that the Taliban's longtime leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died two years ago. Most of the discussion has focused on the future of the Taliban movement, the impact of his death on the al Qaeda core — which had pledged allegiance to Mullah Omar as Amir al-Mu'minin, or "commander of the faithful," — and, of course, the Islamic State's efforts to take advantage of Mullah Omar's death.Full story

Trouble for India-Pakistan Peace Talks, four Indian soldiers killed in Poonch 

Posted On August 7, 2015

Five Indian soldiers were killed Aug 6 in Poonch district along the LoC- it is the same area where an Indian soldier was killed and decapitated in a similar ambush in January.These two flare-ups on the Line of Control, roughly six months apart, played out almost identically. The militants dressed in Pakistani army uniform carried out the attacks; Pakistan denied the allegations and in fact levelled a counter charge of cross-border incursions by Indian forces. The peace track suffered as a result.Full story

The Uncertain Future of the Sino-Myanmar Pipeline 

Posted On August 6, 2015

Domestic political opposition and security concerns in Myanmar could threaten an energy pipeline built in the country by China. The pipeline, which runs through ethnic militia dominated Shan and Kachin states, was conceived before Myanmar began its opening to the rest of the world in 2010. Opposition to the project has since escalated, and Naypyidaw itself may be looking to improve the terms of its energy deal with the Chinese and reduce Myanmar's dependence on China overall. Full story

Chinese Market Turmoil: A Self-Inflicted Wound 

Posted On July 8, 2015

Roots of the Chinese Stock Market turmoil are in the prescription to offset the export loss in the wake of financial meltdown of 2008. Investment backed by credit comprised around 50 percent of GDP while consumption spending accounted for barely 35 percent. It has proved simply unviable. Full story

Strikes hit hard Chinas free trade zones 

Posted On June 8, 2015

With Communist China turning into a Bamboo Capitalist, and opting for free trade zones to give a fillip to the sagging economy, lofty socialist ideals like social insurance to industrial workers are taking a back seat. And industrial unrest and intimidation of workers and assaults on them are on the increase, says the author.CFull story

China’s Slow down Blues- rate cut announced 

Posted On May 15, 2015

On May 9th China’s central bank has cut interest rates for the third time in six months in a bid to counter an economic slowdown and ease debt pressures. The decision reflected mounting concerns over the slowing Chinese economy and growing debt problems arising from lower inflation.In its official statement, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said the countFull story

China President Xi Jinping

After NSA Fiasco, India Has to Show Firmness 

Posted On August 23, 2015

Since there is little prospect of India-Pakistan talks resuming in the near future after Pakistan called off the NSA-level talks, New Delhi must show firmness in dealing with the petulant and recalcitrant neighbour who thinks that all its recent sins have been forgotten and forgiven by the U.S., its most generous patron, says the author.Full story

Gilgat –Baltistan Elections -A Farce 

Posted On June 6, 2015

Elections to Gilgit -Baltistan Legislative Assembly are taking place on June 8 under the supervision of the Pakistan Army. This 'democratic' exercise is a farce as actual power rests not with the elected assembly but with a Council chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan with Governor of Gilgit- Baltistan as its vice chairman, says the author while putting the issue in its historical perspective. Full story

Who is who of Baloch Insurgency 

Posted On June 1, 2015

Balochistan is in the throes of the fifth and longest running insurgency since 1947. Triggered in 2005 by the rape of a lady doctor allegedly by an army officer in Sui, it was exacerbated by the death of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti in an Army operation in August 2006. Full story


Pak Urdu Media Digest – May 15 

Posted On May 15, 2013

A Chinese company, China Port Handling, will take over the charge of Gwadar Port from May 22nd, , it is reported today. Analysts and commentators are puzzled by overtures from Nawaz Sharif to the PTI. Full story

Pak Urdu Media Digest -May 14 

Posted On May 14, 2013

There are numerous reports of parties in Sindh protesting against election results in the province, especially in Karachi, Hyderabad, Jamshero and Jacobabad. Most of the reports are about rigging by MQM and demand re-elections in Karachi. JeM is busy promoting ‘Al Murabitun’ as if it is another front for JeM, says some reports.Full story

Pak Urdu Media Digest – May 13 

Posted On May 13, 2013

The demand for re-poll in Karachi under military supervision is becoming louder by the day, say many dailies. PML-N, PTI, JUI, and MQM are making the demand amongst other parties. There is wide speculation on who could form the new government in KP, and Balochistan with scales tilted in favour of PTI in alliance with JuI-F or JI in KP and in favour of PML-N and its local allies in Balochistan.Full story

Pak Urdu Media Digest – May 10 

Posted On May 10, 2013

Gilgit dailies are firing more salvos on chief minister Mehdi Shah dubbing him as corrupt. The federal government is also accused of not releasing development budget for the area. On terror theatre, the most prominent news item today is TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud’s letter to TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan on nationwide attacks to disrupt elections.Full story

Rajapaksa eyeing an amazing comeback 

Posted On June 22, 2015

Making a determined comeback bid, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is re-positioning himself as he only strong Sinhala leader who is capable of taking on the devious Tamils, and hopes in the process to weather away the scams that are tumbling out of his past.Full story

Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean : An Indian Perspective 

Posted On May 9, 2015

For a maritime nation like India, its conception of maritime security of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and, specifically, its approach to maritime security has a long historical legacy. The modern Indian Navy has its origins in the colonial period. But it is the post-colonial period spanning independence and then the imperatives of the Cold War, and later to the interim phase in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Full story

Sri Lankan government postpones constitutional amendment 

Posted On April 12, 2015

The postponement was a result of infighting between ruling and opposition parties and compounded by the Supreme Court’s advisory opinion that some clauses should be referred to a referendum.Full story


Ghani takes over in Afghanistan 

Posted On September 30, 2014

Following three months of uncertainty, a tenuous unity government has been forged between the Afghan election’s two leading candidates.Full story

Power Sharing Deal in Kabul 

Posted On September 21, 2014

"There can be no denying that former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has reasons to feel cheated for the second time, the first being in 2009, but he is not showing any bitterness as US-trained economist, and former World Bank official Ashraf Ghani is set to succeed Hamid Karzai after two terms as President". Full story


Are Bangladesh’s Competing Parties Ready to Negotiate? 

Posted On August 3, 2015

Bangladesh has witnessed a rash of Islamist attacks against government institutions, security forces, secular bloggers and other civilian soft targets in recent months. And, on their part, the police, continuing their drive, on July 28, arrested several members of outlawed jihadist outfit Jamaat al Mujahideen.Full story

Radical lslamists threaten Bangladeshi American Writer Avijit Roy 

Posted On April 6, 2014

The Publisher appears to have taken the threat seriously without much ado and listed Avjit Roy's books under the category "Out of Print”.Full story

Bangladesh moves to ban Jamaat-e-Islami 

Posted On March 26, 2014

Jamaat has been a long time ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Begum Khaleda Zia. The ban on Jamaat can give a handle to Khaleda to go around the nation as a victim of Hasina politics. It may not get much mileage though, firstly because the BNPis in bad shape, with its leadership embroiled in corruption cases, and secondly because the Jamaat voters are already with the BNP.Full story

The Terror Attacks in Paris : Tip of the Iceberg or a Passing Episode? 

Posted On January 13, 2015

The coordinated attacks by an Islamic terrorist cell against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in the heart of Paris, which caused the death of 17 people, realized one of the horror scenarios haunting the security services in Europe in recent years. The threat of a wave of terrorism has been looming in the continent since the attack by a salafi jihadist terrorFull story

Fall-out of Jerusalem Synagogue Attack 

Posted On November 25, 2014

To check the slide of the Palestinian conflict from political to the religious level, Israel will do well to open a dialogue with the Arab civil society in East Jerusalem, says the analyst in the context of Nov 18 attack on a synagogue. Full story

Women in Islam and the Middle East 

Posted On December 30, 2011

Women in Islam and the Middle EastEdited by Ruth RodedIB Tauris 2008  Pp293 Much of the lively and often heated debate on the role of women in Islam and Middle Eastern society, the cover of the book points out,  is grounded in different readings of the primary Arabic, Persian, Turkish and other sources and historical precedents. These key texts remain Full story