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Extrajudicial Killings Threaten Bangladesh’s Human Rights

Extrajudicial killings in Bangladesh have recently acquired a new dimension with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and other law enforcing agencies choosing to justify them by terming the encounters as a “war on drugs.”  There are diverse ways of shooting suspected criminals at point-blank range and publicizing these incidents of...

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'Red Flag River’ Diversion Project
Claude Arpi | 06 Jun , 2018 0 comments

A few weeks ago, I mentioned a new scheme for diverting part of the waters of the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) towards the north and northwest of China. The project was spearheaded by Prof Wang Hua of Tsinghua University. It appears that many have started raising issues on the feasibility of such mega project. A scientific paper has come out...

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The Iranian Regime and the US Pull out from Nuclear Deal: Mounting Trouble or a Timely Lifeline

On 08 May 2018, President Trump announced that the US was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal or ‘JCPOA’ as it is called. Delivering on his election promise, he called it a “horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made”. Promising strict and unprecedented economic sanctions, he urged the international community to...

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Myanmar: Agreement with UN for settling Rohingya Refugees Announced

On 1st June, Myanmar announced that it had agreed to take steps to create conditions for the safe return of the Rohingya refugees.  The agreement calls for a framework of cooperation that will lead to “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their place of origin or of their choosing.  The...

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China woos the Tibetans
Claude Arpi | 03 Jun , 2018 0 comments

Govern the nation by governing the borders; govern the borders by first stabilizing Tibet; ensure social harmony and stability in Tibet and strengthen the development of border regions.” Thus did President Xi Jinping speak of China’s relations with Tibet. For a few months, the authorities in Tibet have started implementing the theory of...

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