India-Bangladesh Relations

Bangladesh-India relationship has always been an issue of intense discussions and debate among academics, policy makers and activists. Both governments claim that these two countries are enjoying a very warm and unprecedented close relationship, while critics have argued that the relationship has been lopsided in favor of India. Several recent events, including two visits of […]

Gambian minister brought Myanmar to The Hague ‘in the name of humanity’

Gambia’s Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou speaks on the first day of hearings in a case against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, on Dec. 10, 2019, as Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi looks on. Credit: UN Photo/ICJ-CIJ/Frank van Beek. Courtesy of […]

Bangladesh Papering Over The Cracks At Home And Abroad – OpEd

In a recent interview with DW, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen asserted that Dhaka’s objective is to “get along with everybody”. Despite the ongoing saga surrounding Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and widespread protests against a spate of deals agreed earlier this month with New Delhi, Momen assured viewers that the Bangladeshi government is successfully balancing relations […]

The road to impeachment is paved with potholes

Well the riveting TV drama is over, at least for a while. In two weeks of public, televised hearings, which I understand drew large audiences, we were all staring, entranced, at the TV as perhaps the most impressive string of people most Americans have seen in a long time made statements and answered questions. Running […]

‘Our only aim is to go home’: Rohingya refugees face stark choice

With citizenship in Myanmar still denied, Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh must either live under severe restrictions or move to an isolated island Life in the world’s largest refugee camp has grown harder in the past few months. Mohammad, a Rohingya farmer who lost his leg fleeing violence in Myanmar, does not understand why. “We got […]

Pakistan: Shrinking Space for Freedom of Speech

by Mehrooj Rai 1 November 2019“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell Journalists and media persons today are going through one of the most difficult times in the history of Pakistan. The space for media’s freedom, dissent and democracy is […]

Bangladesh: Enabling the Future

The problem in Bangladesh is primarily that no basis was ever established for an effective two-party system, writes William MilamBy William Milam October 18, 2019 “As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.” So said the celebrated French pioneer aviator, poet, novelist and journalist Antoine de Saint-Exupery. He […]

Where the Uighurs are free to be

Sweden has emerged as a safe haven for ethnic Uighurs fleeing political, racial and religious repression in China The Stockholm suburb of Rissne would seem an unlikely place to keep alive the culture and language of Uighurs, who are faced with political and racial repression in their Xinjiang homeland in China. Yet many of Sweden’s […]

Outrage over right-wing Euro-MPs’ Kashmir visit

A group of largely right-wing European parliamentarians (MEPs) have visited Indian-administered Kashmir, prompting outrage from local politicians who have not been allowed to go. The visit has been criticised as nothing more than a PR stunt. This was the first international delegation to visit the region since August, when India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata […]

Facebook Amplifies Hatred against Muslims in Assam, says Rights Group

The names of nearly 5 million Bengali-speaking Muslims have been struck off the National Citizenship Register in Assam. Zafar Aafaq | Caravan Daily Facebook is being used as an effective tool by xenophobes to amplify hatred against minority population, particularly Muslims in Assam. This, at a time when the government published a controversial citizens register, […]