India Strengthens Defence Ties with Bangladesh

India Strengthens Defence Ties with Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina concluded a four-day trip to India last week—her first visit since 2010—during which she signed a range of defence and other agreements to strengthen relations between the two countries. India, backed by the US, is keen to undermine its regional rival China’s growing influence in Bangladesh. Last June, Indian Prime…

Facing Disaster: The Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar

Facing Disaster: The Muslim Rohingya of Myanmar

The plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority from Myanmar, mirrors the struggle of the Palestinians, the Sahrawi and other oppressed Muslim groups which have suffered from decades of relentless state-backed persecution Farouk’s restrained manner contrasted unsettlingly with the slow creep of tears along the fringes of his cheeks. A fine-featured, skeletal middle-aged man, (his…

2017 Forecast: South Asia

2017 Forecast: South Asia

Summary The joint US-Indian Hybrid War on CPEC will come to define the forthcoming years, but just as equally so might be India’s internal problems brought about by its poorly conceived and sloppily implemented “demonetization”, which has accelerated calls for a federal devolution of the state and might eventually provoke more intense insurgencies. Also, it…

South Asia: Greater Eurasia Scenarios
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South Asia: Greater Eurasia Scenarios

Big Bangladesh A “Greater Bangladesh” could be created if nationalist forces within or immediately outside of the country seek to unite the neighboring ethnic diaspora, which in this case would include those in Myanmar’s Rakhine State (commonly called “Rohingya” by the Western mainstream media just as they invented the fake term “Kosovar” to justify the…

Rivers of Blood: Streets of Dhaka Turn Red After Eid Animal Sacrifices

Rivers of Blood: Streets of Dhaka Turn Red After Eid Animal Sacrifices

The streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh have turned into ‘rivers of blood’ after floodwaters absorbed the bloody effluent from animal sacrifices marking the Islamic celebration of Eid al-Adha. Thousands of sheep, goats and cows are slaughtered as part of the annual Muslim holiday marking the end of Dhu al-Hiijah and their meat is traditionally distributed to…