After victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Kurds face tricky peace

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Kurdish groups who led the fight against ISIS in its former capital Raqqa must navigate a complex peace to avoid ethnic tension with the city’s Arab majority and to secure critical US aid.The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which finally vanquished ISIS in Raqqa on Tuesday face a big task rebuilding a city left in ruins by months of intense fighting and heavy air strikes by the US-led coalition.The political challenge is no less daunting in a city that falls outside the ...

‘Starting life over’: Rohingya flee violence by boat, foot and truck

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Dozens of people emerged from the dark, eerie waters, carrying babies, small children and stuffed plastic bags through the depth of the night, their faces barely visible under the dim stars. Setting foot on the remote shores of Shah Porir island in southern Bangladesh, they were the lucky ones. One of the small wooden fishing boats carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing from Myanmar capsized last week, killing dozens, their lifeless bodies dragged away by the current. They swept up on the shores ...

Braid cutters deepen divide between Indian Kashmiris, security forces

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A dark and inexplicable mystery is fueling confrontation and deepening the divide between ordinary Kashmiris and security forces in India’s most volatile province. As many as 105 cases of braid-cutting or hair chopping of women have been registered in police stations against unknown assailants across Jammu & Kashmir, especially the Valley, triggering mass hysteria forcing authorities to snap Internet, stop train services, detain separatists and even resort to firing. In one of the ...

India’s top court waives 6-month wait to speed up divorces

Monday, 16 October 2017

Estranged Hindu couples seeking a hassle-free divorce will no more have to play the waiting game with India’s highest court finally sparing a thought for spouses caught in the legal rigmarole of the holy deadlock. Legal eagles, culture vultures and social activists have all welcomed the Supreme Court’s path-breaking verdict asking family courts to waive off the six-month cooling-off period stipulated in the Hindu marriage Act if the warring spouses have mutually agreed to untie the ...

ANALYSIS: Trump’s new policy: Solidarity with Iran’s people

Monday, 16 October 2017

US President Donald Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal on Friday and referred the case to Congress. It remains to be seen what measures await Tehran, especially considering the highly intensive quarrel that brought us where we are today. What is certain, however, is that this marks a major US policy shift vis-à-vis Iran, having impact across the flashpoint Middle East. Ever since the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower back in the 1950s and since the CIA-backed the 1953 coup ...


Faces of the Rohingya

Thursday, 12 October 2017

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