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Suu Kyi forecast to triumph in virus-hit Myanmar election
Asia, Conflict, World

Suu Kyi forecast to triumph in virus-hit Myanmar election

Suu Kyi forecast to triumph in virus-hit Myanmar election The election will be just the second since Myanmar nation emerged from nearly half a century of junta rule in 2011. YANGON: Polls opened in Myanmar on Sunday morning for a vote expected to return to power the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains a hero at home in spite of a reputation abroad shattered by the Rohingya crisis. The election will be just the second since the Southeast Asian nation emerged from nearly half a century of junta rule in 2011. Five years ago Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory, but was forced by the constitution into an uneasy power-sharing agreement with the still-mighty military. This time the civilian leader -- in a bid to maintain an absolute majority -- has i...
Pakistani PM angers India with plan to change Kashmir status
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Pakistani PM angers India with plan to change Kashmir status

ISLAMAB - Pakistan’s prime minister has rekindled controversy with archrival India this week by pledging to make part of the Pakistani-administered Himalayan region of Kashmir officially part his country. Imran Khan’s pledge to declare the area of Gilgit-Baltistan — which is part of the Pakistani-ruled Kashmir — the fifth province of Pakistan promptly angered neighbouring India, which itself last year revoked decades-old semi-autonomous status for the Indian-controlled sector of Kashmir. At the time, New Delhi divided the Muslim-majority region into two federally governed territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — touching off anger on both sides of the frontier. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government also annulled the region’s separate constitution. Indians will now be all
Iran’s Zarif urges UN to unite against US unilateral actions
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Iran’s Zarif urges UN to unite against US unilateral actions

TANZANIA, Tanzania - Iran’s foreign minister used his speech for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations to accuse the United States of initiating or joining eight wars since 200 that displaced 37 million people and resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and “unprecedented extremism.” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a virtual speech to the U.N. General Assembly that it was time for the 193-member world body “to recommit itself to stand up -- united -- against unilateralism and war” promoted by the United States. Zarif’s speech had scheduled to be broadcast on Sept. 21 when world leaders commemorated the U.N.’s 75th anniversary. But there were so many speakers that the speeches of 58 leaders and ministers were carried over and only shown Monday, two days after U.N
With OBOR, China is trying to do what Anglo-Americans did in last 300 years: Historian
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With OBOR, China is trying to do what Anglo-Americans did in last 300 years: Historian

In a sharp criticism of the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) project, Albanian historian Olsi Jazexhi has revealed how the Chinese government is following the Britain model for its imperialist plan with the Belt and Road Initiative.The project, which started in 2013, comprises both overland and maritime access routes through the installation of new, as well as up-gradation of existing transport and communication infrastructure in countries hoping to reap the dividends.Regarding China's OBOR project, Olsi, in an interview said that "Imperialism usually comes with trade. Then, later come the soldiers who will defend the traders, and later they will topple the government. This is how imperialism works."Over the long-term impact of the OBOR on Xinjiang, the historian said, "The conflict over Xinji...
Soldiers without ranks
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Soldiers without ranks

Young Muslims trained in arms and light ammunition are sought after pawns in the markets of conflict and turmoil. Wearing the masks of Islam, they are out to create mayhem and massacre. In most cases, theses forces are out to challenge the State and its well-structured armies and police forces. In old times, such confrontations were a part of the game between rulers and their opponents.However, in modern times, the rules of the game have changed. Generally, the confrontations take place according to rules of war, as well as according to the international law approved by international community. But in this case, the engagement and employment of pawns is either overlooked or ignored. This strategic game was being played in pre-colonial and even colonial era as a state craft.The rulers who u...
Law enforcement preps for potential election-related unrest
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Law enforcement preps for potential election-related unrest

WASHINGTON - Federal and state law enforcement officials have begun expanded preparations for the possibility of widespread unrest at the polls on Election Day, a response to extraordinarily high tensions among voters and anxieties about safety stoked in part by President Donald Trump. FBI and local officials in several states have been conducting drills, running through worse-case scenarios, setting up command centres to improve co-ordination on reports of violence and voter intimidation, and issuing public warnings that any crime that threatens the sanctity of a Nov. 3 vote will not be tolerated. The efforts are broader and more public-facing than in past years as fears grow over the potential for violent clashes in cities across the United States. Law enforcement officials say they ar...
3 politicians from India’s ruling party killed in Kashmir
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3 politicians from India’s ruling party killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India - Assailants shot and killed three politicians from India’s ruling party in Kashmir late Thursday, police said, blaming militants fighting against Indian rule in the disputed region. Militants fired at the three members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, in southern Kulgam district, police said in a statement. The three were taken to a hospital, where they died, it said. The party says they were members of the BJP’s youth wing and one was general secretary of the party’s Kulgam district. In a tweet, the BJP condemned the killings, calling them a “barbaric terror attack.” “Those who are responsible for this will not be spared,” it said. Government forces launched a search for the shooters, police said. Officials did not immediately reveal o
Xi’s ability to intimidate runs dry as China fails to subdue Indian troops at LAC
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Xi’s ability to intimidate runs dry as China fails to subdue Indian troops at LAC

Gordon G Chang, a lawyer and commentator said that it is clear that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ability to intimidate anyone has significantly reduced after Beijing’s failure to tackle Indian troops on the Line of Actual Control (LAC).In an opinion article, Chang said, “the Chinese President has risked his future with the failed high-profile incursions of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into more areas of the LAC, the border between India and China”.“Xi is the architect of these aggressive moves into India and the Chinese troops have unexpectedly flopped. The failures of the Chinese Army at the LAC will have consequences and will give Xi an excuse to pick up the pace of replacing adversaries in the armed forces with loyal elements,” Chang said.However, these failures motivate Xi, who
India should take a stand on Tibet policy amid CCP’s aggression on the border: Experts
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India should take a stand on Tibet policy amid CCP’s aggression on the border: Experts

The Indian government must review the One China Policy and take a stand on Tibet as India’s future and values is intertwined with Tibet’s independence amid China’s aggressive actions on the border, said experts on the issue.On the eve of October 1st, when China was celebrating its National day, commemorating 71years of Communist Party rule, Indian security and strategic affairs think tank Usanas Foundation had organized a Webinar to bring the global attention to the forgotten Tibetan cause.The focus of the webinar was on the 'Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2019', its impact on the future course of the United States of America's policy directives towards Tibet, and the possible spillover effect on New Delhi's 'One China policy' and the Tibetan resistance movement.The U.S Bill will certainl
Madrassah education: A wrong reverse gear
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Madrassah education: A wrong reverse gear

The knowledge imparted in Madrassah has been an important constituent of Islamic Education all over the world. This education has equally been a target of censure and critical appraisal from time to time. It has been argued that this type of education is structured to take the young minds back to more than 1500 years. The objective, according to strategic experts, is to land them back psychologically and emotionally in those very social and cultural settings that existed at that time.It is an interesting psychological, emotional and political game. The case studies reveal that terror tactics tethered with this type of education have produced radicalized cadres and their allies to either be engaged directly with the state in the armed conflicts or get involved with low key proxy wars. The e...