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Kach(in) 22: Myanmar’s Opening & Beijing’s Headache on the Sino-Burmese Border

Kach(in) 22: Myanmar’s Opening & Beijing’s Headache on the Sino-Burmese Border

By Jeremy Luedi, Writer and Analyst
Location Canada Canada

Myanmar has begun to transition from isolated junta to one which is increasingly embracing democracy. This shift in outlook is reflected by the creation in 2005 of a new capital Naypyidaw: 320km (199 mi) from the old British colonial capital of Yangon (Rangoon). For decades prior Myanmar had been viewed as an insular military dictatorship akin to fellow hermit kingdom North Korea sans nuclear weapons and eccentric dynasties. If the country—a product of the partition […]

January 20, 2015 · 0 comments · Asia, Myanmar, Politics
Democracy and National Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Towards a Peaceful Equation?

Democracy and National Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Towards a Peaceful Equation?

By Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research, South Asia Democratic Forum
Location Germany Germany

The new Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has to carry out far-reaching constitutional and economic reforms. Sri Lanka not only symbolizes the oldest and longest democratic tradition among post-colonial societies but also an authoritarian shift and one of Asia’s most traumatic civil wars. The armed conflict between the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), that mainly comprised of members of the Buddhist Sinhalese majority, and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which claimed to represent […]

January 20, 2015 · 1 comment · Politics, South Asia
The Clash Within and Without

The Clash Within and Without

By Zubair Torwali, Researcher, Linguist and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

In the past there were few Muslim intellectuals in Western academia who were bridges between the West and East. For the last few decades, particularly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Muslims have faced multiple challenges. The world was pushed into another hostile environment by the force of narratives obviously manipulated by the powerful capitalist class in Western industrialized societies. They refurbished the old model of the clash of history and of the recent […]

January 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality
Reforming the Reformers in Balochistan

Reforming the Reformers in Balochistan

By Adnan Aamir, Freelance Researcher, Analyst and Columnist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

The Chief Minister’s Policy Reforms Unit (CMPRU) has been hailed as a revolutionary step of the Balochistan chief minister by many analysts. QUETTA — The Chief Minister’s Policy Reforms Unit (CMPRU) is an autonomous organization established in 2013 to provide research-based policy support to the Balochistan government. A discovery of errors in its recent publications and structural flaws prove that CMPRU needs reforms. On December 8, 2014 CMPRU launched a set of publications that it has […]

January 19, 2015 · 0 comments · Balochistan, Pakistan, Politics
Charlie Hebdo Reveals Failure in Understanding Values

Charlie Hebdo Reveals Failure in Understanding Values

By Moheb Arsalan J, Afghan Analyst
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

The terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo magazine was an unjustified act of violence. Those carrying out the attack meant to infuse a vicious circle of hatred and divide, and may have succeeded in doing so. However, as common citizens of this world we need to avoid pointing fingers and instead unite as the one human race against this vicious aim. Violence is not a response to such acts, especially if those targeted are innocent civilians. […]

January 16, 2015 · 0 comments · Culture, Islam, Spirituality
Provocative Terrorism and the Muslim World

Provocative Terrorism and the Muslim World

By Jameel-ur-Rehman Zaib, Visiting Lecturer at Preston University Islamabad
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Encouraging provocative terrorism in the disguise of freedom of expression is a cure too little, too late. The recent spate of terrorism in France, the first of its kind since World War II, has shaken the Western world by foundations which left behind 12 dead and the whole of French nation under serious trauma. This is not the end. France is more vulnerable; in fact, the entire West is vulnerable to certain terrorist assault not […]

January 16, 2015 · 0 comments · France, Politics
Ask Assad if ISIS will be Destroyed

Ask Assad if ISIS will be Destroyed

By Farid Ghadry, President of the Reform Party of Syria
Location United States United States

Anyone who thinks ISIS, now an important global brand of terror, is about to be destroyed, think again. Consider the ultimate Arab game almost all the rulers play in the Middle East. It has no rules and one goal: Divert the attention away from one’s weakness. We invented it and we are masters at playing it. We have been diverting the attention towards Israel ever since the Palestinian exodus of 1947. Today, both the Syrian […]

January 16, 2015 · 2 comments · Politics, Syria