Post Tagged with: "Asia"

A Land of Traumatized Historians

A Land of Traumatized Historians

By David Tejer, Cinematographer
Location Israel Israel

Here’s a parable: I’m sitting on a pillow in a cafe in Kathmandu. Except for the Nepali waiters, I’m surrounded by Israelis. The bizarre factor is stepped up by several notches when my waiter places the cup of Turkish coffee I’ve ordered on the table and casually says “Here you go, my brother” in slightly tinted Hebrew. I whisper to my travel mate that I feel out of place. We are both Israeli, but around […]

March 5, 2013 · 1 comment · Israel, Politics
Obama’s Second Term and Indian Strategic Concerns

Obama’s Second Term and Indian Strategic Concerns

By Asif Ahmed, Assistant Professor at University of Kurukshetra
Location India India

There is striking unanimity among analysts and commentators in India and the United States that President Barack Obama’s second term would herald fresh and by no means minor difficulties in Indo-US relations. Given the bipartisan support and evolving “strategic partnership” between the two democracies, India barely figured during the election campaign. Outsourcing and visas were mentioned but as a glancing reference as part of the poll rhetoric. Obama has said India figures “big” in his […]

February 28, 2013 · 1 comment · India, Politics, United States
Nepal: The Mega Transition

Nepal: The Mega Transition

By Nabin Kumar Chhetri, Author and Member of The Scottish Pen
Location Nepal Nepal

Nepal’s political gridlock has crossed all limits. The recent proposition to appoint Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi as prime minister with a team of technocrats has been met with mixed reactions. While the major political parties have ultimately dragged themselves to the point of agreement, another Maoist faction led by Vaidya has severely criticized the move. This is not the first time that Nepalese political parties have disagreed. Over the years, disagreement had become a […]

February 25, 2013 · 5 comments · Nepal, Politics
China Strategy for the Philippines

China Strategy for the Philippines

By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III, MA Student in Asian Studies at University of the Philippines Asian Center
Location Philippines Philippines

The standoff in the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines not only demonstrated Manila’s commitment to defend its maritime territory, but also Beijing’s determination to maintain its territorial aspirations at all costs. Knowing what strings to pull to pressure the Philippines, Beijing engaged in a series of de facto economic reprisals. For its part, the Philippines internationalized the issue in a bid to draw international opinion against China, with mixed fortunes. Indeed, while Philippine […]

February 22, 2013 · 2 comments · Philippines, Politics
Sitting Chief Justice May Lead Nepal Government

Sitting Chief Justice May Lead Nepal Government

By Keshav Prasad Bhattarai, Author and Columnist
Location Nepal Nepal

Khil Raj Regmi, the sitting Chief Justice of Nepal, may lead a new government to conduct the second election of the Constituent Assembly (CA). On Thursday evening, leaders of the major political parties have publicly admitted that in principle, they have reached a consensus. The ruling United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN) Maoist initially advocated this proposal on the first week of this month. Since then Nepali politics have stirred people and entered into a […]

February 15, 2013 · 0 comments · Nepal, Politics
The New Indian Political Dialogue

The New Indian Political Dialogue

By Amna Mirza, Assistant Professor in Political Studies at University of Delhi
Location India India

The recently concluded three-day long brain storming session by the main national party in India to deliberate over party policy and leadership for forthcoming national Parliament Elections in 2014 – known as Chintan Shivir – will be etched in people’s memory for years to come. This is for two reasons: Elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party vice president and his candid speech. The nation witnessed a stellar historic address at the Congress Chintan Shivir. The […]

February 1, 2013 · 0 comments · India, Politics
Egypt: Ikhwan at the Crossroads

Egypt: Ikhwan at the Crossroads

By Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a JUST World
Location Malaysia Malaysia

Egyptian opposition parties and their supporters should accept the results of the new Egyptian Constitution. There is no solid evidence of systemic cheating or massive manipulation of the referendum by the Mohamed Morsi government, as alleged earlier. 64% of those who voted endorsed the new Constitution. True, only 32% of the registered voters exercised their right. That in itself is not an argument against the validity of the poll. In some Western democracies, the voter […]

January 8, 2013 · 0 comments · Egypt, Politics