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‘Democracy in India is in grave danger’

MUMBAI: One of India’s best known politicians, former finance and foreign minister Yashwant Sinha, quit the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party was undermining democratic institutions. Sinha, who served as a minister in the first BJP-led governments headed …

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Rolling back militancy: Bangladesh looks to Saudi in a twist of irony

By James M. Dorsey Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past decade traced its roots to …

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Turning Qatar into an Island: Saudi cuts off its nose to spite its face

By James M. Dorsey There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well as a military base. If …

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The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Politics of Middle Eastern Soccer

By James M. Dorsey Edited remarks at The Beautiful Game? Identity, Resentment, and Discrimination in Football and Fan Cultures conference, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin, 12-13 April 2018 The virtually continuous role of soccer as a key player in the history and development of …

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Navigating the Afghan challenge

BY CH AMANAT ALI Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent day-long trip to Kabul represented a serious and well-thought-out effort to reach out to the Afghan leadership with an aim to stop relations between both the countries from further deteriorating. The talks he held with …

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China moves to counter violent and non-violent expressions of Uighur identity

By James M. Dorsey China is moving on multiple fronts to pre-empt in the short-term Uighur foreign fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq from reasserting themselves in Central Asia and longer term prevent the emergence of an ever more vocal Diaspora like what Tibetans have achieved. …

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Islam in Germany: Century-old ‘Tobacco Mosque’

BY ERTAN KARPAZLI Dresden, the capital of Germany’s eastern state of Saxony, has been associated with the surge of neo-Nazi, anti-Muslim sentiment as of late. The city is the birthplace of the PEGIDA movement, founded in October 2014 to protest what its self-proclaimed “Patriotic European” …

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Successful test fire cruise missile Babur: Pakistan achieves ‘credible second strike capability’

BY TARIQ KHAN ISLAMABAD : Pakistan on Thursday conducted another successful test fire of indigenously developed Submarine Launched Cruise Missile Babur, having a range of 450 kms, Inter Services Public Relations said. According to ISPR, the media wing of the military, the missile was fired …

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Egyptian ultras: Down but not out

By James M. Dorsey Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a second term virtually unchallenged in what is widely seen as a flawed election. The run-up to the poll, including a soccer protest, suggests, however, that it will take more than a democratic whitewash to …

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KSA moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?

By James M. Dorsey In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but …

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