Will India Walk the Talk?

Parsing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Davos Speech   Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote address at the 48th annual World Economic Forum in Davos on 23 January 2018. He pitched the country as an investment destination to foreign companies and Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Mayhem in the Maldives: A pugnacious president confronts a court-driven crisis

  [The Maldives, with its abundance of scenic beauty endowed by nature, is unfortunately submerged by political turmoil. The current burgeoning crisis, which appears to be worsening by the day, could, unless properly addressed turn into a proxy war between India Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The impact of the Internet on Democracy and Democratic values: Fake News, Manipulation and Destabilization

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” Mahatma Gandhi   Introduction   Democracy has become a shared value around the world. It not only embodies the idea of representative government, but also of human rights.   Indeed, the term has become Thursday, February 8th, 2018

India-Bangladesh: The essential relationship

  Bangladesh revolution was unique in many ways. The number of people killed- upto 3 million according to the Bangladesh government- in the timespan of nine months, 10 million refugees sheltered in the neighbouring India, a guerrilla war fought against an Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Emerging contours in India-Israel relations: Progress, pit-falls and prospects

  [India has grown closer to Israel during Mr Narendra Modi’s period of office as Prime Minister. But he has also sought to maintain close ties with Israel’s foes - the Arab States and Iran - at the same time. The Thursday, January 25th, 2018

The Tunisian revolution seven years on

  Thirty years last November Zine el Abidine Ben Ali assumed power in Tunisia ending thereby the rule of ailing Habib Bourguiba who ruled the country since its independence in 1956. Ben Ali promised political reforms that lured large segments of Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Why can’t the United Nations bring peace to Yemen?

  By 2011 the international community had concluded that the Saleh regime needed to be replaced by one which would both implement the neo-liberal economic agenda and focus on counter terrorism.   Yemenis, speaking to journalists and other camera-bearing strangers, like many others Thursday, January 11th, 2018

The fight for human rights continues across the Middle East

  The Day of Rage may have been the beginning of Bahrain’s national uprising, but the roots of this civil resistance lay much deeper. The series of protests that erupted on 14 February 2011 were organised exactly ten years after the Thursday, January 11th, 2018

The next war: ISIS plus expertise

  President Trump has declared that ISIS has been defeated and victory is at hand. Haider al-Abadi's government in Baghdad has even held a victory parade. Such hubris may be questioned by referring to recent history. Similar claims were made when Thursday, December 28th, 2017

How lawyers fail migrants in the UK

  I strain to understand what Amir* is saying; his English is broken and the phone signal in Brook House immigration removal centre is notoriously bad. “I have a ticket for Friday” he says. It’s Monday. I’m not sure what to Thursday, December 28th, 2017
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