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  • India and Pakistan fought 3 wars over Kashmir – here’s why international law and US help can’t solve this territorial dispute

    The scene in Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir, after an Aug. 10, 2021, grenade attack by militants that wounded at least nine civilians. Kashmir has experienced sporadic violence for more than seven decades, including three wars. Yawar Nazir/...

  • How to Stop Terrorism in Europe

    [By Brahma Chellaney]   BERLIN – Europe is under pressure. Integrating asylum-seekers and other migrants – 1.1 million in Germany alone in 2015 – into European society poses a major challenge, one that has been complicated by a spike in crimes c...

  • Since ancient Greece, the Olympics and bribery have gone hand in hand

    [By Nigel Crowther] As a professor of classical studies, I’ve noticed some remarkable differences and similarities between the modern and ancient Olympic Games. The medals, the torch relay and events for females didn’t exist in the ancient games, but...

  • Britain votes to leave the EU, here’s what happens next

    |By Gavin Barrett, The Conversation| Britain has voted to leave the European Union. This is having an immediate effect on markets. It is also having immediate political ramifications. David Cameron has announced he will not continue in his role as Br...

  • Asia’s Troubled Water

    [By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – Asia’s water woes are worsening. Already the world’s driest continent in per capita terms, Asia now faces a severe drought that has parched a vast region extending from southern Vietnam to central India. This has exa...

  • Confessions Of A Pakistani National

    Anyone who has ever traveled abroad will tell you that no matter where you go, no matter how developed the country it is that you’re travelling to, if you are a British national or a Caucasian American, the doors become friendlier. The security...

  • Brussels attacks show just how desperate Islamic State has become

    [Ben Rich|The Conversation] Islamic State (IS) was quick to claim responsibility for bombings at two major transportation hubs in Brussels on Tuesday that left at least 30 people dead. With attacks like these, the group is seeking to sow fear among i...

  • The Limits of Capitalism with Communist Characteristics

    [By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – As US President Barack Obama prepares to embark on an historic visit to Cuba, the future of the communist-ruled island is the subject of widespread speculation. Some observers are hoping that the ongoing shift toward...

  • Saudi Arabia’s Phony War on Terror

    [By Brahma Chellaney] Berlin– Containing the scourge of Islamist terror will be impossible without containing the ideology that drives it: Wahhabism, a messianic, jihad-extolling form of Sunni fundamentalism whose international expansion has been ban...

India and Pakistan fought 3 wars over Kashmir – here’s why international law and US help can’t solve this territorial dispute

The scene in Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir, after an Aug. 10, 2021, grenade attack by militants that wounded at least nine civilians. Kashmir has experienced sporadic violence for more than seven decades, including three wars. Yawar Nazir/Getty Images Bulbul Ahmed, Bangladesh University of Professionals An armed conflict in Kashmir has thwarted all attempts to solve it for three quarters of ...

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How to Stop Terrorism in Europe

[By Brahma Chellaney]   BERLIN – Europe is under pressure. Integrating asylum-seekers and other migrants – 1.1 million in Germany alone in 2015 – into European society poses a major challenge, one that has been complicated by a spike in crimes committed by new arrivals. Making matters worse, many European Muslims have become radicalized, with some heading to Iraq and ...

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Since ancient Greece, the Olympics and bribery have gone hand in hand

[By Nigel Crowther] As a professor of classical studies, I’ve noticed some remarkable differences and similarities between the modern and ancient Olympic Games. The medals, the torch relay and events for females didn’t exist in the ancient games, but the four-year cycle and the concept of a major sports spectacle still continue. Yet while both versions have purported to observe ...

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Britain votes to leave the EU, here’s what happens next

|By Gavin Barrett, The Conversation| Britain has voted to leave the European Union. This is having an immediate effect on markets. It is also having immediate political ramifications. David Cameron has announced he will not continue in his role as British prime minister. Legally speaking, though, the process of actually leaving will take some time. Britain will now enter a kind of ...

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Asia’s Troubled Water

[By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – Asia’s water woes are worsening. Already the world’s driest continent in per capita terms, Asia now faces a severe drought that has parched a vast region extending from southern Vietnam to central India. This has exacerbated political tensions, because it has highlighted the impact of China’s dam-building policy on the environment and on water ...

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Confessions Of A Pakistani National

Anyone who has ever traveled abroad will tell you that no matter where you go, no matter how developed the country it is that you’re travelling to, if you are a British national or a Caucasian American, the doors become friendlier. The security becomes less pressurising. Visa queues are shorter. Procedures are simpler. If you’re a brown Pakistani man (or ...

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Brussels attacks show just how desperate Islamic State has become

[Ben Rich|The Conversation] Islamic State (IS) was quick to claim responsibility for bombings at two major transportation hubs in Brussels on Tuesday that left at least 30 people dead. With attacks like these, the group is seeking to sow fear among its enemies, maintain itself as the forerunner in the global jihadi brand war with al-Qaeda, and maintain the veneer ...

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The Limits of Capitalism with Communist Characteristics

[By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – As US President Barack Obama prepares to embark on an historic visit to Cuba, the future of the communist-ruled island is the subject of widespread speculation. Some observers are hoping that the ongoing shift toward capitalism, which has been occurring very gradually for five years under Raúl Castro’s direction, will naturally lead Cuba toward ...

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Saudi Arabia’s Phony War on Terror

[By Brahma Chellaney] Berlin– Containing the scourge of Islamist terror will be impossible without containing the ideology that drives it: Wahhabism, a messianic, jihad-extolling form of Sunni fundamentalism whose international expansion has been bankrolled by oil-rich sheikhdoms, especially Saudi Arabia. That is why the newly announced Saudi-led anti-terror coalition, the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, should be viewed with ...

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Hollywood places tribal lives under threat

A new film may have dangerous consequences for small hunters, writes Mari Marcel Thekaekara. ‘Kill the hunter-gatherers’, the last surviving people in Africa who still subsist through foraging and hunting, appears to be a new fad doing the rounds. Put like that it sounds exaggerated, but examine the jargon, the sophisticated plea to be ‘firm’ with poachers. The call to ...

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