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Can the Taliban Actually Prevent Attacks Launched From Afghan Soil?
July 07, 2022

Can the Taliban Actually Prevent Attacks Launched From Afghan Soil?

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban promised, again, that Afghan soil would not be used to threaten the security of neighboring countries a day after five rockets landed in an Uzbek border town.

Economic Crisis Forces Sri Lanka to Shed Fears and Move Closer to US, Middle East
July 06, 2022

Economic Crisis Forces Sri Lanka to Shed Fears and Move Closer to US, Middle East

By P.K. Balachandran
Sri Lanka has accepted a USAID project to promote “productive democratic governance” and is seeking fuel on credit from Middle East.
China Takes Full Advantage of Taliban’s Isolation 
July 06, 2022

China Takes Full Advantage of Taliban’s Isolation 

By Niva Yau
Chinese interests in expanding its engagement in Afghanistan lies in opportunist thinking.

Twitter Files Lawsuit Against Indian Government in Court
July 06, 2022

Twitter Files Lawsuit Against Indian Government in Court

By Sheikh Saaliq
The Modi government has often directed Twitter to take down tweets or accounts that appear critical of its policies. Twitter has snapped back.

In Kashmir, ‘Conscious Music’ Tests India’s Limits on Speech
July 05, 2022

In Kashmir, ‘Conscious Music’ Tests India’s Limits on Speech

By Sheikh Saaliq and Aijaz Hussain
The strife-torn region is seeing the rise of protest music in English-language hip-hop and rap, a new anthem of resistance.

Islamophobia Exists in India’s Private Sector
July 05, 2022

Islamophobia Exists in India’s Private Sector

By Tarushi Aswani
A recent study reveals that there is significant discrimination against Muslim women across industries in entry-level jobs.

Afghan Clerics’ Assembly Urges Recognition of Taliban Government
July 04, 2022

Afghan Clerics’ Assembly Urges Recognition of Taliban Government

By Rahim Faiez
The gathering of Taliban officials and supporters warned Afghans against "any kind of cooperation" with the ISKP, the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate.
Amid Shortages and Turmoil, Sri Lanka Grinds to a Halt
July 03, 2022

Amid Shortages and Turmoil, Sri Lanka Grinds to a Halt

By M.R. Narayan Swamy
Sri Lankan economists warn that the country could face a famine-like situation in a few months.

Modi’s UAE Stopover to Give a Fillip to the India-UAE Partnership
July 02, 2022

Modi’s UAE Stopover to Give a Fillip to the India-UAE Partnership

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India had several reasons to seek a quick stabilization and reaffirmation of its relationship with the UAE.

Can India and ASEAN Lean on Each Other Amid ‘Systemic’ China-US Competition?
July 02, 2022

Can India and ASEAN Lean on Each Other Amid ‘Systemic’ China-US Competition?

By Shruti Pandalai
New Delhi, viewed by ASEAN as independent from both the U.S. and China, could help build this strategic trust.

Cups, Straws, Spoons: India Starts on Single-use Plastic Ban
July 01, 2022

Cups, Straws, Spoons: India Starts on Single-use Plastic Ban

By Aniruddha Ghosal
As a first step, India has identified 19 plastic items that aren't very useful but have a high potential to become litter, including plastic cups, straws, and ice cream sticks.
Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge Built Against All Odds
July 01, 2022

Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge Built Against All Odds

By Shafi Md Mostofa
Will the multi-purpose bridge, which is expected to boost the economy, yield electoral and political dividend for the ruling Awami League?

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