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Internet and Social Media Blackouts Are Hurting Businesses in Pakistan
May 06, 2021

Internet and Social Media Blackouts Are Hurting Businesses in Pakistan

By Shahid Afzal Khan
The internet offers Pakistan a path for sustainable economic growth. Government “security” policies must not get in its way.

Amid US Pullout, Taliban Issue Threat to Afghan Journalists
May 06, 2021

Amid US Pullout, Taliban Issue Threat to Afghan Journalists

By Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar
The Taliban warned journalists to stop giving “one-sided news in support of Afghanistan's intelligence" service or "face the consequences."
Staunch Anti-India Kashmir Politician Dies in Police Custody
May 05, 2021

Staunch Anti-India Kashmir Politician Dies in Police Custody

By Aijaz Hussain
Mohammed Ashraf Sehrai had been in jail for nearly a year under the Public Safety Act.

Pandemic Second Wave Presents a Moment of Reckoning for Modi – and Indian Politics
May 05, 2021

Pandemic Second Wave Presents a Moment of Reckoning for Modi – and Indian Politics

By Asim Ali
While the BJP’s defeat in the West Bengal elections hardly marks a referendum against Modi, rising middle class anger could indeed reverse his fortunes.

Violence Remains High in Afghanistan as US Withdrawal Begins
May 04, 2021

Violence Remains High in Afghanistan as US Withdrawal Begins

By Catherine Putz
Since the U.S.-Taliban peace deal, Afghan casualties -- both military and civilian -- have soared. That bodes ill for the future.

Du Youkang on China’s Stake in Afghanistan
May 04, 2021

Du Youkang on China’s Stake in Afghanistan

By Shannon Tiezzi
What the peace process and U.S. withdrawal means for Beijing.

Virus Second Wave Sweeps Away Modi’s House of Cards
May 04, 2021

Virus Second Wave Sweeps Away Modi’s House of Cards

By Abhimanyu Chandra
For the past seven years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has privileged optics over substance. That strategy has now spectacularly failed.
West Bengal Elections: Mamata Banerjee Pushes Modi’s BJP Back
May 04, 2021

West Bengal Elections: Mamata Banerjee Pushes Modi’s BJP Back

By Sudha Ramachandran
Banerjee, a gritty street fighter, could very well emerge as leader of a unified opposition, complicating the BJP’s calculations for the 2024 general elections.

Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan
May 03, 2021

Russia, Central Asian States Worry About Instability in Afghanistan

By Umida Hashimova
Military officials in Russia and Central Asia agree to unite efforts as they prepare for a worsening of the situation in Afghanistan. 

Afghanistan Fears Impending COVID-19 Crisis  
May 03, 2021

Afghanistan Fears Impending COVID-19 Crisis  

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad
The rise of COVID-19 cases coupled with health missteps in the war-torn country spread fear of a tragedy amid a raging war.

Rural India Likely To Be Hit by India’s COVID-19 Tsunami
May 03, 2021

Rural India Likely To Be Hit by India’s COVID-19 Tsunami

By Sudha Ramachandran
Massive state elections rallies and religious festivals are likely to bring the disease home for many living in rural India.
Indian Leader’s Party Takes Electoral Hit Amid Virus Surge
May 03, 2021

Indian Leader’s Party Takes Electoral Hit Amid Virus Surge

By Ashok Sharma
Meanwhile, health experts say the massive electoral rallies have fueled India's terrifying COVID-19 outbreak.

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