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OPINION – Time to add Myanmar’s most influential genocidal monk Sitagu to ICC List

August 5, 2020

In November last year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) moved to begin the full investigation into Myanmar’s violent international crimes and other events connected to the exodus of Rohingya from western Myanmar in decades.   In August 2017, Myanmar Tatmadaw, or the military, launched the “Security Clearance Operations,” which resulted in the exodus of 750,000 […]

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‘Annexation clips separate identity of Kashmir’

August 4, 2020

Top leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that annexation of Jammu and Kashmir last year has removed a notion that it was a separate entity.   “There was a smell of a separate entity in the state. There were anti-national activities due to this, resulting in law and order problems. Now, we […]

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Kashmir annexation ejects locals from official machinery

August 4, 2020

When India annexed and reduced Jammu and Kashmir to a centrally administered territory exactly a year ago, observers felt the move was aimed at changing the region’s Muslim-majority character.   While it may take years to enforce huge demographic changes, it appears that the local population has already been ejected from the official machinery, thus […]

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A year without school in Kashmir

August 4, 2020

In the midst of looming uncertainty and a coronavirus pandemic, schools in Indian-administered Kashmir have remained closed for a year, bringing education of children in the region to a standstill.   Parents and teachers say children are not able to focus on studies after a yearlong shutdown.   “It has become really difficult to manage […]

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‘Annexation of Kashmir ruptures Hindu-Muslim bond in Kashmir’

August 4, 2020

A former Indian Air Force (IAF) officer, representing Kashmiri Pandit (Hindu) community Kapil Kak said that India’s move to dissolve and annex the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir last year on Aug. 5 has increased alienation, despair, and fear in the region.   “Kashmiris have now become more distant from the rest of the […]

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OPINION – Time to add Myanmar’s most influential genocidal monk Sitagu to ICC List

August 4, 2020

In November last year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) moved to begin the full investigation into Myanmar’s violent international crimes and other events connected to the exodus of Rohingya from western Myanmar in decades.   In August 2017, Myanmar Tatmadaw, or the military, launched the “Security Clearance Operations,” which resulted in the exodus of 750,000 […]

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India: Mixed reactions to new education policy

August 3, 2020

Politicians and academics are divided in India about a new National Education Policy [NEP] 2020 that was approved last week and replaces a 34-year-old National Policy on Education (NPE).   Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet approved the policy Wednesday “making way for large scale, transformational reforms in both school and higher education sectors”.   The […]

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‘Talks between India, Pakistan, China vital for peace in Kashmir’

August 3, 2020

Former Indian government interlocutor Mohammad Mukhtar Ansari (MM Ansari) has said that India’s last year’s decision to annex Jammu and Kashmir was tantamount to breaching a sacred trust and understanding between the two sovereign states.       In an exclusive conversation with Anadolu Agency a year after Indian government’s last year Aug. 5 decisions, […]

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