May 27, 2017

New Low in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Balochistan province was closed after the unprovoked firing by Afghan border guards. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan may not be doing enough to deny the Afghan Taliban a safe haven on its soil, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani must also appreciate the reality that trust is a two-way street. His intransigence has upset peace proponents. Read More »

Why We Choose Terrible Passwords, And How to Fix Them

(Photo by Automobile Italia, CC license)

The first line of cyber defense is having a good password. What does research say about what that actually means? Read More »

China’s Message to Neighbors

Gwader, the heart of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. (Photo by umairadeeb, CC license)

Chinese initiatives are rooted in a belief that trade and development alone can provide the much needed political stability to the region. Read More »

Reflections on Polls in Indian-Administered Kashmir

Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has been turning to Twitter to highlight atrocities by Indian security forces.

The international community should respond to the brutal suppression of Kashmiris and minimize the possibility of unimaginable nuclear disaster that looms on South Asia. Read More »

Understanding George Maragos’ Grass-root Politics

Comptroller George Maragos addressing a reception of Khyber Society in Hempstead, Long Island on April 22.

Long Island politician is an emerging star for many in Nassau County's immigrant vote bank. Read More »

A Govt. Shutdown May Delay Billions in Tax Refunds

Even if Congress follows the spending levels set by the existing budget deal, a shutdown is still possible. (Photo by Stephen Melkisethian, CC license)

A two-week government shutdown, if Congress and President Trump fail reach an agreement on budget, would hold up the tax refunds of roughly 2.5 million families, delaying nearly $8 billion in refunds. Read More »

Anger in Bangladesh Over Defense MoUs with India

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in New Delhi during her April 7-11 visit to India. (Photo via video stream)

The South Asian nation is witnessing unprecedented rise in anti-India sentiment following Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s landmark visit to India, writes one analyst. Read More »

Pakistan’s Cotton Production to Go Up

Pakistan's cotton production is likely to go up. (Photo by Asian Development Bank, CC license)

Despite long dry spell, Pakistan is headed to mix results of its agriculture production for 2017/18. Read More »

South Asia Braces for Intense Heat This Summer

It is already too hot to step out in the sun. (mage by: Swaminathan).

With temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius in many places and a weak monsoon forecast, southern Asia is likely to suffer through yet another recording-breaking summer Read More »

Turkey’s Dangerous Referendum

Erdogan has not lost an election since 1994. (Photo by PASOK, CC license)

Turkey's leader will apparently stop at nothing to centralize power — and every move that backfires makes him even more desperate. Read More »