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Afghanistan’s Dostum Problem

Whether Afghanistan's First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum is convicted or not, there will be anger and accusations that the rule of law has been cheated.

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Panamagate: Time to Face up the Reality?

Had an issue like Panama Papers leaks confronted a leader next door in India or in Europe, he or she would have faded into history immediately. But in Pakistan, unfortunately, the ruling party is equating the inquiry into the assets of an incumbent prime minister to an attack on democracy.

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Hindutva Terrorism in India

Cow vigilantism is pre-meditated, politically motivated, and seeks to build fear in a community. That makes it terrorism.

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Iran-Pakistan at the Crossroads?

At the time of the Shah, Iran and Pakistan enjoyed amicable relations, with cooperation across multiple issues. With so many points of contention emerging in recent years, it is a markedly more tense relationship today.

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Trump’s Meeting With Putin Blurs US-Russia Relations

A foreign policy expert takes a look at how the high-profile exchange between the U.S. and Russian leaders went down.

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Contempt for the Constitution

Pakistan’s powerful power brokers in Islamabad and province of Sindh, sensing threat of fair accountability, have declared war on state institutions and the law.

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Sri Lanka Muted on Rising Religious Violence

The Sri Lankan government may fear that the opposition political parties and Buddhist nationalist groups will come together if it cracks down on the perpetrators of religious violence. But the government must act decisively. If this problem is permitted to go on unchecked, it will only get worse.

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A Burning Issue

What ignited the oil tanker inferno in Pakistan's Punjab province is irrelevant. Enough medical facilities to cope with major burn injuries at mass level is what needs urgent measures. What would Pakistan do in a nuclear event? To save lives the treating of major burns must start in the first “golden hour”, only possible with regional Burn Centers established on an emergency basis in major cities throughout Pakistan.

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Where are the Teesta Waters?

Days before the monsoon rains, The Third Pole explored the length of the Teesta river in West Bengal and Sikkim to see how much water is flowing, and where it is going in the eight lean months of the year.

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Republican Health Care Bills Defy the Party’s Own Ideology

The health care bill proposed by Senate Republicans was little better than the House version, which begs an important question: Who's driving health care law – a free market, or insurance companies?

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