Views Digest

September, 2013

  • 22 September

    Afghanistan’s Evolving Election Scenario

    Nominations for the Afghan presidency opened on September 16, 2013 and with this milestone the country formally entered the pre-election period. Over the next seven months Afghanistan will be turned into one great reality TV show, watched by the world, while the candidates practice our unique brand of politics. In the run up to nominations, the alternating announcements of electoral …

  • 22 September

    Myanmar’s Stateless Rohingyas

    Every human being has the right to live in his birthplace irrespective of religion, color and race. But in case of Rohingyas in Myanmar, it is different and difficult. Rohingyas ( an ethnic group who practice Islam and speak Rohingya) have been living in the state of Arakan in Myanmar since the 8th century, but have not been recognized as citizens. After decades of oppression …

  • 22 September

    What House Continuing Resolution Means to You?

      This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action The House of Representatives has passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through Dec. 15 and withhold funding for the Affordable Care Act. The 230-189 vote comes just 10 days before a possible shutdown and includes instructions authorizing the Treasury “to pay some bills and not …

  • 21 September

    Agriculture Trade Rules Must Protect World’s Poorest

    The Agreement on Agriculture negotiated in the Uruguay Round was expected to bring about a structural change in the global agricultural trade and lead to efficient agricultural producers. Yet despite several further rounds of negotiations there has been minimal progress on all issues related to the Agreement and agricultural trade continues to be distorted. Given the prevalence of these distortions and …

  • 21 September

    Bangladesh’s Nuclear Plant — A Disaster in Waiting

    The government is all set to get a nuclear power plant built, using Uranium 236 as the reactor fuel at Rooppur in Pabna. Of utmost concern is that Russia, which is due to supply the nuclear power plant, experienced the biggest number of civilian fatalities, injuries and related radiation sickness following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Officially, many hundreds were killed, …

  • 20 September

    Combating Impunity of Crimes Against Media in Pakistan

    Media in Pakistan continues to face grave threats, including threats to the lives of journalists. The recent statistics are stark. Over 60 journalists have been killed in the last six years (2007 to 2013) – about two-thirds of them shot dead in target killings and the rest killed in suicide attacks and bombings in public places. On average, for each journalist …

  • 20 September

    Russia’s Pivot to Eurasia And The Battle For Ukraine

    Nearly one year after the APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia’s trade policy focus seems to have drifted away from the Asia Pacific. Russia has reverted to a relatively silent profile in APEC, showed ambivalence towards the economic dialogue with ASEAN, and suspended negotiations for an FTA with New Zealand after the last negotiating round was held in July 2012. There …

  • 20 September

    Indian Politics — Memory Versus Forgetting

    “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting,’ novelist Milan Kundera wrote. Indeed, those who wield power often try to efface the imprints of their despicable past, recreating on the slate of a cleansed public memory an endearing image of themselves. Yet, their darkled past returns to haunt them because of individuals who want to …

  • 19 September

    Sri Lanka’s Vertical Theory of Democracy

    I feel we are living in a vertical democracy. As the President of the country stated, we do have elections on a regular basis. We are governed by a Constitution, which establishes democratic institutions of governance. One can check the boxes: Sri Lanka has an Executive, Parliament, a Judiciary, and universal franchise is an age-old tradition in the country. This …

  • 19 September

    De-Weaponizing Pakistan’s Most Violent City

    The paramilitary Rangers “targeted operation” to restore peace to Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi under the direction of the provincial Sindh government commenced on a low-key basis, a number of ‘suspects’ taken into custody and some arms and ammunition seized. It remains to be seen whether putting the operation into high gear will make an improvement, the lawlessness continues as …