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India’s Kashmir quagmire

By Mon, Nov 22, 2010 5:40PM UTC

Kashmir reaps the whirlwind after the Indian state sows the wind, writes Asia Sentinel’s Amit Ranjan The imposition of draconian laws in the Kashmir Valley since 1991, like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Public Security Act, has enlarged the writ of security forces at the cost of

The endgame in Afghanistan

By Mon, Nov 22, 2010 5:34PM UTC

  Iran can of necessity play a major role in saving the US’s bacon in Afghanistan, writes Asia Sentinel’s Sreeram Chaulia Last month an extraordinary diplomatic development occurred in Rome with the potential to seed a long-term solution for Afghanistan’s security and stability. For the first time, the government of

Burma halts 9 magazines that sold Suu Kyi covers

By Mon, Nov 22, 2010 5:14PM UTC

Government censors in military-ruled Burma have ordered nine magazines to suspend publication for not following regulations. The magazine Weekly Eleven reports in its latest issue that the Press Scrutiny board did not say how the privately owned local magazines violated regulations. However, all nine printed photos of recently released pro-democracy

Scientist: NKorea has ‘stunning’ new nuke facility

By Mon, Nov 22, 2010 12:00PM UTC

North Korea’s claim of a new, highly sophisticated uranium enrichment facility could be a ploy to win concessions in nuclear talks or an attempt to bolster leader Kim Jong Il’s apparent heir. But whatever the reason for the revelation, which a seasoned American nuclear scientist called “stunning,” it provides a

Thousands rally in Taiwan to back China policy

By Mon, Nov 22, 2010 11:24AM UTC

Several thousand people waved banners and chanted in Taiwan’s capital Sunday to express their support for President Ma Ying-jeou’s (pictured) policy of engaging China ahead of key elections later this week. Ma’s Nationalist Party and the pro-independence opposition Democratic Progressive Party are battling for control of five of Taiwan’s biggest