Opinion


A Tale of Two COVID-19 Responses Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

By the time COVID-19 reached South Asia, it had already penetrated most other regions of the world. Pakistan was one of the first in the region to be hit. In late February, Shia pilgrims who had come in contact with Chinese pilgrims while visiting holy sites in Iran brought it home with them. Not..

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Sticks, Stones and Death in Galwan Valley Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Things along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalayas have rarely lacked interest, notably along the secretive, heavily patrolled 3,488 km Line of Actual Control. Neither China nor India have ever quite sorted out their differences on that front, plagued by territorial claims over unclearly..

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China’s “Peaceful Rise” Vanishes in Thin Air

COVID-19 isn’t the only threat that has crossed India’s borders this year. According to alarming reports from India’s defense ministry, China has deployed a “significant number” of troops across the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) along the countries’ Himalayan frontier. So far,..

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Hong Kong’s Moment of Truth Monday, June 15th, 2020

There was always something illusory about the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration that guaranteed the continuation of Hong Kong’s capitalist system and basic freedoms for 50 years after the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. The Joint Declaration had been made possible by Chinese..

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ALCOHOL AND YOUTH Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Today is a world full of stress and tension. In this new world, just the person who do hardwork and struggle, achieve success. Without hardwork, no one can succeed in his/her life. But when a person is having so much stress, he feels like depression and to avoid this he take liquor including..

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Every day is a new day  Saturday, June 13th, 2020

Our mind is an empty container and it is up to us what kind of materials we use to fill that space. It is our choice to fill it either with good things or bad things. If we fill that space with love, forgiveness, kindness, we will be tended to have positive thinking with the eagerness of making..

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Will Indian Media be the same after COVID 19 crisis ?

It is distressing to learn that a few print and visual media managements have closed down some of the editions, sacked a few of the employees including journalists and reporters and have asked a number of them to go on leave without pay, in the wake of the COVID 19 crisis. A few of the print and..

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Woked in Fright: The Brief Banning of Fawlty Towers Friday, June 12th, 2020

It’s all getting nasty. The urge to remove statues in hurried indignation; the lust to censor programmes now deemed offensive; the erasure of history, which, any sensible sort should know, is often a panoramic account of crimes and slaughter worth knowing rather than banning and hiding. This is..

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Facing the Cyber Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the Internet is a critical – and uniquely global – part of our infrastructure. As challenging as the public-health lockdowns have been, their social and economic costs would be far greater in the absence of smoothly functioning digital networks. Moreover,..

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The Shape of Asia’s New Cold War

In retrospect, the decision by the Communist Party of China (CPC) to impose a new security law on Hong Kong seems to have been preordained. Historically, rising powers always try to expand their spheres of geopolitical influence once they pass a certain stage of economic development. It was only a..

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Looking at the Motherland from the Land of Dreams Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

When I was young, I heard from everyone's mouth that America is the land of dreams. Everyone wishes they could go to America once in a lifetime before they die. One day, I arrived in this land carrying many dreams over my shoulder. I had planned to pursue higher education here but, I started..

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A Sustainable Recovery Must Be More Than Green

With the COVID-19 pandemic having triggered a deep global recession, talk of a “green recovery” is in danger of remaining just talk. Right now, policymakers are focused on saving lives and preventing a full-fledged depression. And yet, climate change ultimately poses a much greater challenge..

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ASEAN, C-19 and the Vietnam’s Chairmanship Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

COVID-19 (C-19) event is posing serious challenges for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020. But Vietnam, as current ASEAN chair, is trying to make the best of the situation and demonstrate leadership. As 2020 marks a mid-term review of the implementation of the ASEAN..

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Governor Newsom Meets with Community Leaders in Oakland

OAKLAND - Governor Gavin Newsom traveled to Oakland today, continuing his meetings with community and business leaders across California on racism, systemic injustice and how the demonstrations across the state and country are fueling important reforms. The Governor met with leaders from local..

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Rage Against the Pandemic Monday, June 8th, 2020

Two weeks of massive, nationwide demonstrations against police violence and racial bias have raised concerns about a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the United States. It’s hard to engage in a collective display of righteous anger over George Floyd’s killing at the hands of the..

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Envisioning a Blue Recovery

From Jamaica to Palau and Norway to Indonesia, the impact of the COVID-19 crisis is global, and national recovery efforts must be globally focused to seize shared opportunities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the global domain that unites us – the ocean. We now need to harness the potential..

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