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Jeffrey Gettleman, Kai Schultz, Suhasini Raj and Hari Kumar April 19, 2019
Since his ascension to power five years ago, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party have championed Hindu nationalism despite the country’s long history of secularism. In the same election that brought the BJP into power, India’s Muslim minority, which makes up 15 percent of the total population, received record low representation in Parliament. During Modi’s tenure,...
Huileng Tan April 16, 2019
Emerging economies throughout Asia initially welcomed Chinese investment, but questions emerge during election campaigns. Indonesians vote on Wednesday, and surveys report 53 percent express favorable views of China. “During his term, President Joko Widodo actively courted Chinese investment to push through large infrastructure projects in the sprawling archipelago that is Indonesia,” reports...
Pranab Dhal Samanta March 28, 2019
India’s prime minister announced that the country conducted an anti-satellite weapons test against a low-orbit target. Pranab Dhal Samanta explains for the Economic Times that most observation satellites operate in low orbit, providing navigation, surveillance and communication services. China launched its first low-orbit satellite in December and plans to add 150 more before 2025. “There’s no...
March 26, 2019
With high interest and high stakes associated with elections, political parties no longer patiently await official results. Instead, they turn to fast, global communications to tout victory, criticize results and shape the view of those on election watch. The goal is to weaken opponents, with the consequence of weakening entire nations and democracy. The Straits Times, relying on newswire...
Amanda Holpuch March 23, 2019
Tensions run high between Pakistan and India in recent weeks after political violence in the disputed Kashmir region. The Guardian reports that the path to possible war opened up after “Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a 14 February suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian troops.” Although Kashmir is...
Henry Cooke and Stacey Kirk March 15, 2019
New Zealand mourns a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch that left at least 49 people dead. Three suspects are in custody. At least one gunman, from Australia and reported to espouse white supremacy ideologies, filmed the attack and live-streamed parts online. None of the four had been on security watchlists. “Questions would likely be asked later over how they managed to go unnoticed...
KC Singh March 2, 2019
India-Pakistan relations are at a crisis point after a terrorist car-bomb attack on a bus in Pulwama that left 40 dead. India responded with an air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp near the Line of Control separating the two nations. “India had reliable intelligence that terrorists and suicide bombers there were training to attack India; India had no desire to target the Pakistani military or...