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The Takeaway: Blinken’s call for 2-state solution met with Israeli-Palestinian pessimism

The Takeaway: Blinken’s call for 2-state solution met with Israeli-Palestinian pessimism

Blinken said Israelis and Palestinians deserved “equal rights and opportunities,” and that an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel was the best way to achieve that.  Elizabeth Hagedorn As a member of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s traveling press pool this week, I had an up-close view as America’s top diplomat swung through the Middle East to...

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Powerful Profit, Common Cost: The Tale of Inequality

Powerful Profit, Common Cost: The Tale of Inequality

Many consumers termed the recent petroleum increase as an ‘inflation bomb’ and criticized the government. There is no denying that in such a situation, common man pays the price while the powerful make the fortune. Workers with professional and academic backgrounds often need to take up additional employment to make ends meet. Occasionally, people only...

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What Message Brunei People Convery to the World on Their National Day

Bruneians commemorates their National Day when His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah was crowned the 29th Sultan of Brunei and the day the nation gained its independence from the British in 1984. The day Brunei declared its independence from British colonial authority in 1984 is commemorated annually as Independence Day. This moment signified the commencement...

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What is next in the China-India border conflict?

What is next in the China-India border conflict?

India and China started the year with a round of inconclusive talks on an ongoing border dispute in the Himalayas. The disagreement is a potentially dangerous flashpoint between Asia’s two biggest powers. Aditya Sharma The disputed Himalayan border between India and China sees little activity this time of the year. Large swaths of the area...

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Minorities in ‘Secular’ India

Minorities in ‘Secular’ India

After gaining independence from the British Empire in 1947, India aspired to be a secular nation where people of all faiths could live in peace. Constitutionally, India is a sovereign socialist, secular democratic republic.

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Central Asia’s authoritarians stare down a year of disorder

Central Asia’s authoritarians stare down a year of disorder

Afghanistan remained a source of security threats to all Central Asian countries. By Kirill Nourzhanov Political turmoil and uncertainty beset Central Asia in 2022. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan faced domestic, regional and international challenges exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. This brought into sharp relief both the systemic threats to peace and stability...