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· May, 2008

Stories about South Asia from May, 2008

Bangladesh: Compromised Media

  30 May 2008

Ever since Bangladesh was put under a state of emergency by an interim government supported by the military it was a testing time for Bangladesh media. The credibility of Bangladesh’s Bangla and English-language press is in question as their recent role seems biased and appeasing. This post discusses the degrading situation of the Bangladeshi media.

India: Information and Terrorism

  29 May 2008

A former head of India’s external intelligence agency on strengthening institutions fighting terrorism. More at Vikram Sood's Perspectives.

Bahrain: Sectarian and Xenophobic

“It seems that Bahrain (as in government and MPs) are just not content with being called sectarian but are now adding a new adjective to their resume- xenophobic,” writes Bahraini blogger Yagoob, after MPs called for banning Bangladeshis from working in Bahrain.

India, Pakistan: Music and Conflict

  28 May 2008

La Dolce Vita on a Pakistani band playing in Kashmir, India and how the whole show of peace and calm in the conflict-ridden region appears to be a farce.

Bahrain: Ban on Bangladeshis

Following a tragic incident a few days ago, when a Bahraini was killed after he refused to pay a Bangladeshi mechanic the 500 fils (1.3 USD) extra he was demanding for a job, Bahrain has now stopped issuing work permits to Bangladeshi nationals. A group of MPs are planning to submit a proposal to parliament to expel all Bangladeshi workers, who might be as many as 90,000, from the country because allegedly they commit more ‘shocking and gruesome crimes‘ than any other community.

India: Homosexuality and the Law

  27 May 2008

Law and Other Things reflects on the litigation strategy in a case that could have an impact on the legal perspective of homosexuality in India.

Pakistan: On Security

  26 May 2008

Changing Up Pakistan! interviews an expert from Rand Corporation to get some insight on the security situation.

About our South Asia coverage

Rezwan is the South Asia editor. Email him story ideas or volunteer to write.


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