“Fractured Himalayas” rightly puts Tibet at the center of the Indo-Chinese conflict

Arriving just before the 60th anniversary of the Sino-Indian war, Nirupama Rao’s Fractured Himalayas examines the 13 consecutive years leading up to 1962, a period that has shaped and constrained relations between the two countries since then. Combining a diplomat’s eye for negotiation and a historian’s ease with multi-faceted explanations, Rao’s book is sure to become required reading on the …

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Principal par excellence – The Island

By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana “Since we are here in the Emerald Islands, let me quote the bard, William Shakespeare,” media darling and former president well known for his oratory, Barack Obama said at COP26 in Glasgow. While Scots in the audience would have found it insulting, to others it would have been hilarious! He was wrong on two points and …

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Featured Italian in Cairo with the Art of Calligraphy – Culture

CAIRO – An Italian, Antonella Leoni, puts the Cairo art scene back in the spotlight with her first solo exhibition of works created on papyrus, combining Islamic culture, universalism of values ​​and Pharaonic tradition. The exhibition, scheduled from November 20 to December 4 in the Egyptian capital, is the most recent piece of artistic activity that had already been recognized …

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What would China’s counterinsurgency strategy look like?

From cybersecurity to maritime issues, the U.S. national security community has spared no effort in trying to figure out the future of the conflict with China. Except for one problem: counterinsurgency. Some already believe that insurgency rather than conventional warfare is the future of US-Chinese competition. And others argue that the deprioritization of counterinsurgency doesn’t mean the United States can …

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Gotabaya’s Disappointing Presidency – The Diplomat

Advertising On November 18, Gotabaya Rajapaksa will finish his two years as President of Sri Lanka. He won a decisive mandate; Sinhala Buddhist nationalists, who constitute the majority of the island, voted overwhelmingly for him. However, his two years at the helm have been disappointing. In his electoral manifesto, Gotabaya promised to make Sri Lanka a “prosperous” country. But it …

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Power in perpetuity? | Commonwealth Magazine

Unfortunately for the Chinese people, the contours of this space are constantly changing. The detention in 2015 of five activists who planned to protest against sexual harassment on public transport is one example. The CCP has long advocated for women’s equality, noting that they “hold half the sky.” But without even realizing it, these five activists had crossed a line. …

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Indian Sikh pilgrims to travel to Pakistan for Gurupurab

Indian Sikh pilgrims will travel to neighboring Pakistan for the Gurupurab, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. As many as 1,500 pilgrims will travel to Pakistan from November 17-26 under the 1974 Protocol on Visits to Religious Shrines in India-Pak, MEA said. They will visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Sri Panja Sahib, Dera Sahib, Nankana Sahib and Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara Sacha Sauda. …

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Dalai Lama says Chinese leaders ‘don’t understand’ diversity

TOKYO (AP) – Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that Chinese leaders “do not understand the variety of different cultures” and that the ruling Communist Party’s penchant for strict social control can be detrimental. The 86-year-old Buddhist monk also said on Wednesday that he wanted to stay at home in India, where he has lived since 1959 …

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