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Middle East: Who is fighting whom? - Gayatri Chandrasekaran, Mint
The combined offensive by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries in Yemen is the newest front of the ongoing multi-actor power struggle in the Middle East. Sectarian rivalries, cutting across borders, have made the region a battleground since 2003 when Saddam Hussein was removed as Iraq’s ruler.
As China looms large, India must consolidate its ties with Colombo - IndianExpress
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s four-day visit to China was part of a delicate balancing act being executed by Colombo. Under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka had drifted close to China in ways that made it seem unconcerned about India’s sensitivities. There was no progress on the Tamil question. Sri Lanka also hosted two Chinese submarines last year, which made New Delhi apprehensive about its security and contributed to its reservations about the Chinese Maritime Silk Road (MSR) project.
The great game folio: Pakistan in Yemen - C Raja Mohan, IndianExpress
Islamabad is under pressure from Saudi Arabia to join the military operations by the Sunni coalition that Riyadh is leading against the Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen. But there is little popular support in Pakistan for jumping into a war that has acquired such a sharp sectarian edge.
Nextdoor Nepal: Fear of trial and punishment - Yubaraj Ghimire, IndianExpress
The Maoist forces that joined the peace process in April 2006 have split five times so far, but no faction has gone back to the “capture power by the gun” campaign. Two weeks ago, the two key groupings — the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) headed by Prachanda and the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) headed by Mohan Baidya Kiran — inched closer to reunification, almost three years after the UCPN-M split.
In China, like Singapore - Minxin Pei, IndianExpress
Throughout its history, China has seen itself as the centre of the world. The name of the country, literally translated, is “Central Kingdom”. So it may surprise many to learn that a tiny state-city, Singapore, has exerted outsized intellectual influence on Chinese leaders since the late 1970s. By all accounts, the remarkable success achieved under the late Singaporean leader, Lee Kuan Yew, should make most of his counterparts in developing countries envious. But for the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), the so-called “Singapore model”, loosely defined as dynamic authoritarian capitalism, holds special allure.
The legacy of the architect of Singapore - Hindu
Lee Kuan Yew is no more. But the city state will be there to tell the story of his work — the transformation of Singapore from a Third world country to a First world nation. There are several pillars that have promoted the transformation. One major accomplishment of the founding Prime Minister was in practically eradicating corruption, which was the key ingredient in effective governance. Singapore stands at rank 7 on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014; there are 167 countries below it on the index.
The war in Yemen - Hindu
Yet another Arab nation faces a humanitarian crisis following military conflict, as the localised war between various forces in Yemen has taken on a regional dimension. After the besieged Yemeni government requested help, the Gulf Cooperation Council, led by Saudi Arabia, launched air attacks against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen on March 26.
‘Bangla terrorists plan Islamic state in India’ - Susenjit Guha, SundayGuardian
According to a report in a bi-lingual Bangladeshi newspaper, a 20-year-old terrorist, Ershad Hossain, alais Mamun, belonging to the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB), has confessed to the police in Chittagong that plans were afoot to turn their country and portions of neighbouring India and Myanmar into a full-fledged Islamic state with Sharia laws in force by 2020.
The fight for primacy in West Asia - Mint
On Thursday, a coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia bombed targets in Yemen, its neighbour to the south. The country’s major ports, including the strategically located Aden, were shut. Within hours, global oil markets were on the boil, with prices rising by 5%.
Japan’s industrial output drops, adding to signs of weakness - Keiko Ujikane, Mint
Tokyo: Japan’s industrial production fell more than forecast in February, adding to pressure from a drop in consumer spending and faltering inflation. Output declined 3.4% from January, when it rose 3.7%, the trade ministry said in Tokyo on Monday. The median estimate of 28 economists surveyed by Bloomberg was for a decline of 1.9%.
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