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Chinese repression in Xinjiang

Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Xinjiang region of China today reflects an extreme manifestation of a new ‘Surveillance State’ by the all powerful regime of Xi Jinping. Interestingly, this comes with a high-handed combination of technology and a strong flavour of communism. Its aim is not only to prevent the wave of both global and...

‘Old’ Mahathir at helm for ‘new’ Malaysia

Saturday, 26 May 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Malaysia’s 14th general election outcome has brought the nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad back to the centre stage of politics. His Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Alliance of Hope or Pact of Hope, which was earlier led by his one-time deputy Anwar Ibrahim, got a boost when he took over as its chairman....

World IP Day 2018: Empowering women innovators

Saturday, 28 Apr 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity”, the theme of this year’s World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, reflects and celebrates the diverse innovative efforts made by women. The celebrations of the World IP Day began in 2000, when World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) decided to designate a World IP Day...

Drones turning favourite future warfare arsenal

Saturday, 14 Apr 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The emergence of drones can be regarded as a paradigm shift in the modern warfare. They have unleashed a new pattern of horror on the already devastating battles, particularly between nations and non-state actors. The continued support of power, status and money have emboldened America — which first started the...

Meteoric rise of omnipotent Xi Jinping

Saturday, 17 Mar 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Chinese President Xi Jinping has formally amended the country’s Constitution to continue in office as long as he wants. His audacious decision is on the expected lines. It was only a matter of time that he had to announce the move through the country’s rubber stamp Parliament known as ‘National...

Congo in peril: Kleptocracy continues

Saturday, 10 Mar 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is at the point of no return as it is stuck in bloody battle among Government forces, rebels and Opposition groups. The local media apprehends if the volatile situation is not contained sooner, Congo may slip into major chaos leading to more deaths...

Goodbye Zuma! S Africa heading for new dawn?

Saturday, 24 Feb 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, who ruled South Africa since 2009, has literally pushed the country to doom and despair. It is near certain that he has truly lived up to his middle name ‘Gedleyihlekisa’, which in Zulu means ‘I laugh at you, as I destroy you’. When he took over the...

Rojava: Road to Kurdish motherland

Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The long struggle of over 14.5 million Kurds for an independent homeland has reached a turning point as the ISIS’ diabolical empire is on the verge of extinction in West Asia and “Rojava” or “the land where the sun sets”, an autonomous region in the Northern Turkey, is emerging as...

Clampdown on digital hatemongers: Whose freedom at risk in Germany?

Saturday, 03 Feb 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Increasing hate speech cases in Germany is bringing home harsh realities of its post-refugee crisis against the backdrop of German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcoming millions of immigrants, particularly from West Asia. Though the influx of imimigrants and their embrace by the German Government is being read as a sign of new...

Protests in Iran: What is in store for the regime?

Saturday, 20 Jan 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The recent protests in Iran — starting on December 28 in the city of Mashhad in which 20 people died — are heralding a disturbing signal for the current regime of Hassan Rouhani. What has exactly caused more disturbances in the power corridors of Tehran is the nature of slogans...


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