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Makhan Saikia

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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...

No end in sight to Yemen’s suffering

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The crisis in Yemen is getting bloodier. This month, the civil war in Yemen will complete 1,000 days. As of now, more than 10,000 people have lost their lives and around three-fourths of its 28 million population urgently need help. The conflict has brought the worst cholera outbreak to Yemen,...

Bali erupts: What next?

Saturday, 09 Dec 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The recent volcanic eruption in the Indonesian Island of Bali is once again creating fear across the region. Interestingly, the volcano in Mount Agung is recorded as just one of the 127 active volcanoes in this island nation. Indonesia is known as the most volcano-pocked country in the world. What the...

Mugabe: A byword for misrule

Saturday, 25 Nov 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

After Zimbabwe Army ousted Robert Mugabe from power, the moot point is: will this be a permanent respite for the millions of poor Zimbabweans who have suffered for almost four decades? Surely not, as the successor, Mnangagwa, is a thug. He was very much part of the grubby system...

New Tsar takes shine off October Revolution centenary

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Vladimir Putin, the current Russian President, has made obviously more headlines than the much-talked about celebration of the 100th year of the historic October Revolution last month across the globe, including its homeland. His date with Kremlin in a very unusual style for more than one-and-a-half decade has set his...

Will the British people give a chance to Jeremy Corbyn?

Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Jeremy Corbyn was no other than a symbol of ‘woebegone’ in British politics till recently. Many in Europe felt before the June 2017 UK General Elections — which saw the Conservative’s Theresa May becoming the country’s Prime Minister — that the Labour Party is facing a debacle something equivalent to...

How far is Catalonia’s road to Independence

Saturday, 30 Sep 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

The struggle for Independence continues in Catalonia, one of the richest and most industrialised parts of Spain. Though this movement for liberation from the mainland is an age-old issue, it started dominating the Catalan political scene only in 2010. However, on September 11, what the international community witnessed was something...

Philippines: New destination for ISIS in Asia

Saturday, 02 Sep 2017 | Makhan Saikia | in Oped

Marawi in South Philippines has suddenly become the centre of jehadi struggle in the island nation. It is widely believed that Islamists from Mosul, Chechnya, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Afghanistan and various parts of Africa have descended in large numbers in this restive Filipino region. Their ultimate aim is to...


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