Central Asia

Assam's Citizen Register May Exclude Genuine Indians

Assam’s Citizen Register May Exclude Genuine Indians

September 1, 2019

The Indian state of Assam will soon release its National Register of Citizens, a list of residents of the state who can prove they have been living there for roughly seven decades. The government says the list will weed out illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh – but any flaws in the system can have far…

Why Are Hong Kong Protesters Asking Trump for Help?

Why Are Hong Kong Protesters Asking Trump for Help?

August 30, 2019

Journalist Ilaria Maria Sala discusses the arrest and release of demonstration “leaders,” the history of Hong Kong’s struggle for democracy, American involvement in the protests, and the complexity of the current movement

Rohingya Muslim Refugees Refuse to Return to Myanmar

Rohingya Muslim Refugees Refuse to Return to Myanmar

August 25, 2019

More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh two years ago following a brutal army crackdown. This week, more than 3,000 of them were told that they were eligible for repatriation. But all have refused to go, saying that conditions back in Myanmar are still dangerous. DW reports from a refugee camp near…

Activist on the Front Lines Discusses the Historic Protests in Hong Kong

Activist on the Front Lines Discusses the Historic Protests in Hong Kong

August 19, 2019

We had to blur her image but she talks about police brutality, the struggle for a transparent democracy, the Chinese army at the border, and hope for the future

De-Facto Annexation of Kashmir Means India as a Secular State is Ending

De Facto Annexation of Kashmir Means the End of India as a Secular State

August 16, 2019

Sidharth Bhatia, of the website The Wire, disucsses the “new roadmap for India,” by which India practically annexed the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. The policy is leading India ever more towards a state in which Muslims are to become second-class citizens

Hong Kong Protest Withdraws From Airport, but Situation Remains far From Normal

Hong Kong Protest Withdraws From Airport, but Situation Remains far From Normal

August 14, 2019

The mostly leaderless movement for Hong Kong’s democratization withdrew from the airport, allowing flights to resume, but the situation remains unresolved as long as protesters and government fail to come to an agreement on reforms. We speak to Sean Starrs in Hong Kong

Will India's Occupation of Kashmir Become Colonization?

Will India’s Occupation of Kashmir Become Colonization?

August 9, 2019

Prof. Junaid Ahmad says India’s revocation of Kashmir’s autonomous status not only increases tensions between India and Pakistan, but is designed to lead into a situation where India encourages colonial settlement in the region and eventual annexation, along the lines of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land

Trump's China Trade War Increases Risk of Recession

Trump’s China Trade War Increases Risk of Recession

August 6, 2019

Trump accuses China of currency manipulation because their currency devalued in the wake of his tariffs. However, as Bill Black explains, this accusation has no basis in fact. Instead, Trump’s trade war only increases the likelihood of a recession

Hong Kong Democracy Protestors Launch General Strike

Hong Kong Democracy Protestors Launch General Strike

August 6, 2019

Thousands took part in protests that shut down roads, public transportation and cancelled hundreds of flights

The Forgotten Rohingya Refugees

The Forgotten Rohingya Refugees

August 5, 2019

Existence is resistance: a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees live in Malaysia with no legal rights or protections