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On April 22 people demonstrated in Karachi to condemn the killing of Mashal Khan, accused of blasphemy and murdered on his campus by other students. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Crushing the intellect: Pakistan’s war on free speech

Facebook has agreed to remove 85% of content to respect Pakistan crusade against 'blasphemy', leading the way to a whole new era of censorship on freedom of thought.
If implemented, President Trump’s proposed foreign aid cuts would have many repercussions. Kendra Helmer/USAID

US foreign aid, explained

As President Trump puts U.S. foreign aid on the chopping block, few Americans know much about it. Perhaps even fewer realize that the U.S. lags behind its peers on this front.
Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, addresses his supporters at a campaign rally in Lahore. Reuters/Mohsin Raza

Pakistan

As Pakistan moves closer to an election next year, 2017 will be marked by a political campaign by Imran Khan and other opponents to bring the Nawaz government to a premature end. They will exploit allegations…
Kashmiri villagers shout slogans during a funeral of civilians, in Beerwah, north of Srinagar, August 2016. Danish Ismail/Reuters

A new resistance in Kashmir

`Militancy' in Kashmir has taken on significantly changed dimensions, described best not by the armed struggle of a few, but by the unarmed, highly discursive resistance over new spaces of protest.
The Indian government risks a serious escalation of violence if the Pakistani government and militant groups in that country respond with even more attacks. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters

What escalating Kashmir attacks tell us about Modi’s changing foreign policy

As the latest attack on an Indian army camp shows, India's shift in policy from strategic restraint to preemptive self-defence is a serious gamble.
Members of the Non-Aligned Movement meet at the session of the 17th summit of heads of state and government. DIRCO

Explainer: the Non-Aligned Movement in the 21st century

The Non-Aligned Movement member states enjoy cohesion on few issues. Historically, their heterogeneity ranged from absolute monarchs to socialist presidents.

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