Written by Kabir Taneja. President Donald Trump’s White House on May 8 declared that it was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), negotiated between the five United Nations Security Council members and Germany with Tehran. The retraction of the US brought a sudden, ill-advised end to […]

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By Joyeeta Bhattacharjee As Bangladesh gears up for the parliamentary elections in December this year, apprehensions about the future of India and Bangladesh relationship are in the spotlight. India and Bangladesh relations have improved steadily ever since Sheikh Hasina formed the government following the parliamentary election in 2008. The upward trajectory was sustained following the […]

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By Sanjana Govil On Tuesday July 17th, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and four other Supreme Court judges concluded hearings on the constitutionality of Section 377, Indian Penal Code, 1860—an anti-sodomy provision that not only criminalises private, consensual homosexual acts, but has legitimised every imaginable form of discrimination against the LGBT+ community in India. After a […]

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Written by Sruthisagar Yamunan The Centre on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to confine itself to the question of sexual rights in the cases relating to decriminalisation of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.  This provision makes “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” illegal, which by implication criminalised homosexual sex. In an affidavit filed […]

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By Niloufer Siddiqui Pakistan’s national elections, scheduled for July 25, are a week away. Yet, given the number of large-scale changes that have taken place over the last month, it is anybody’s guess how these next few days will unfold. The last week alone has seen a number of momentous events. The return to Pakistan […]

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Written by Adriana Ahmad Qubaia-ova. Lebanon is quickly becoming a major site for the production of knowledge on gender and sexuality in the Middle East (hereafter West Asia). Home to various feminist movements, LGBT organizations, and rising queer feminist academic scholarship, it offers relevant insights for the entire region on questions of the post-colonial condition […]

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