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Bugti should tweet about his family's ugly history rather than Baloch history should tweet about his family's ugly history rather than Baloch historyMarch 30, 2018Nawab Bugti with assassinated premier Zulfikar Ali Bhutto at the wedding of Nawabzada Rehan Bugti, father of Brahumdagh BugtiFor lack of a better comparison, a twitter account in the hands of a failed Baloch “nawab” hand is like a bull in the China shop. Or let us ask this way: when does a person find himself in a “golden cage” bored to death?Answer is when you are only one of the three claimants to a tribal fiefdom that is bigger than Cyprus, or almost as big as Lebanon, or half the land size of Israel, and  you are surrounded by a group of sycophants whose dream in life is to carry your suitcase and that too in Geneva, Switzerland. Even if your wine closet has the best alcohol that you drink every night and puff cigarettes in the manner of a dejected lover of Pakistan—not caring for other family members in the ho…

RWR Advisory: Belt and Road at a Glance

This edition covers developments from March 12 - March 26.. Belt and Road at a Glance
Subscribe to the Belt and Road MonitorTop DevelopmentsChina National Machinery Industry Corporation, commonly known as Sinomach, has agreed to build a $845 million, 255-mile railway across Iran, building upon a sustained period of growth for Chinese investment in Iran that accelerated after Xi Jinping’s state visit to the country in January 2016. The railway will link the cities of Tehran, Hamedan and Sanandaj. China Civil Engineering Construction, a subsidiary of CRCC, is currently also building a 263-km railway line from Kermanshah to Khosravi. According to Chinese entrepreneur Lin Zuoru, who owns factories in Iran, “Iran is at the center of everything.”On March 23, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced that foreign direct investment by Chinese companies in 50 Belt and Road countries fell by 30.9% year-on-year. While the Ministry stated that this number covers investment across all industries, it d…

Analysis: Is Xi Flying Too Close to the Sun?

Issue No. 127: Mar 2018Subscribe  / Read Online / PDF
Monthly update of press freedom news and analysis related to ChinaAnalysis: Is Xi Flying Too Close to the Sun?In the News:Tightened censorship on National People’s Congress, end of term limitsCensorship and surveillance: WeChat upgrade, feminists silenced, privacy concernsXinjiang: Reprisals against Uighurs at home and abroadHong Kong & Macau: By-election opens door to suppression of dissentBeyond China: Tibet event ban in India, Taiwan spy case, U.S. campus meddlingFeatured PrisonerYao WentianWhat to Watch ForTake ActionPhoto of the Month: Eye-roll seen around the worldThis is one of many memes emerging after reporter Liang Xiangyi from financial news outlet Yicai was caught on state television rolling her eyes at a long-winded question from the fawning correspondent to her left during the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress. Liang’s eye roll went viral on Sina Weibo and inspired a wealth of …

Khans and fractious chieftains

Rizwan ZebTFT Issue: 22 Jul 2016Rizwan Zeb begins our journey through Balochistan’s past by tracing the origins of the Kalat stateFacebookTwitterGoogle+WhatsAppEmailPrintFriendlyShare128

Mir Mehrab Khan's heroic last stand against British forces

What exactly is the origin and the meaning of the word “Baloch”? This cannot be easily answered. The predominant view is that Baloch derived from Belus. The Babylonian kings were called Belus. Nimrod, one of the most famous of the Babylonian kings was called Nimrod the Belus. According to Baloch historians, his followers were called ‘Belusis’, which became ‘Balos’ in Arabic which further corrupted into Baloch.Mir Khuda Bux claimed that the Baloch originated in Aleppo (Haleb) in Syria and eventually settled in the present day Balochistan. These groups or bolaks comprising blood relatives roamed the land and earned their living from robbery, assault, looting, plundering and ensla…