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Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen

Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.

Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.


Articles by Ashish Kumar Sen

Muslim Brotherhood cagey on government shift

The Muslim Brotherhood is seeking to make the most of its position as Egypt's largest and best-organized opposition group after initially declining to participate in the pro-democracy protests that have swept the nation. Published February 6, 2011

Jordan's Royal Palace says King Abdullah II has fired his government in the wake of street protests and has asked an ex-army general to form a new Cabinet. King Abdullah's move comes after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets — inspired by the regime ouster in Tunisia and the turmoil in Egypt — and called for the resignation of Prime Minister Samir Rifai who is blamed for a rise in fuel and food prices, and slowed political reforms. (Associated Press)

King of Jordan fires government

The king of Jordan fired his government in a surprise move on Tuesday amid nationwide protests calling for political reforms, as similar demonstrations were sweeping through the Arab world. Published February 1, 2011

A wounded demonstrator carries a poster in Cairo on Monday. A coalition of protesters hopes Tuesday to increase the pressure on President Hosni Mubarak to resign. (Associated Press)

Arabs brandishing people power

Economic grievances, including high levels of unemployment and rampant corruption, have been a key driver of protests erupting across the Arab world in recent weeks. Published January 31, 2011

Egyptians dressed in white shrouds to show their readiness to die for their cause, demonstrate in Cairo on Monday Jan. 31, 2011. A coalition of opposition groups called for a million people to take to Cairo's streets Tuesday to ratchet up pressure for President Hosni Mubarak to leave. Posters on the shroudS reads: 'This my shroud for the sake of Egypt'. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Egyptian Muslims call out for ElBaradei

A leaderless uprising in Egypt rallied Sunday around Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, with the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition group, saying it will support him in negotiations with President Hosni Mubarak's regime. Published January 30, 2011

Yemenis hit streets, demand ruler’s ouster

Protests for democratic reforms spread Thursday from Tunisia and Egypt to Yemen, where thousands of people gathered in the capital, Sanaa, to demand that the impoverished country's longtime president step down. Published January 27, 2011

Egyptian riot police clash with anti-government activists in Cairo on Wednesday. The activists clashed with police for a second day Wednesday in defiance of an official ban on any protests. (Associated Press)

U.S. supports Egyptians’ right to demonstrate

The Obama administration on Wednesday voiced its support for the Egyptian people's rights to freedom of expression and assembly, as a second day of protests in Cairo saw police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators. Published January 26, 2011

Arab rulers rush to buy calm in wake of Tunisia revolt

Autocratic regimes in the Arab world are trying to buy the support of their citizens, driven by fear that ripples from the political upheaval in Tunisia could also sweep them from power. Published January 24, 2011

Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002. (Associated Press)

Probe uncovers problems in Pearl case

Pakistani authorities "knowingly used perjured testimony" and failed to pursue other leads in convicting four men of the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, according to a report based on a 3½-year probe of the case. Published January 20, 2011

Terrorist leader blacklisted by U.S. for mass murders

The Obama administration on Thursday blacklisted a senior leader of Pakistan-based militant group that has used suicide attacks to kill scores of people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including seven Americans. Published January 20, 2011

Split from north Sudan favored by south

Officials in Sudan said Wednesday that early results for a referendum on splitting the country in two show that more than 98 percent of voters in and near the south's capital of Juba voted for independence from the north. Published January 19, 2011

Wife of missing Chinese lawyer fears for his life

The wife of Gao Zhisheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer who revealed details of the torture he endured in detention in China, says she has not heard from her husband since he went missing again last April and fears for his life. Published January 19, 2011

IAEA seeks permission from Myanmar for nuke inspectors to visit

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has asked Myanmar's reclusive military junta to allow the agency's inspectors to visit amid growing concern that the Southeast Asian nation's rulers may be trying to build a nuclear weapon. Published January 13, 2011

Report: Beijing’s rights promises unfulfilled

An international human rights group is charging China's government with continuing to violate its citizens' human rights and undermining its own plan to protect civil and political rights during the past two years. Published January 11, 2011

Southern Sudanese line up to vote at dawn in the southern capital of Juba on Sunday. The voting marks the first opportunity for southerners to cast ballots in an independence referendum, the outcome of which will determine if the south secedes from the north to form an independent country. (Associated Press)

U.S. plans to reward Sudan if vote goes well

The Obama administration is weighing options to give an early reward to Sudan's government if a referendum that would allow the southern part of the country to secede takes place without a hitch. Published January 9, 2011

Taliban benefits as Afghans’ anti-drug efforts stall

Afghan efforts to eradicate opium-yielding poppy crops that fuel the Taliban-led insurgency have stalled as a result of a lack of incentives and adequate security for farmers who may be inclined to cut ties with the Taliban, according to Afghan and Western officials. Published January 4, 2011

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Slain Pakistani governor opposed to blasphemy law

The governor of Pakistan's richest and most populous province, Punjab, was assassinated in Islamabad on Tuesday by one of his bodyguards, who said he was angered by the governor's opposition to the country's blasphemy laws. Published January 4, 2011

West condemns longer prison term for Russian tycoon

Western governments on Thursday condemned a Russian court's decision to extend the prison sentence for imprisoned oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a ruling widely viewed as flouting the rule of law and evincing Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's political ambitions. Published December 30, 2010