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Lessons learnt, lessons ignored since Holey

  On the 2nd anniversary of the Holey Artisan attack it is time to take a stock of the lessons learnt or not learnt at all. The problems of Violent Extremism are many. Not only do they create their own massive Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Machiavellian politics … and history

  (On 5 July 1977, the government of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was overthrown by his hand-picked chief of army staff. Reading through a biography of Bhutto --- ‘Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan: His Life and Times’, by Stanley Wolpert Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Indian Ocean: Opportunities and Challenges

  Just as Europe’s rise made the Atlantic Ocean a setting for 500 years of maritime and naval contention, Indian Ocean will become the “great game” of big powers during the 21st century.  Although it became something of a strategic backwater Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Enigmatic yet humane

  Baul music, philosophy remain key to peace and unity in today’s tumultuous times   Known to be one of the most popular and critically acclaimed folk music of Bengal, Baul occupies an important place in Bangladesh’s culture and heritage. It is because Thursday, June 28th, 2018

The life and times of Kamal Hossain

  It is time to recall, in these moments of depressing politics, the times in which Dr. Kamal Hossain was one of our reasons for hope. There is a strange, inexplicable silence into which the former foreign minister and reputed politician Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Why Gazipur doesn’t matter

  Let’s be honest and declare what we all know: that we really don’t care what happens/ happened in the Gazipur elections.  That is unless we are party activists whether of AL or the BNP. If so, we would care since Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Indo-China relations appear to provide positive signs

  China and India are the most populous countries in the world. They together constitute 35% of global population.   Indo-China relations have gone through a tumultuous phase in the last few years.  There have been a series of disputes between the two Thursday, June 28th, 2018

A time for non-resident nationalism (NRN)

  World Cup mania is everywhere and Bangladesh is no different. One fact stands out here is that although the game has virtually died in Bangladesh, every four years it is revived in full glory. And when it revives, its always Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Every death counts

  A shocking audio clip depicting final moments of Ward Councillor Ekramul Haque has gone viral. It has the heart-wrenching cry of a family that got to hear over phone the whizzing of bullets as the thrice-elected public representative’s life was Thursday, June 7th, 2018

UN Peace-keeping Mission

  The International Day for UN Peacekeepers is being observed on May 29 across the world including Bangladesh.   The purpose of observing the Day is: * to underscore the importance to maintain global peace; * to pay tribute to those who were/are involved in Thursday, June 7th, 2018
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