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Why the unseemly Nobel obsession needs to stop

  The kind of award, reward and honorific obsession we display should be explored by sociologists. We seem to want to be recognized by official agencies, national or international, at all costs which includes self respect and dignity. The favourite one Thursday, October 12th, 2017

A lackluster popular response to Japan’s upcoming snap election

  Japan is getting ready for another snap election that was called late last month by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  The election call and the subsequent dissolution of the lower house of the Diet have cut short the duration of the Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Kissinger, Yahya … and more dissembling

  Henry Kissinger has thrown new light on Bangladesh’s struggle for independence in 1971. For perhaps the very first time since he and President Richard Nixon adopted a patently pro-Pakistan policy throughout the nine months of the Yahya Khan junta’s repression Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The final solution and appeasing the perpetrators

  The government of Myanmar seems to have come to a definite conclusion that the time for reaching a final solution of the Rohingya issue has already approached. It is most likely that such an apprehension has prompted the administration not Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The media’s failures on Myanmar

  Considering that Bangladesh media is a robust one and usually capable of anticipating events, it’s a bit odd that it failed to read the Rohingya situation so badly. Although these pages have been an exception, having called the “stop-start genocide” Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

China … stories from 1971 and 2017

  History generally seems to move in circles. It begins at one point and then comes back to its place of origin. The crisis over the Rohingyas appears to be a hint of this truism in our lives. No, it has Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Moments in monsoon melody

  In these rains that make a havoc of life, you take shelter in old, nearly forgotten melody. It is especially when you think of the songs that once were part of life that you know how much of good music Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

ARSA, JMB and the rest in Bangladesh

  Since the latest phase of the Myanmar problems, there has been a great deal of focus on ARSA terrorism and how it played a critical role in creating the whole mess. Some countries have even insisted that ARSA is the Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The collective foolishness of the Myanmar crisis

  It was never in doubt that the military rules Myanmar and Suu Kyi was a semi-powerless stooge in their hand. That really never mattered since in the end an ethnic cleansing was carried out no matter who did it. So Thursday, September 21st, 2017

As the grey evening descends . . .

  The company of older women has something of the literary about it. There is no reason for you to suppose that because they are ageing or have aged, there is not in them the passion which all too often defines Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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