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Our messy media

  As the Dhaka University crisis - an interesting subplot that developed within the fold of the quota reform protests - escalated, it became obvious that the media space was an integral element of the situation. What the activists, police, Chhatra Thursday, April 26th, 2018

China’s footprint in South Asia

  China is the planet’s most populous country and second largest land mass. China has become one of the globe’s fastest-growing post-industrial economies since reforms were put into place in 1978 by Deng Xiaoping and its rapid industry growth since then Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Our freedom-fighter diplomats

  April is that time of year when we recall the brave men who carried the torch for the future in 1971. Among those men who reassured us, despite all the uncertainty associated with a war we never sought but were Thursday, April 19th, 2018

How the online media cookie crumbled

  Within a year, online media has moved from a position of huge potential and strength to one of stretched finances.  That is not preventing many new outlets from making a debut every week but that is not preventing new outlets Thursday, April 19th, 2018

The minister’s one hundred taka

  On a sultry late afternoon in May 1972, Tajuddin Ahmad stood before an audience of essentially young men and women in Dhaka’s Malibagh. Invited by the Shaheed Faruk-Iqbal Smrity Sangsad --- Faruk and Iqbal were two young Bengalis killed in Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Ripe for reform

  The quota crisis is about jobs not politics of identity. Sadly, some ruling party loyalists have turned it into a different argument that is unseemly and unnecessary. It shows the capacity of contemporary politics to turn any topic into ugly Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Not in the name of Buddhism!

  Peace activist Richard Reoch talks to UNB; Buddhist leader urges Myanmar’s monastic leadership to stand against ethnic cleansing   Richard Reoch, who served Amnesty International for over two decades and led an international Buddhist organisation for many years, is a globally-famed campaigner Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Let me recur as the BGMEA building  

  I believe in reincarnation. I believe that human life goes on and on till one is satisfied or the Almighty is and then one may get a break or a pass. But much of the matter lies in choosing a Thursday, April 5th, 2018

The roots that clutch . . .

  Some years ago, Barack Obama made a trip to his ancestral land of Kenya in his capacity as President of the United States. On that visit, he did not go to his parental village, a place he had been to Thursday, April 5th, 2018

A man called Julian Bangladeshi

  Those of us who know him are not sure when they first met him. He always seems to have been around and just as we don’t remember dates and moments of our close ones. Perhaps he has always been here. Thursday, March 29th, 2018
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