Commentary

From the Editor-in-Chief: Neither Bangladeshi nor Muslim

  The absurdity of the global War on Terror has once again revealed itself in glaring terms. In the same week that we saw the death cult spawned in the chaotic crescendo of the Middle East’s quarter-century of war and reckoning, Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Road to Bangladesh 1971

  1970   7 December: The general elections result in an outright victory for the Awami League. It ends up winning 167 out of 313 seats at the National Assembly election in Pakistan.   The Pakistan People’s Party emerges as the second largest party with Thursday, December 14th, 2017

1971 population movements and rise of the new state

  1971 history related studies are mostly engrossed with patriotism rather than socio-political analysis. As a result, the narrative is largely about the suffering of the people as victims - cause- and the valorous acts – effects- of the freedom fighters Thursday, December 14th, 2017

What does Trump’s announcement mean for Israelis and Palestinians?

  First of all, let’s be clear: despite the artificially contrived gravitas of the occasion, signified by Donald Trump staying more solemnly faithful to his two teleprompters than he ever has before, and the almost unanimous condemnation tinged with disappointment it Thursday, December 14th, 2017

From the Editor-in-Chief: The Rohingya issue… after the Pope’s visit

  The recent visit to Bangladesh by Pope Francis is an event which cannot but be given the importance it deserves. A particular reason why we in Bangladesh are happy with the Pope’s visit is that he did not disappoint us Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Through time and tide

  ‘Boats: A Treasure of Bangladesh’ acts as a paean to the ancient, yet now sadly dying craft of naval carpentry in Bangladesh. Its roots in the region go back far enough for Ibn Battuta, the 14th century traveller from Morocco, Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Padma Bridge, World Bank and China: A transition is on

  The Padma Bridge is a historic infrastructure heralding not just the confidence of Bangladesh and its Prime Minister but also of a global transition of clout, power and influence. The World Bank had walked out of funding, citing corruption, and Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Globalisation in retreat

  It is being challenged by a nationalist politics. But a nationalist economics is unlikely to take its place   In the US, Wisconsin’s Winnebago county has lately made news. In 1872, Kimberly-Clark, a legendary company of paper products that earned $18.6 billion Thursday, December 7th, 2017

From the Editor-in-Chief: Take action against loan defaulters

  That Bangladesh’s banking sector has continued to suffer due to ballooning non-performing loans (NPL) is in no way a pleasing state of affairs for the country’s economy. According to latest data, the amount of NPL amounted to Tk 65,731 crore Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Election fever coming

  BNP leader Khaleda Zia is now being tried in a number of cases. They all deal with corruption and related charges. However, it’s not just the verdicts that hang in the balance. The outcome may have a major impact on Thursday, November 30th, 2017
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