Commentary

Courier Asks: End of the road for Mushfiqur?

  The Bangladesh cricket team’s abject performance in the 2-Test series that concluded against South Africa this week will have been enough to bring even the most die-hard optimists among Tigers fans crashing down cruelly to earth, following the high of Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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

From the Editor-in-Chief: Rohingyas and the UNSC

  It is a depressing situation.   It appears that the global community has adopted a callous attitude toward the Rohingyas. That much is clear from the deliberations last week of the UN Security Council, which was unable to adopt any resolution that Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The Rohingyas, the UN … and our world

  More than half a million of them have come to Bangladesh, not out of choice, not with ill motives, but from a very basic need to save their lives and the lives of their families. They are the Rohingyas, people Wednesday, October 4th, 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

From the Editor-in-Chief: The need for discipline on our roads

  Here is the truth.   There is and has always been a paramount need for discipline on city roads. Dhaka is certainly among those rare number of cities in the world where an absolutely carefree attitude to behaviour on the roads, both Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
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