Bonya’s impassioned plea

Rafida Bonya Ahmed, the widow of Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy, has urged the international community to come forward to help save the voices of Bangladeshi journalists, writers, bloggers, and publishers and help them maintain a healthy secular society.   “These brave Bangladeshi Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Hasina among 100 leading global thinkers: Foreign Policy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named as one of the world’s 100 leading global thinkers by Foreign Policy, a Washington-based prestigious magazine of global politics, economics and ideas.   Hasina is among the 13 top global thinkers in the category “decision-makers”. Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Justice at last

The hangings of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mojaheed this past week signal a decisive shift in the sands of Bangladesh politics, that has been in the works since 2008, and reached perhaps its zenith in the early hours Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Pakistan’s anguish uncalled for

We have seen the audacity that Pakistan showed by poking its nose into our internal affairs again just after execution of two top war criminals early Sunday. History tells us how Pakistan had suppressed the Bengalis economically, politically and socially. Thursday, November 26th, 2015

La haine

In the aftermath of the nightmare that Paris, arguably the world’s favourite city, lived through on the night of November 13, supposedly we must allow for the knee-jerk reaction that we have seen from their president, Francoise Hollande. Today there Thursday, November 19th, 2015

The oranje seal of approval

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is an active global voice on the importance of inclusive finance for achieving development and economic goals. Designated in 2009 by the UN Secretary-General as his Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, Queen Máxima Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Words to be heeded

Being at high risk of earthquake, Bangladesh must enforce compulsory building standard and anti-earthquake measures in constructing buildings both in rural and urban areas to minimise damages and human casualties due to any possible strong earthquake, says a Chinese expert.   “Nobody Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Our friends in khakis

The honest taxpayer can be a fiendishly difficult proposition for any state. His or her expectation of services - in terms of both quality and quantity - from the state can get more than a bit cumbersome for any administration. Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Long walk to democracy

  Another week, another assassination. This time the victim was neither a blogger (although two of them came under attack as well) nor a foreigner. This time the attacks focused on publishers, as unidentified individuals entered the publishing offices of Faisal Thursday, November 5th, 2015

China: An all-weather friend

This year, Bangladesh and China are celebrating the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries through various year-long programmes. The year – 2015 - also marks the 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between China Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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