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The Taliban meets the Afghan opposition

IT HAD the semblance of a play lacking key actors. They were deemed the difficult ones, and a decision was made to go through with the performance. The Taliban were willing to

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Afghanistan, Venezuela and US interference

IN THIS troubling week, this writer has seen a variety of disturbing news stories. Ok, that’s nothing new, we all know. But there are two that he would like to focus on

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Psychoanalysing Brexit

AS A psychoanalytic psychotherapist who often works with couples, I regularly witness intransigent and extreme states of mind. The way the Brexit debate is being conducted seems

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Compensation is a matter of right, not sympathy

On January 25, 2019, a coal laden truck flipped over and crushed a makeshift workers shed in a Comilla brick kiln factory, killing 13 people and injuring five others. The shed was

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Vigilantism must be dealt with firmly

Nothing can justify people taking the law into their hands and kill or maim people. A few days back Sajal Jomaddar, a suspect in the Bhandaria gang-rape case, was found dead in

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Sorting through the lies about Venezuela

Venezuela is a capitalist country that does far more than most to ameliorate the conditions of capitalism and in which socialism remains an aspiration. If something has

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Southeast Asia terribly damaged but lauded by west

COME to Southeast Asia and enjoy beaches, cheap sex and raunchy massage parlours. Hang around this part of the world in whichever way you like; wearing flip-flops, shorts and

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Can hearts meet and hands hold in Indian opposition alliance?

The two biggest talking points about the mega rally of anti-Bharatiya Janata Parties organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on January 19 were the

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Ways to make medical studies more effective

A RADIANT change has been observed recently in the general education system. A more creative way of teaching is in practice in schools and colleges and examinations are held

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The shame of the 1 per cent continues

SPEAKING at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Sir David Attenborough called on government and business leaders to support, with practical plans, ‘United

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Why Hasina era will be remembered in our history?

One of the most influential American magazines Foreign Policy has published a list of 100 top global thinkers of the present decade and Sheikh Hasina is one of them. Four years

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Pakistan at crossroads

WE HAVE already used the term ‘crossroads’ when we discussed new trends in Japan’s foreign policy. These changes stem from an ongoing process of radical transformation that

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Afghanistan: America’s shameful war

Washington, which has done as much as the former Soviet invaders to ravage Afghanistan, has no clear idea what to do next. Trump announced withdrawal of some of the 14,000 US

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Declining standard of tertiary level education

Just as it is impossible to construct a building without strong foundation it would be unwise to expect an improvement in standards in higher education without improving the

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The burden of history and the role of intelligentsia

Since the day of the 11th parliamentary election, the people of Bangladesh have seen the rise of two diametrically opposite discourses: one created by the incumbent government and

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Why the Manto ban is bad

THE ban on the film on Manto made in India by Nandita Das must be rescinded because it is a bad and indefensible action on more counts than one. First of all, banning a work of

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On the brink of Brexit

GOVERNMENT, parliament and parts of the media are obsessed by Brexit, almost to the exclusion of all else. The last few weeks have produced a cascade of apocalyptic warnings about

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Aligning climate plans for a greater impact

Bangladesh has a long tradition of national development planning under the aegis of the General Economics Division (GED) of the Planning Commission, through the seven Five Year

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Western media promotes colour revolution in Asia

JUST as the US has done across the Arab World and in Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia faces political subversion aimed at transforming the region to serve Washington’s

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A global battle of values and ideals

WITH each day that passes the conflict and animosity between the conservative reactionary forces and the global movement for progressive change becomes more acute, uglier and

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The crumbling pillars of the fourth estate

Citizens and civil society must be at the frontline of the battle to protect press freedom and denounce violent crimes against journalists. The year 2018 was not a good one for

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Why infants may be more likely to die in America than Cuba

Claudia Fernandez, 29, is an accountant whose stomach bulges with her first child, a girl, who is due in April. Fernández lives in a cramped apartment on a potholed street and

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What makes Dhaka so fascinating to the outsider?

A resident of Dhaka may believe his city to be chaotic, dirty and overpopulated with rampant pollution and unbearable traffic. Not so to a visitor from outside, who is able to

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Rohingya crisis: Issues and challenges that have emerged

To date, much has been written and said about the Rohingya crisis. The regime in Naypyidaw has literally flouted all international laws and evaded pressures from the international

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Centralised Decision-Making: Bank services slow down

Faruk Hussain was waiting for about an hour at the branch office of a private bank in the capital is Karwan Bazar to encash his boss savings scheme. It was a simple task.

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Now, Rohingyas from India

Since the beginning of the year, no less than 1,300 Rohingya Muslims crossed the border into Bangladesh from India, where many of them had been living for years. The exodus was

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Why should the labour leaders live in fear?

Soumitra Kumar Das was a meritorious student of MC College in Sylhet. While studying physics at Jahangirnagar University he decided to work for the rights of the workers. Since

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Is DMP is action plan enough to fix our roads?

Apparently “inspired” by last year's safe road movement, the DMP has come up with yet another action plan to deal with Dhaka's anarchic—to put it mildly— traffic

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Closing energy gap would help poor countries develop

A recent United Nations report urges wealthier nations to do more to honour their aid commitments to help the least developed countries bridge the energy gap that now exist in

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Will the media be Trump’s accomplice again in 2020?

As other Democrats join Elizabeth Warren in the contest for the party’s presidential nomination, President Donald Trump will assign them their own nicknames, different from hers

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Can we live up to that ranking?

According to a new analysis published by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), a UK-based Research firm, the country is set to become the 24th largest economy over

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Myanmar is latest ploy to push out Rohingyas

After forcing almost a million Rohingyas to flee from their homes and take shelter in Bangladesh, Myanmar is now taking steps to construct a concrete structure in the no-man's

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Challenges in implementing the new government is manifesto

Manifesto implementation main challenge”. Thus read the headline on the online edition of The Daily Star on January 7. It quoted the General Secretary of Awami League (AL)

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US should review its approach to Syria’s Assad

The Trump administration has begun to roll back the president’s announced pullout from Syria. On Dec 19 Trump said Islamic State had been defeated; his officials now acknowledge

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Choking social media is not the answer

It is common knowledge that many opposition candidates were unable to campaign for themselves in the recently concluded elections due to several constraints unfairly imposed upon

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Free garment sector of wage discrepancies

The new wage board has accentuated the fact that, while the readymade garment industry is steadily flourishing, the workers are not receiving their due. The workers demand a

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Closing the gender gap in women is political empowerment

The World Economic Forum is “Global Gender Gap Report 2018”, published before the last general election in the country, has surprised many as it placed Bangladesh in the 5th

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Florida school shooting

Throughout this week, we have been looking back at some of the BBC website's most-read stories of the year and asking: what happened after the news moved on?

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How Europe does second referendums

Another week goes by, and there's more Brexit confusion, and heightened calls for a second referendum.

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40 years of hard work have turned China into a powerhouse

A view of Shanghai, China’s biggest city and a global financial hub, which symbolises the development China attainted in the last 40 years.

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Was Mahatma Gandhi racist

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi was recently removed from the campus of University of Ghana in Accra. The statue had been unveiled in the campus two years back by then president Pranab

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Moving from fossil fuels to renewables at a funeral pace

Almost half a century ago, on December 7, 1972, the crew of the Apollo 17 satellite took the very first image of the Earth in its entirety. Famously known as “The Blue

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Routine gesture or is there more to it

The statement of the heads of the diplomatic missions of the European Union, Norway and Sweden in Dhaka on Monday calling to “ensure a genuine, credible, inclusive and

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Cooperation or interference: MP's role in local government

In the era of modern statehood, the concept of Local Government (LG) has been indispensable in lessening the burden of the central government in service delivery. Local government

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Yellow vest protests economic catastrophe for France

The yellow vest protests have been a catastrophe for the French economy the finance minister says.France has seen four consecutive weekends of demonstrations against fuel tax

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Preserve our open spaces

It was refreshing to see that the children of this city were given a chance to play in a car-free street on Manik Mia Avenue last Friday. The whole place was abuzz with their

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The state of our banking sector

On November 18, the finance minister surprised almost everyone (not for the first time) by saying that those who highlight the sorry state of the banking sector are all

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The real China challenge: Managing its decline

In 2009, The Economist wrote about an up-and-coming global power: Brazil. Its economy, the magazine suggested, would soon overtake that of France or the UK as the world’s fifth

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Fictitious cases not fictitious claims

[Written statement of election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar delivered at a meeting held on Thursday, between the election commission and police officials regarding the upcoming

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The missing catalyst for Iranian democracy

Just before imposing new sanctions on Iran, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the country’s “cabinet is in disarray, and the Iranian people are raising their voices even

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