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Political Turmoil Sparks Fresh Violence in Bangladesh

Nilanjana Bhowmick Street protests erupt a day after a senior opposition politician was shot and injured by unidentified assailants The Bangladeshi capital Dhaka was hit by fresh violence on Thursday morning, with antigovernment protestors torching at least two vehicles a day after an opposition politician was shot and injured in what was reported to be […]

The United Nations human rights office has expressed concern over the rising levels of political violence rippling across Bangladesh amid fears of a return to a state of destructive brinkmanship seen in the run up to the country’s 2014 elections. “The deepening political violence in Bangladesh, resulting from the failure of the two major political […]

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Voters end an apparent slide towards dictatorship, and confound Beijing’s plans for the region. By Victor Robert Lee Democracy has taken many knocks in recent years. Russian President Vladimir Putin has twisted a supposed Russian democracy into a dictatorship. Beijing is touting its single-party autocracy as superior to democracy. And in Washington, democracy looks like […]

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Like freedom, tolerance is not a western invention or innovation; it is an Islamic virtue. Dear Muslim protester, Where do I begin? Having watched you shout and scream in front of the world’s television cameras, throw petrol bombs and smash windows, I reluctantly decided to write this open letter to you. Let me be blunt: […]

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Mourn the attacks in Paris, but let’s put things in perspective. BY ROSA BROOKS Je ne suis pas Charlie. Maybe I’m just having a post-holiday Grinch moment, but I can’t quite get into the self-righteous spirit of the 3 million or so people waving giant pencils. Yes, the Jan. 7 murders at Charlie Hebdo were […]

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By Mehdi Hasan   Dear liberal pundit, You and I didn’t like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubya’s slogan: either you are with free […]

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