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Turning our back on the Rohingya genocide: ‘But this is so un-Australian!’

Turning our back on the Rohingya genocide: ‘But this is so un-Australian!’ by Adil Khan 20 October 2017 Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar in an unstable boat and bad weather (Image Jordi Bernabeu Farrús/Flickr CC 2.0) The Turnbull Government has refused to condemn the horrific humans rights abuses by the Burmese military against the Rohingyar people, writes […]

How Kenya’s political leaders are adding to the prolonged election crisis National Super Alliance supporters demonstrating for the sacking of election officials involved in August’s cancelled presidential vote. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters Sekou Toure Otondi, University of Nairobi Before Kenya’s August 8 general election, opposition candidate Raila Odinga promised to be a transitional, one-term president. Uhuru Kenyatta, […]

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Making voting both simple and secure is a challenge for democracies The US compares relatively poorly with equivalent countries when it comes to voter registration. Reuters/Bria Hall Pippa Norris, Harvard University; Sarah Cameron, University of Sydney, and Thomas Wynter, University of Sydney Recent elections around the world have raised concerns about the procedures used for […]

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia departs after a special court gave her bail in two graft cases in Dhaka on Thursday. — Indrajit Ghosh Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday obtained bail in Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Orphanage Trust and Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Charitable Trust graft cases after her surrender to the Dhaka […]

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Digital money transferring service Xoom, a PayPal service, was launched in Bangladesh on Thursday. The prime minister’s ICT adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy inaugurated its operations for Bangladeshis at PayPal+Xoom and Freelancer Conference in Dhaka. Joy, who was a chief guest at programme, said, “The Bangladesh expatriates have been sending their remittances through various channels at […]

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The UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs has viewed dozens of burned and destroyed villages in northern Rakhine during his recent tour by air, and called on Myanmar to investigate allegations of human rights abuses by security forces. It was the first visit by a top UN official from its New York headquarters since the latest […]

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Former Indian president Pranab Mukherjee has said he urged the then Bangladesh army chief Moeen U Ahmed to release political prisoners during the 2007-08 caretaker government. “In February 2008, Bangladesh army chief Moeen Ahmed came to India on a six-day visit. He called on me too. During the informal interaction, I impressed upon him the […]

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The statement by the Bangladesh Supreme Court, issued a day after Chief Justice SK Sinha left Dhaka for Australia on “leave”, raises questions one can hardly avoid. The statement alleges that the CJ faces “11 charges” which include money laundering, graft, moral turpitude, and informs that details of these “charges” were handed over by President […]

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Awami league leaders sit in a pre-poll dialogue with the Election Commission in the commission office in Dhaka on Wednesday. — Ali Hossain Mintu The ruling Awami League at its pre-polls talks with the Election Commission on Wednesday demanded electronic voting from the next general election due on January 28, 2019 at the latest. Electronic […]

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Rohingya refugee Khalida, a mother of three children, wade across a canal near the no man’s land area between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Palongkhali area next to Ukhia on Wednesday. — AFP photo The government believes that Rohingya crisis is unlikely to be resolved soon as the exodus of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals […]

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Thousands of leaders and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its front and associate organisations on Wednesday welcomed their leader Khaleda Zia on her return after three months from London on Wednesday. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia reached Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 5:00pm in a regular flight of Emirates Airlines, the party leaders said. Leaders […]

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It was evident long before yesterday’s second ODI at Boland Park that Bangladesh were completely outmatched by hosts South Africa on their tour, and that had happened without the help of the best and most celebrated batsman in the land, even as the others plundered runs off the hapless bowling. So when AB de Villiers, […]

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