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So many wars to launch, so little time. When you’re the political leader of the most militarized nation on the planet – as is the case with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu – you gotta find ways to play with your toys. Even if you’re itching to, you can’t bomb Iran because you don’t […]

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Speaker Abdul Hamid and some ruling alliance MPs on Monday in parliament launched a blistering attack on TIB for its recent survey on lawmakers’ activities, terming the survey ‘flawed’ and ‘evil-designed’. In response to MPs’ strong demand for taking actions against TIB for ‘undermining dignity of Parliament’ through the survey, the speaker said he would […]

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BANGKOK — A leading international rights group on Sunday accused Myanmar security forces of supporting some of the brutal anti-Muslim violence last month that forced 35,000 people from torched homes. The government rejected the allegations, which came one day before President Barack Obama’s visit to the Southeast Asian nation after a year and a half […]

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Syed Badrul Ahsan US President Barack Obama flies into Yangon today on a historic visit to Myanmar. The sense of history stems from two very important realities. The first is that the visit is the first ever to the country by an American president (Vice President Richard Nixon visited Myanmar, then known as Burma, in […]

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Dhaka has expressed surprise at Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent comments about Rohingyas in the Rakhine state being illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. In a press statement on Sunday, the foreign ministry expressed surprise at such comments since these are clearly at inconsistency from the position of the Myanmar government and the action taken […]

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President Thein Sein writes to UN; OIC decries ‘genocide’; Suu Kyi remark shocks many in India Myanmar’s president has pledged to consider new rights for the stateless Rohingya minority ahead of a landmark visit by President Barack Obama, but stopped short of a full commitment that citizenship and other new freedoms would be granted. In […]

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This year’s Nobel Award in Literature, no doubt, points to a shift for the Swedish Academy. Was it a change of heart? May be; or perhaps, they decided to go off the script for a realistic change. The Academy, which lunges at any chance to mix literature with politics, could be mischievous at times. They, […]

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The International Day for Tolerance, observed on November 16, is meant to promote tolerance, i.e. “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human” (Article 1, Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, UNESCO, 1995). As a principle, tolerance is obviously not meant for just […]

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Not so long ago I found myself on a cold rainy night ringing on the intercom at the 20-foot high security gate at the front of Mi6 in central London, dressed head-to- toe in PVC. My comedy partner in crime, Heydon Prowse, started to climb over the front gates of the building after asking through […]

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(New York) – The Bangladeshi authorities should urgently investigate the alleged abduction on November 5, 2012, of a witness at the gates of the war crimes court in Dhaka. Shukho Ranjon Bali, originally a prosecution witness, had allegedly agreed to testify for the defense in the case of Delwar Hossain Sayedee at the International Crimes […]

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CounterPunch – It is astounding to find that one of the handful of prospects being floated to become CIA director following the fall of General David Petraeus is a person reportedly implicated in a 2005 Israeli spy scandal. CNN, Politico, and others  have all listed former Congresswoman Jane Harman as a potential new CIA head. Oddly, […]

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Zillur too merciful

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President Zillur Rahman has granted mercy to 21 convicts awarded death sentence in different cases in three years from 2009, Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told parliament yesterday. Four others sentenced to death in different cases got presidential clemency during the period 1972 to 2008, he said in reply to lawmakers’ queries. He, however, did […]

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