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A Country in Crisis “Are there any Hindu temples in the country that has not been burnt yet?” A survivor wailed her lament to the news cameras. The channel was covering the latest atrocity in Bangladesh, when miscreants torched a small temple and desecrated the idols[1]. Bangladesh is in the middle of a political and […]

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7 Reasons We Won’t Forget 2012 – Zia Hassan হুমায়ুন আহমেদ এর চলে যাওয়ার বছর/ The year Humayun Ahmed left us হুমায়ুন আহমেদ এর যে ক্যান্সার হয়েছে সেটা অনেক পুরোনো খবর ।ক্যান্সার তো কত জনেরি হয়। রিকাভার করে। হুমায়ুন আহমেদ ছিলেন এক জন ফাইটার। তাই আমরা তেমন চিন্তা করিনাই। খবরে এসেছিল উনি রিকাভার করছেন। পৃথিবীর  […]

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 M. Shahidul Islam The prolonged precipitation of hot wind in the horizon seldom ends up without causing a natural disaster. Our country has been under the spell of unbearable political climate for too long. Shall we not expect a bang anytime soon? How that bang may manifest itself may not be precisely known, but the […]

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Bilateralism: Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (left) and his Bangladeshi counterpart Dipu Moni explain issues discussed in their bilateral meeting in Dhaka on Thursday. During his two-day visit, Marty paid a courtesy call to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday. (Courtesy of Indonesian Foreign Ministry) Indonesia opened a new chapter in bilateral ties with Bangladesh, […]

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The Jamaat Factor

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A train set on fire by activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh Delwar Hossain Sayedee, an Islamic preacher and a senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, the country’s largest Islam-pasand party, was sentenced to death on 28 February for war crimes committed during the 1971 Liberation War. Within hours, Jamaat cadres and activists clashed violently with police and law enforcement […]

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The initiative taken by some business leaders to broker a dialogue between the two major political parties–the Bangladesh Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party– is yet to make headway due to inner political confrontation among themselves, sources said. The move itself is again for a lofty goal that looks distant and may never happen, because […]

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The Right Stuff

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The term Islamist is a recent addition to our political lexicon. The Pak-Bangla term for the phenomenon was Islam-pasand. In the 1970 election, there were three streams of Islam-pasand politicians in the then East Pakistan. First, there were the three factions of the Muslim League, and Nurul Amin’s Pakistand Democratic Party. Ideologically, they believed in […]

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As the demand for dialogue between the two major political parties is getting louder, there are people who prefer establishing mutual trust first to get the desired outcome and break the political standoff. Concerned over the worsening political situation, diplomats and civil society representatives have been pushing over the last few months for dialogue between […]

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NEW DELHI (AlertNet) – Three out of four countries in Asia and the Pacific are facing a serious lack of water, and some are in danger of a crisis unless steps are taken to improve water management, a report by the Asian Development Bank and the Asia-Pacific Water Forum has said. The Asian Water Development […]

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Bangladesh unrest

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Urdu broadsheets have mostly adopted a conservative line on Bangladesh. The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s biweekly, Daawat, in comment by its editor, Parvez Rehmani (March 10), writes: “The Muslims of Bangladesh are active Muslims. Despite their minds being poisoned with Bangla nationalism and atheistic secularism in 1971, their link to Islam could not be severed. There is […]

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Ajay Vaishnav / Zee Research Group Is India losing grip over the subcontinent? While the question may appear extremely hawkish to many, it is pertinent to ask whether New Delhi’s diplomatic weight in sub-continental capitals is waning? Consider these facts: Maldives: Nowhere in the subcontinent New Delhi has looked in a more precarious situation than […]

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Editor’s note: Toby M. Cadman is a London based international barrister specializing in war crimes, international terrorism, extradition and human rights. He served as legal counsel to the chief prosecutor of the Bosnian war crimes chamber. The views expressed are his own. Days of bloody riots in Dhaka are spreading throughout the country; scores are […]

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