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A four-star general falls from grace. The American media is buzzing with “The Petraeus Affair” (as this latest sex scandal is dubbed). The empty-headed Talking Heads are breathlessly talking about what a horrible scandal it is, what shame this scandal has generated, blah, blah! Over at the Fox News the right wingers are trying to […]

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F R Chowdhury Experience has shown state-owned business suffer from inefficiency, corruption and bureaucratic red-tape. Many public sector organizations are kept alive by injection of state funding. The losses keep on adding up until the cumulative losses reach a stage that it cannot be disinvested. They eventually become a perpetual liability for the State and […]

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, Nov 21 (bdnews24.com)—Bangladesh’s development pessimism in global circles after its birth in 1971 has been proven ‘wrong’, the World Bank says. In its World Development Report 2013 on jobs, it says Bangladesh now belongs to a small group of countries that ‘have done well’ in both human development indicators and economic growth in recent […]

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The deeply polarising effect of politics in Bangladesh has been felt in various domains, the media included. As Bangladesh prepares for another round of general elections to the national parliament at the end of 2013, political discord and disharmony are rising. The years since the last general elections in 2008 have been politically stable since […]

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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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