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Mujib’s Memoirs

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By Hamid Mir hamid.mir@geo.tv Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a villain for many Pakistanis. One-sided history books tell us that Mujib was a traitor who broke up Pakistan with the help of India. We read in our history books that All-India Muslim League was formed in Dhaka in 1906 but we don’t know why the Pakistan […]

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Source: Foreign Policy Foreign Policy presents a unique portrait of 2012’s global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them. In 2012, the hopes for the Arab Spring began fading into cynicism as the world watched Syria descend into civil war, while the region’s nascent democracies struggled with their newfound freedom. But, meanwhile, one […]

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A WELL-KNOWN Indian fashion designer, who had recently flown home from New York, said to me at a dinner in Delhi: “For the first time in a long time, I didn’t feel like coming back. I felt like it used to be in the old days, when we would go abroad and didn’t want to […]

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By Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (Former Prime Minister of Malaysia) Dear Mr. President, I did not vote for you in the Presidential Election because I am Malaysian. But I consider myself one of your constituents because what you do or say will affect me and my country as well. I welcome your promise for change. Certainly […]

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A glimmer of hope

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by Alison Weir (President, CNI) For the past week Gaza has been bombarded every hour—electrical power, water supply systems, roads… important infrastructure is in ruins. Casualties are worse than most of the media are reporting, especially the “collateral damage” of innocent women and children.  The Israel lobby is hard at work trying to sell Tel Aviv’s […]

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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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