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by B.Z. Khasru When seemingly unending political street-battles gripped Bangladesh in late 2006, the United Nations pushed the country’s military in a circuitous way to take over the administration, brazenly violating its own charter that bars the world institution from interfering in any member state’s internal affairs. The UN coerced the reluctant Bangalee generals by […]

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Dr Yasin Ziauddin The 2014 mid-term election results show that Republicans have a sweeping majority across the board in the Congress as well as the state leadership of the Union — 52 of 100 Senate seats; 244 of 435 House seats; and 29 of 50 governorships are in the hands of the Republicans. The world […]

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The world doesn’t need the United States nearly as much as we like to think it does. In 1996, political journalist Sidney Blumenthal and foreign policy historian James Chace struggled to come up with a memorable phrase to describe America’s post-Cold War role in the world. “Finally, together, we hit on it: ‘indispensable nation.’ Eureka! […]

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By George Friedman Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today — Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and to some extent the Arabian Peninsula as well. For nearly 100 years, Sykes-Picot defined the region. A strong […]

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On the eve of a fundamentally flawed election, Bangladesh teeters on the edge of the precipice. BY M. Ron Wahid , John Hannah Bangladesh rarely registers in the minds of most Americans, but U.S. policymakers would be well advised to devote some urgent attention to the country. As things stand now, general elections scheduled for […]

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U.S. foreign policy can help support the American economy, writes Ambassador M. Osman Siddique. In an era of profound shifts and challenges in the global economy, how does the United States assert leadership in its foreign policy? We must of course maintain the defense capability to protect ourselves and our national interests. But as recent […]

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The government will work closely with the new Indian government to take Bangladesh-India relations to a greater height, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said on Sunday.   “The government looks forward to working closely with the incoming government of India,” he said while briefing diplomats of SAARC and ASEAN countries at State guesthouse Padma.   […]

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The United State (US) still sticks to its January 6 statement which called for a fresh and inclusive election in Bangladesh but will work with this government ‘very closely’ to boost Dhaka-Washington partnership.   “The statement (Jan 6) is the latest position…that’s our policy,” the envoy told reporters at a meet-the-press event at American Club […]

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A day after Russia’s Dhaka envoy ‘thanked’ Bangladesh for abstaining from voting on the UN General Assembly resolution on Crimea, the US ambassador in Bangladesh was found fuming. “I regret that Bangladesh was not able to join the majority on that important issue,” Ambassador Dan Mozena told a press briefing on Monday. The UN voting, […]

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Subir Bhaumik In Bangladesh, the US is back to rattling the present government headed by Sheikh Hasina. Subdued for a while after India, China and Russia joined hands to support the re-elected Sheikh Hasina government, the US is reminding Dhaka it is not business as usual after the January 5 polls. US ambassador in Dhaka […]

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As President Barack Obama pursues a historic deal with Iran over its nuclear program, he has already made history — though perhaps not in the way he intended. For the first time since the United States emerged as a major power in the Middle East, all of its key allies — Egypt, Israel, and Saudi […]

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Publicly, India and the US may appear to be on the same page regarding the situation in Bangladesh. But in reality, India is increasingly uncomfortable with the US’ positions, and believes it can have negative implications for Bangladesh and the region. Last week, US ambassador to Dhaka, Dan Mozena, visited South Block and spent long […]

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