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For me, there was no surprise. From the very first day, I was convinced that Yasser Arafat had been poisoned by Ariel Sharon. I even wrote about it several times. It was a simple logical conclusion. First, a thorough medical examination in the French military hospital where he died did not find any cause for […]

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BY DAVID ROTHKOPF This is the eighth year Foreign Policy has published the Failed States Index. During that time it has been both closely followed — not least, inside the U.S. government and in foreign capitals — and dependably controversial. No one wants to see his or her country listed among the world’s basket cases. […]

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By Anbarasan Ethirajan     A group of Bangladeshi women who were illegally taken into India three years ago have been describing their ordeal at the hands of human traffickers. Most of these women were forced into prostitution in the Indian cities of Mumbai and Pune. Around 48 women and a child were rescued by […]

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Narendra Bisht No one individual critic has taken on the Indian State like Arundhati Roy has. In a fight that began with Pokhran, moved to Narmada, and over the years extended to other insurgencies, people’s struggles and the Maoist underground, she has used her pensmanship to challenge India’s government, its elite, corporate giants, and most […]

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Cross-over … a hijra dances at a conference for equality. Photo: AP Legal recognition for Pakistan’s transgender community has changed their role in society, writes Jon Boone in Karachi. In a bright pink salwar kameeez and matching headscarf, Nargis marches around one of Pakistan’s richest neighbourhoods on a mission to embarrass residents into paying their […]

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Rezaul Karim Myanmar President Thein Sein will pay a three-day official visit to Bangladesh beginning on July 15 with officials saying that repatriation of Rohingya refugees, energy cooperation, trade and connectivity will be high on the agenda. Besides, cooperation in the agriculture sector will also come up for discussion while Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw, […]

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NEW DELHI: In one of his publications which he presented to BJP leader LK Advani last week, Bangladeshi high commissioner to India Ahmed Tariq Karim attacked the Pakistan army saying its “selfish corporate” interests may spark off a nuclear confrontation with India. In the 19-page document, excerpts from which have been displayed by Advani on […]

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Praveen Swami As a grand finale to the victorious role played in the liberation of Bangladesh and to make their final withdrawal, the Indian Army held a farewell parade at the Dacca Stadium on March 12, 1972 where the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, took the salute. Photo shows Sheikh Mujibur Rehman reviewing […]

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Pakistan’s parliament on Friday elected former water and power minister and ruling party member Raja Pervez Ashraf as the new prime minister. Ashraf replaces Yusuf Raza Gilani, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court this week for refusing to reopen corruption cases against Pakistan’s president. The South Asian nation’s three power centres – the military, […]

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By Syed Zain Al-Mahmood So it’s not only India that’s upset with the “foreign hand” meddling in its affairs. Now, Bangladeshi politicians are using the excuse to explain why factory workers in a suburb of Dhaka have been protesting in recent weeks. On the face of it the factory workers in the Ashulia industrial belt […]

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by Barrister Harun Ur Rashid Myanmar is a multi-religious country with 60 million people. Statistics show that 89% of the population are Buddhists, 4% are Christians, 4% are Muslims, and 3% follow other religions, including Hinduism and the Bahá’í Faith. The name “Rohingya” is derived from “Rohang,” believed to be the ancient name of the […]

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By Andrew R.C. Marshall TAKEBI, Myanmar (Reuters) This village in northwest Myanmar has the besieged air of a refugee camp. It is clogged with people living in wooden shacks laid out on a grid of trash-strewn lanes. Its children are pot-bellied with malnutrition. But Takebi’s residents are not refugees. They are Rohingya, a stateless Muslim […]

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