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  • All that glitters is not gold

    On September 19, 2018, over the vehement objections of civil society and media representatives, the Parliament passed the Digital Security Act, 2018. The concern is that it is a draconian law which will impede freedom of expression, including individual and media freedom.

  • Mass disenfranchisement as grand strategy?

    On July 30, in a massive official drive in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam to segregate “the illegal infiltrators” from legal citizens, a list depriving over four million people of the right to live in the country was made public.

  • Where do we stand in democratic governance?

    This is a very interesting year for democratic governance in Bangladesh. The national parliamentary elections will be held at the end of 2018. The last national elections, in 2014, was mired in violence and was controversial in many sense.

  • Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid

    Go back to classes, Nahid urges again

    Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid again urges the students to back to classes.

  • Why facing the voters is important for democracy

    The year 2018 is one of elections. A total of five city corporation elections are to be held this year, of which elections in Khulna and Gazipur have already been held.

  • Five features of controlled election

    Judging from the May 15 election in Khulna, and the Gazipur city corporation election on June 26, five distinct features of a controlled election have emerged.

  • The EC can be the difference

    Notwithstanding the serious questions raised about the credibility of Khulna and Gazipur city corporation elections, we had in the recent past free and fair elections in Narayanganj, Kumilla and Rangpur cities.

  • Some insights into Gazipur Elections

    The good thing about Gazipur City Corporation polls is that it was peaceful and no incident of casualty was recorded which is rare in our election history.

  • Too late for Myanmar to avoid internationalisation of Rohingya crisis

    The Myanmar government announced on May 31 that it will establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and related issues following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Myanmar security posts in August last year.

  • Rudy Giuliani and Trump

    Kim Jong Un begged for summit: Trump attorney

    Donald Trump's attorney says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un begged "on his hands and knees" for a summit with the US president, The Wall Street Journal reports on Wednesday.

  • The underlying message of Khulna city polls

    The just-concluded Khulna City Corporation election may be considered as the beginning of the run-up to the next parliamentary polls. Elections to four other city corporations are expected to be held in the next few months before the national polls which may be held in December. Five years ago, the same things happened in the run-up to the last parliamentary election held on January 5, 2014.

  • Ex-top Chinese Communist official jailed for life for bribery

    A former Chinese Communist Party official who is once tipped for a top leadership post is sentenced to life in prison for bribery on Tuesday, the latest senior cadre to fall in President Xi Jinping's sweeping anti-corruption crusade.

  • Rouhani says plans in place for any Trump decision on nuclear deal

    President Hassan Rouhani says on Sunday Iran has plans to respond to any move by US President Donald Trump on the 2015 nuclear agreement and the United States would regret a decision to exit the accord.

  • “To the people of Bangladesh”

    Heroic and brave brothers and sisters of Independent Bangla Desh. In the name of your President, Bangla Bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Government of the People's Republic of Bangla Desh, we salute you and pay homage to the departed souls of the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives in defence of their motherland. They will shine in our memory as long as Bangla Desh exists, as long as a single citizen

  • Is Bangladesh headed for a prolonged Rohingya crisis?

    Almost seven months into the latest round of influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh— around 700,000 have arrived since August 25 of last year—Myanmar has done next to nothing to show that it is serious about the implementation of the repatriation deal signed with Bangladesh and the safe return of the Rohingya.

  • Is there any hope for the Left?

    Unfortunately, leftist leaders in our country remain in the periphery of such TV talk shows, and unlike the traditional reach of the two major parties across the Bangladeshi diaspora, the reach of the Left remains low and unconvincing.

  • Going beyond a phone call

    One of the first things that Biplab Kumar Deb did even before taking oath as the new chief minister of Tripura was make a phone call to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and seek her cooperation for the development of the landlocked northeastern state.

  • For a stronger democracy

    The UN Resolution 347180 (1979) states that “the peace and welfare of the world require maximum participation of women on equal terms with men in all fields.”

  • 'In a democracy, you must learn to tolerate'

    The above quote is a strong and clear manifestation of the Indian Supreme Court's endeavour to protect rights of the media as it recently announced that freedom of speech and expression of the media must be allowed to the fullest and the press may not be hauled up for defamation for “some errors” in its reporting.

  • The conundrum of an opposition party in the House

    Opposition Leader Raushan Ershad's appeal on Tuesday (February 27) to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to relieve three of her party MPs from the council of ministers to help the Jatiya Party emerge as the “real opposition” in parliament, sounds ridiculous. But in the present political context it is not something that would leave anyone dumbfounded. Her husband JP Chairman Ershad, who has remained the special

  • Narendra Modi

    Turbulent waters of Indian Ocean

    In his last assignment as India's top diplomat, former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had paid a previously unannounced visit to the strategic Indian Ocean island of Seychelles late in January this year when the two countries signed a revised pact to develop military infrastructure on Assumption Island.

  • Enabling political bullies

    Last week, a video went viral on social media of a protest rally by a group of students at MH Samorita Medical College. They were protesting against the alleged fee hike by the college.

  • Rise and fall of the Osman family

    The saga of the Osman family reminds us of a basic universal rule: No one can undermine you until you undermine yourself. The controversial activities of the Osman brothers have continued to bring the family ill repute.

  • Diplomatic challenges in contemporary times

    One question merits attention: How was Bangladesh able to handle the flow of nearly 700,000 refugees in just three months' time, and now helping 1.2 million of them?

  • What message did we get from Rangpur election?

    Now that the Rangpur election is over, some questions come up: How was the election? What message does it convey? What influence, if any, will it have on other upcoming elections?

  • 20 years of the elusive CHT Accord

    The Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord (CHT Accord), signed in 1997 with the promise to end armed conflict and grant a host of benefits to the indigenous Jumma people in the south-eastern region of Bangladesh, has rather increased tension in the last 20 years.

  • Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

    Amidst widespread international outcry and faced with the strong diplomatic stance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Myanmar government has been persuaded to repatriate the Rohingya refugees, according to an agreement reached between the two countries late last week.

  • Will the EC live up to its mandate?

    The Election Commission (EC) held a post-dialogue press briefing on October 26. At the briefing, the Chief Election Commissioner said that the commission must conduct elections in accordance with the laws made by the government. His statement, although significant, raises serious concerns.

  • Rohingya refugees

    Diplomacy and economic sanctions must go hand in hand

    The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, sent mixed messages at the news conference in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, at the conclusion of his brief visit to Myanmar on November 15.

  • ethnic cleansing

    Call it genocide

    The UN calls the Myanmar army's aggression against the Rohingya “ethnic cleansing”. “Ethnic cleansing” is a term invented by Slobodan Milosevic. It's a euphemism for forced displacement and genocide. It's an insidious term because there is no international treaty law against it, whereas there are international laws against forced displacement and genocide.