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Go to Lonka, become Rabon. REPEAT.

August 25, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
Go to Lonka, become Rabon. REPEAT.

My mother used to say, “Je Lonkai jai, se Rabon hoi”. She was using it in small contexts to point out the unfairness of one kid taking over all the goodies at the expense of others. Once a year as many as 15 of us cousins would get together for Eid Holidays in Sylhet...
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An orgy of killing in Bangladesh

August 16, 2015
A. Rahman
An orgy of killing in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is in a spell of killing of atheists, humanists, and free-thinkers for upholding secularist views by the fundamentalist Islamists in the name of religion. All of these victims were secularists, as they aspired to see a free democratic society with a clear separation of religion – whatever that religion could be – from...
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A racist, an illiterate, and a member of parliament

August 14, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
A racist, an illiterate, and a member of parliament

August 4, a hot and humid day in Boulder, Colorado. I got back from being dragged around the lake and hills by my dogs. As is my habit I clicked on bdnews24.com. What should I see; a picture of a fat man in a moustache, skullcap, and Nehru Coat saying Africans are uncivilised savages! More...
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Trans Pacific Partnership and garment export

July 8, 2015
M A Taslim
Trans Pacific Partnership and garment export

Whenever any of our major trade partners contemplates a free trade agreement or special trade preferences for countries that are exporters of apparels, an alarm is raised that such an agreement would adversely impact the export of apparels from Bangladesh. There was considerable unease when EU granted GSP+ trade privileges to Sri Lanka in...
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When soldiers occupy their own countries

January 25, 2015
Syed Badrul Ahsan
When soldiers occupy their own countries

The army-picked parliament in Thailand has impeached deposed prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: Improvement?

January 19, 2015
Zahidul Islam
National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: Improvement?

Last year we wrote an article entitled ‘National Water Security Index of Bangladesh: What does it indicate?‘ to give an overview on National Water Security Index (NWSI)
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Meet Rajowl and Oli: corporal punishment whistleblowers

January 16, 2015
Sir Frank Peters
Meet Rajowl and Oli: corporal punishment whistleblowers

Meet Rajowl Karim and Oli Ullah. Five years ago, they would have graduated with first-class honours from the Edward Snowden Whistleblower’s Academy … had it existed!
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Charlie Hebdo: Of Jihadists and Jane Austen

January 16, 2015
Anatul Fateh
Charlie Hebdo: Of Jihadists and Jane Austen

In Chapter 11 of the English writer Jane Austen’s much-loved novel Pride and Prejudice is the following exchange between the two central characters, Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett.
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“Lasting and expanding”? On the longevity of ISIS

December 19, 2014
Hassan Mneimneh
“Lasting and expanding”? On the longevity of ISIS

In its messaging to its multiple audiences, the “Islamic State”
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Before dying, a historic victory

December 6, 2014
M. Sophia Newman
Before dying, a historic victory

The back, the yoke, the yardage. Lapped seams
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West worried over AIIB

November 19, 2014
Subir Bhaumik
West worried over AIIB

The US and the West has reasons to be worried about China
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Our masters’ voice?

November 16, 2014
Afsan Chowdhury
Our masters’ voice?

Is looking upon foreign media as provider of truth and counsel a natural phenomenon
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“He could have been saved but for money”

November 15, 2014
M. Sophia Newman
“He could have been saved but for money”

“Maybe I should kill myself,” my friend said
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Arab unrest in Jerusalem

November 13, 2014
Rashid I. Khalidi
Arab unrest in Jerusalem

Once again, widespread popular unrest has broken out in Jerusalem.
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