Myanmar makes history

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Aung San Suu Kyi smiles at supporters as she visits polling stations

In Myanmar, the people’s determination to bring back democracy — and its face Aung Sang Suu Kyi — is heading for a triumph over the dark forces of military autocracy, Buddhist religious fundamentalism and ethnic warlordism. It has been a long wait of 63 years since General Ne Win’s coup in 1962.

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Partisan local polls and challenges for political parties

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A paradigm shift in the political system took place in Bangladesh on October 12, 2015 with the decision of the Cabinet to hold local polls on partisan basis. The century old practice of non-party poll of local bodies has been changed to a first-ever partisan poll that brought major challenges for political parties of Bangladesh…. Read more »

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Democracy and Development

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In recent times, the political discourse in Bangladesh has touched upon the question of democracy and development. It was triggered by comments from a Minister and a senior ruling party leader who said, “We believe in democracy, but not too much democracy,” and argued that this is good for development and progress. His comments attracted… Read more »

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For America, real progress achieved nearly by accident

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A couple carry an American flag and a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride parade in New York June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz It is tempting to look for signs of America’s direction in the late June ritual of reading the U.S. Supreme Court’s most momentous decisions of the term. Last week’s rulings in… Read more »

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The Awami League in our history

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History took a new turn on June 23, 1949. There were some courageous men — Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani, Yar Mohammad, Shamsul Haque, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and, of course, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy — whose names are today engraved in the Bengali consciousness. These men, grown acutely aware of the growing authoritarianism of the ruling… Read more »

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