A dangerous moment for Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire

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Behind the scenes, U.S. diplomats are rediscovering Ukraine as a foreign-policy priority. On Jan. 15, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met with a key Kremlin adviser at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s beachfront residence on the Baltic Sea. Nuland, the top U.S. diplomat responsible for European affairs, had traveled to Russia’s heavily militarized Kaliningrad region to… Read more »

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Seventy years of unfinished business

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Two dates – August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945 – will remain firmly etched in the minds of humanity as the example of the world’s worst man-made disaster and cruelty. People will recoil, as long as human civilisation lasts, at how the evil nature of human beings can cause such enormous death, destruction, and… Read more »

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What will the Iran nuclear deal really accomplish?

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With all the hubbub of the landmark nuclear deal with Iran and the US, let us also reflect on the sheer horror of August 6, 1945 during World War II. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of America dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. It was a direct order from US president Harry… Read more »

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Trans Pacific Partnership and garment export

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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 2005… Read more »

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Marriage in the days of ISIS and SCOTUS

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“The arc of moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” is an immortal quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. That Arc finally bent towards justice when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made Gay Marriage the Law of the land.  The Christian Right (I am also sure religious fundamentalists of all… Read more »

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