Freedom of speech doesn’t include your right to offend another’s faith

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At no time in history was offending another faith part of any concept of freedom. Offending was part of a wider conflict to destroy another religion, culture, or faith. The medieval world of invading and conquering armies knew that most faith structures held societies together. It was therefore essential to attack culture through both words… Read more »

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It’s personal: Why this wave of violence in Israel is different

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Over the past month, eight Israelis have been killed and many more wounded in attacks carried out by Palestinians who are either Israeli citizens or were carrying Israeli identification cards. During the same period, more than 40 Palestinians have been killed, about half while carrying out attacks on Israelis, most of them using knives. Over… Read more »

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See no IS, hear no IS, there is no IS

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On Sunday morning (October 4, 2015) Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said to the assembled press, “Until now, IS or global terror groups like it have not been able to operate in Bangladesh. Our intelligence agencies are active … we will not allow any such activities in Bangladesh.” This is in the face of calculated and… Read more »

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Assam faces the threat of Maoist insurgency

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The growing activities of the Maoists in key North Eastern state Assam, which goes to polls early next year, are a matter of serious concern for the government and security establishment. Amid waning of United Liberation Front of Asom’s (ULFA) influence, the CPI (Maoist) is trying to gain a foothold in the state. This constitutes… Read more »

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Niladri and Rajon: What connects the child-killers and blogger-killers?

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Several headlines of gruesome killing of individuals for one reason or another have recently surfaced in Bangladesh drawing both national attention and disgust. People are astonished that right here, in the middle of “gentle and kind” Bangladeshis, so many have lurked around with murder on their mind. But to those who look at their homeland… Read more »

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