• Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Opinion

ISIL's soft economic underbelly

ISIL's soft economic underbelly

THERE is no end to the “hype” around the military successes by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The less spoken topic of course is now that ISIL controls substantial landmass in Iraq, precisely how it intends to run it economically? While landmass can be calculated, it is much more difficult...

Securing Pakistan's democracy?

THE two-week-old political crisis in Pakistan took a sharp new turn over the past few days as the military leader, General Raheel Sharif, positioned to mediate the stand-off between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition demonstrators on the streets of Islamabad, led by cleric Mohammed Tahir-ul-Qadri and his ally cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Whether Prime Minister Sharif or Tahir-ul-Qadri and Khan initiated the move to military mediation and how the military has played into the development of the crisis itself...

The neglected citizens of Myanmar

FAKHRUDDIN Ahmed rightly draws attention to the vital need to make Rohingya Muslims full citizens of Myanmar. It is worth recalling that, under the terms of the Indo-Burma Agreement of October 1941, which was never ratified because of the Japanese invasion of Burma two months later, all Indians of whatever religion resident in the country at the time were either accorded the right of full "domicile" if they were born and bred in Burma, or allowed to remain as "privileged...

Abe visit as a catalyst for Bangladesh's “Look East Policy”

IT is difficult to overemphasise the economic significance and opportunity for Bangladesh presented by the upcoming State Visit to Dhaka by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe on September 6 and 7. The Honourable PM Hasina concluded a successful  trip to Japan in May and secured commitments from the Japanese Government for up to Y 600bn ($ 5.9bn) in economic assistance over the next 5 years that will be focused primarily on a number of high profile infrastructure projects. Indeed there...

Ebola – the failures of the international outbreak response

DEAD bodies in the street, families wiped out, dozens of health care workers infected, hospitals shut down and panic and mistrust in the eyes of the people in the streets. This is what Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) usually sees in countries that are ravaged by war, but in Sierra Leone, Liberia and - to a lesser extent – Guinea, it is Ebola that is generating immense, public distress. As of today more than 1,427 patients have succumbed to Ebola viral...

The polit(r)ics of silence

LET us start by describing two pertinent issues. First, a politically cognisant teacher frequently asks a question to a new group of students to know how many of them would like to be politically conscious beings. Most often the all pervading silence conveys a big 'NO' to politics. The second issue, couple of days ago we witnessed a tragic launch accident. Even the 'submerged mass coffin', Pinak-6, could not be traced out. Sadly, people became sympathetically silent with no...

KALEIDOSCOPE

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Come out of the denial mode

Come out of the denial mode

FAMILIES of some 100 victims of enforced disappearances gathered at the Jatiya Press Club premises on Saturday to observe UN's International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.  They told heart-rending stories of how they lost their loved ones after they were 'picked up' by members of the law-enforcement agencies. They are still...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Published Date: September 1, 2014
A straw in the wind

IT appears that the magic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is waning. His Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has met a reverse in the by-polls. Out of the 18 seats in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Bihar, the BJP won only seven. The parliamentary election held nearly four months ago saw the BJP sweeping and even getting a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha. The disenchantment of the voters in such a small period is indeed a point of...

Published Date: September 1, 2014
A disastrous turn of events

ON Saturday evening the political crisis that has captivated this country for three weeks boiled over. First, there were indications that somehow the government had acceded to the most extraordinary and wretched of capitulations: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was, according to feverish rumour, to go on a month-long enforced vacation while a senior minister ran the government and the Supreme Court-led judicial commission investigated the allegations of so-called widespread fraud in last year's election. If the allegations were found to be...

KNOT SO TRUE

Published Date: September 1, 2014
Is this for real?

WHILE Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India posted 11 sweet tweets in 'Japanese', just with the hope of strengthening the ties between the second and the third largest economies of Asia, right before he began his visit to Japan last Saturday, a Youtube video caught your columnist's attention: “History is written by the victors… Surely a war is going on and some of us will die. We will destroy all…(who oppose us)” These lines are taken from an extremely well edited...