• Saturday, August 02, 2014

Opinion

STRAIGHT LINE

Those manipulative mandarins

TO what an abominable low a section of our public servants has stooped is unfortunately depicted by the following lead news report: “Child War heroes rule govt. jobs! Government revokes certificates of 35; 300 others are under scanner.” The matter relates to the government's recent revoking of freedom fighters certificates of 35 public servants who had obtained them through forgery over the past few years. The compounding shame is that the Liberation War Affairs Ministry is investigating 300 government...

BETWEEN THE LINES

Importance of being an extremist

Importance of being an extremist

AMIT Shah is a new word in the Sangh parivar jargon. It means loyalty. Shah is, without any doubt, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Man Friday. But what differentiates him from others is the blind faith he has in his master, Modi. Amit Shah was given the task to polarise the biggest state of...

Change the drug law, please

A leading English daily and its staff deserve special appreciation for the dedication shown in digging out the toxic Paracetamol story and helping to bring to justice some of those responsible for the death of as many as 2,700 Bangladeshi children from 1982 to 1992.   But public opinion is almost unanimous that a sentence of 10 years imprisonment and nominal fines of the owner and two officials of a drug company for killing 76 children with toxic syrup are...

BITTER TRUTH

Treasures of the Bay

BANGLADESH has now gained sovereign right to fish, mine and explore any resource within 19,000 sq km of the Bay by virtue of the verdict given by the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. In absence of the legal rights demarcating territorial boundary for the nations around the sea, there was hardly any law or principle to exploit resources like fish and marine life. According to Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), around 60% of the world's various...

POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Adapting to climate change: The next generation

AT this time all the countries on the planet have come to accept that human induced climate change is real and, if not tackled, may become the greatest weapon of mass destruction the world has seen. Even the United States of America has now finally come to accept this reality and is beginning to take actions. So the first stage is to recognise that the problem is real and needs to be tackled. The next stage is to tackle...

CROSS TALK

Published Date: August 1, 2014
Israel is betraying the Holocaust lessons

Israel is betraying the Holocaust lessons

ON July 20, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on a US television show and accused Hamas of a “double war crime.” He said the Palestinian organization was targeting Israeli civilians while its militants were hiding behind Palestinian civilians. What Netanyahu didn't mention is that the state of Israel is guilty of double...

Published Date: August 1, 2014
Political economy of ISIS's advance

WHICH story line sounds the more credible, - that linking the rebel movement ISIS to policies pursued by Iran, - or rather that linking the Sunni extremist force to Iran's adversary Saudi Arabia? In June last, fighters belonging to ISIS - a rebel movement that had previously established its foothold in the oil-rich areas of North-Eastern Syria - succeeded in capturing Mosul, a city surrounded by oil fields in Northern Iraq. Ever since, commentators in the world's press media...

Published Date: August 1, 2014
Condemning is not enough!

BY inflicting terror and misery on Gaza for nearly 25 days, Israel has proved the age-old proverb “All is fair in love and war” - only to be more true. The death list emerging out of the greater carnage has one cheeky message: its holocaust Zionist style stop it if you can. You can say, write, organize campaigns and take on plenty of initiatives for condemning the deaths of children in Gaza but will the killings stop? Well the answer...

PLEASURE IS ALL MINE

Published Date: August 1, 2014
Garlands or brickbats…

KHALEDA Zia's call for post-Eid anti-government movement has no timeline, nor can she have one, because she is in no position to call the shots. The loss of her pre-January 5 momentum seems irreversible, much water having flowed down the stinking Buriganga river. And the party suffers from mutual recriminations simmering under the surface. A case in point is BNP's reorganised Dhaka committee with Mirza Abbas replacing Sadek Hossain Khoka on which the party pins hope for stirring a movement...

Published Date: August 1, 2014
Two tragedies -Two different reactions

WORLD conscience was struck by two extremely tragic incidents recently. The first was the Israeli military attack on Gaza, which began on 8 July 2014. The second was the shooting down of Malaysian flight MH 017 over Ukraine on 17 July 2014. Ukraine is going through political instability since October 2013. The country is deeply split into pro and anti-Russian camps and is at war with itself. Pro-Russian separatists have practically cut off eastern part of Ukraine. Kiev has literally...