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Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton defends Israel on Gaza

Hillary Clinton on Monday repeatedly stressed that Israel was “provoked” by Hamas in the current conflict roiling the Middle East, offering among her strongest statements yet concerning the hostilities in Gaza, reports Washington-based news organisation POLITICO. The former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic front-runner delivered those comments during a question-and-answer session at...

Can there be peace?

Can there be peace?

THAT'S the 24 million dollar question staring in the eye for President Abbas, Premier Netanyahu and the world at large today. There are those in the Middle East who believe that the Palestinian cause is a lost cause. This is a notion that is shared by many beyond the Middle East and the...

Editorial

Remittances take a dip

WITH troubles continuing to brew in the Middle East, which happens to be by far the largest destination for our expatriate workers, that the country has experienced a fall in inward remittances does not come as a total surprise. Needless to say it has policymakers worried. From data published by the Bangladesh Bank, we understand that remittances recorded during 2013-14 were down by approximately 1.6 per cent. This could not have come at a worse time, especially since the...

ANN-MARIE SLAUGHTER SERIES

Organising Middle East peace

Organising Middle East peace

IN Bertolt Brecht's great anti-war play, Mother Courage and Her Children, one of the characters says: “You know what the trouble with peace is? No organisation.” The play is set during Europe's Thirty Years' War, which devastated Europe in the first half of the seventeenth century, ending only with the Peace of Westphalia in...

American involvement in Iraq: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

American involvement in Iraq: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

LOOKS like America has got itself into a very sticky situation. No matter how hard it tries to stay away from what seems like a brewing civil war in Iraq, it cannot just turn a deaf ear to the formal request made by Iraqi Prime Minister Nourie Al-Maliki for American assistance. On one...

Horse jockeys at home

Horse jockeys at home

When using children as camel jockeys is finally being stopped in the Middle East, young children are being used in horse racing in Jhalakathi and its neighbouring districts. Kids as young as five are being recruited in the risky job of horse jockeys. Poverty forces families to send these minors to work where they are...

YouTube ordered to take down anti-Muslim film

YouTube ordered to take down anti-Muslim film

A US appeals court ordered YouTube on Wednesday to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent riots in parts of the Middle East and death threats to the actors. The decision by a divided three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reinstated a lawsuit filed against YouTube...

Editorial

Mortality rate among expat workers

AS reported in a Bengali daily recently, nearly 14,000 expatriate workers have died over the last five years while on the job. The minister for expatriate welfare however said in parliament that the figure is below the national death rate and should not be read out of context. Yet, we cannot take comfort in the fact that 94 per cent of these deaths are stated to be “unnatural”. A large portion of the deaths have resulted from ailments like...

Manpower Export to 3 ME Countries

Doors still shut for local touts

Three major labour-importing countries in the Middle East are still reluctant to recruit workers from Bangladesh as they are not happy with “problematic” recruitment process of private recruiting agencies. These recruiting agencies export manpower with the help of unrecognised middlemen, who are known as “local brokers” or “adam baparis”. Both the agencies and the brokers allegedly exploit the jobseekers by charging excessive fees and sometimes providing so-called free visas. Moreover, these agencies sometimes send workers two times the number required by...

The Brunei Times

Israeli snags in peace process

WITH the April deadline looming, US Secretary of State John Kerry has been increasing efforts to make both Palestinians and Israelis agree on a framework which can work as a guide or map for the further peace negotiations. However, before any progress could have been made on this front, Israeli Army Radio announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Kerry that he wants to annex a fourth bloc of West Bank settlements. This should not come as a surprise...

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