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Focus on global peace, climate

PM To Address UNGA on Sept 27

Focus on global peace, climate

In her speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will highlight international peace and security, democracy and good governance, empowerment of women, poverty alleviation and climate change. Hasina, who left Dhaka for the United States last night to attend the 69th session of the UNGA with a 185-member delegation,...


Asia's democratic dark spots

DEMOCRACY in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to manage important political transitions. But some Asian democracies – notably, Thailand and Pakistan – seem to be losing their way. Indians have plenty of experience with changing their government through the ballot box, and this year's election – the country's 16th since independence in 1947 – was no different. In...

Letters To The Editor

Pakistan democracy in death throes

“Every country has an army, In case of Pakistan, the army has a country.” It seems imminent that Pakistan is going to have a quasi-military government within the next few days. Military rule is not new in Pakistan. In fact, out of 63 years of its troubled existence, Pakistan never had a truly functional democratic governance system. However, in recent months there was a glimmer of hope that democracy may take root in Pakistan. Fourteen months ago when Nawaz Sharif won...

Joseph E. Stiglitz Series

Democracy in the Twenty-First Century

THE reception in the United States, and in other advanced economies, of Thomas Piketty's recent book Capital in the Twenty-First Century attests to growing concern about rising inequality. His book lends further weight to the already overwhelming body of evidence concerning the soaring share of income and wealth at the very top. Piketty's book, moreover, provides a different perspective on the 30 or so years that followed the Great Depression and World War II, viewing this period as a historical...

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...

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances

Darkness in democracy

THIS day, 30 August, marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The day is observed not only to remember and seek justice for those who were subjected to enforced disappearance but also to reflect on the conditions that breed such heinous practice. Furthermore, it provides an opportunity to raise the issue why those in charge of the State continue to deny the existence of such practice of law enforcement agencies that are under their command and...

Thai king endorses junta leader as PM

Thai king endorses junta leader as PM

Thai military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was endorsed as prime minister by Thailand's king on Monday, four days after he was elected by his own hand-picked parliament, although critics called his appointment a political farce. Prayuth was appointed prime minister on Thursday, three months after leading a coup, by 191 out of 197 members...


Living in the Twilight Zone

Living in the Twilight Zone

BANGLADESH lives in the Twilight Zone, which means it's in an unclear or confusing situation. It has a government but the people aren't convinced the governance is in their best interest. It has a democracy in the same manner cosmetic jewelry substitute gold and diamond. It has an economy which is basically an...

Democracy down the slippery slope

AT the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when delegates came out of the Independence Hall, one Mrs. Powell is reported to have asked Benjamin Franklin: 'Well, Mr. Franklin, what do we have? A Monarchy? Or a Republic?' Without hesitation, Mr. Franklin replied, 'A Republic, Ma'am – if we can keep it!' The framers of our Constitution, under the leadership of the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the supervision of Dr. Kamal Hossain also...


Bi-partisanship is the key

IN our disturbingly charged political climate, even the incorrigible optimists might scoff at discussions geared towards inculcating a bi-partisan approach in our political culture. They cannot be faulted as one sees a menacingly manifest partisan posture in all the discourses affecting public life. So sharp is the polarisation and so acrimonious are the deliberations that one might not realise that we are citizens of a democratic republic. Whatever be the ground reality, thoughts of bi-partisanship shall inevitably engage the discerning minds....

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