• Stand against violent acts of extremists

    The European Parliament delegation for South Asia has called on the government, political parties and civil society members to

  • Enemy of none, lover of sitar

    He was a sitar player. All his life, he was devoted to music, culture and peace. His family members and colleagues don't believe he had enmity with anyone. He never said or wrote anything against any religion or hurt anybody's religious sentiment.

  • PM renews call for greater unity of Muslim Ummah

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina renews her call for greater unity of the Muslim Ummah and its pursuit of the great Islamic values of fraternity, justice and inclusion. The premier also reiterates her "zero tolerance" policy to terrorism and violent extremism.

  • Change strategy for containing violent extremism, ICG urges Bangladesh govt

    The government should change its present strategy to contain violent extremism and political threats, says Brussels-based think-tank International Crisis Group.

  • Dhaka-US renews pledge to fight extremism

    The US say it will remain beside Bangladesh in the ongoing fight against violent extremism and terrorism, which threaten societies that cherish basic human freedom.

  • Uniting to prevent violent extremism

    Violent extremism is a direct assault on the United Nations Charter and a grave threat to international peace and security.

  • We are better off but not happy!

    Bangladeshis simply cannot allow extremists to triumph over liberalism and the way to defeat extremism is neither through dagger nor through 'development' but through unadulterated democracy.

  • Reactivated JMB!

    If all those extremists killed and arrested in the last one month belong to the JMB then all those that had written off the extremist group as a non-entity and without the capacity to create problems for the country must be eating their words, and that includes the head of our police too.

  • Bangladesh in 34-state Islamic military alliance

    Bangladesh has joined a Saudi Arabia-based 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA.

  • In the grip of madness

    Bangladesh's experience with ribald extremism and terrorism is more recent and, so far, has been less painful in terms of mass attacks or casualties. But there has been a slow, but steady gnawing at the very soul of this country.

  • Understanding the insidious extremism

    Against the obscurantism of the scheming religious extremists, one has to realise that in rural Bangladesh, religious and traditional beliefs are far more tenacious than the liberal fronts imagine.

  • Paris attacks may lead to US military anti-IS escalation

    Paris attacks seem likely to compel President Obama to consider military escalation against IS in Iraq and Syria. But that probably will not mean dramatic moves like launching US or international ground offensive or accelerating aerial bombing in hopes of eliminating the global threat of violent extremism.

  • Military police attacked at Dhaka checkpost

    An unknown assailant stabs a member of military police at Kochukhet checkpost in Dhaka. Confirming the incident, Syed Qaiyum Zaman Khan, deputy commissioner of Mirpur zone of police, told The Daily Star that a man has been arrested in this connection.

  • ISIS in Bangladesh: Contradictory messages deepen anxiety

    Siegfried O. Wolf, a professor of political science at the South Asia Institute of the University of Heidelberg, said that foreign intelligence agencies did withhold sensitive information from Bangladesh, fearing that it could be misused. The country is in the grip of extreme political polarization, he said, and there is factionalism and rivalry among security agencies.

  • 22 Shia marchers killed in Pakistan suicide blast

    A suicide bomber has killed at least 22 people taking part in a procession by Shia Muslims in southern Pakistan.

  • Fakhrul calls for unity against militancy

    BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir calls for national unity against militancy and extremism in the country.

  • Combating extremism

    A recently organised seminar by this paper titled “Extremism and Challenges for Bangladesh” brought together security analysts, researchers and leading editors to discuss ways and means to tackle the threat extremism poses to the country.

  • US for joint efforts to address extremism

    US envoy Bernicat says 'we have everything we need' to fight the emergence of Islamic State in Bangladesh.

  • PM seeks global unity to address terrorism, extremism

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina seeks global unity to address terrorism, extremism in her speech at 70th session of United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York.

  • ‘Dhaka closely working with US to root out terrorism’

    Bangladesh is diligently working with the United States to root out violent extremism, says Bangladesh Ambassador to the US Mohammad Ziauddin.

  • The lure of extremism

    Muslim Bangladeshis living in the UK recently became a focus of interest to all Bangladeshis living home and abroad when the news of some young Muslims of Bangladeshi origin joining the so-called Islamic State in Syria/Iraq struck the front page.

  • 2 Ansarullah Bangla Team men on 5-day remand

    A Dhaka court places two members of banned Islamist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team on a five-day remand each in connection with the blogger Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy murder case.

  • Funding extremism: 3 lawyers remanded again

    A court in Chittagong placed three lawyers, who were arrested over funding an Islamist outfit, on a fresh remand in Chittagong on February 21.

  • Syria Crisis: Islamic State 'kills 120 civilians' in Kobane

    Islamic State (IS) militants kills more than 120 civilians since launching a fresh attack on the Syrian border town of Kobane, activists say.

  • Air strikes kill 40 in Yemen

    Two air strikes in Yemen has killed at least 40 people, most of them civilians and has wounded dozens of others, medical sources said.

  • Corruption, controversial elections and violent extremism

    CORRUPTION – the use of public office for private gains – benefits a powerful few while imposing serious costs on large swathes of society.

  • Islamic State recruits 400 children since January: Syria monitor

    A monitoring group says, since last three months, the Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria and trained them as so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" and hard line indoctrination.

  • Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed

    Alienation breeds intolerance -- 'You need to invest in Islamic scholarship.'

    All countries have some form of extremism, even developed Western countries—on both the left and the right wings.

  • Protesting Avijit murder

    THE explanation offered by a senior police officer in disallowing rally of leaders of progressive student alliance to protest Avijit murder in Rajshahi University is unacceptable. They were told that only Bangladesh Chattra League (BCL) is allowed to take out processions on campus to protest the killing of secular writer Avijit Roy.

  • John Kerry

    Our plan for countering violent extremism

    SHOW the world the power of peaceful communities, and tackle bad governance that breeds frustration.