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Australia puts counter-terrorism units in airports

Australia puts counter-terrorism units in airports

New counter-terrorism units have been set up at two Australian airports, PM Tony Abbott says, amid concern over Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria. Abbott told parliament units in Sydney and Melbourne began operating last week. They had already intercepted at least one person of interest, he said. Meanwhile Australia's top spy says that 15 Australians...


Extremism worry

NINE years have passed since the country witnessed the most serious terrorist action. Although there were not many casualties in the nearly 500 near simultaneous explosions, and that was perhaps not the intention of the perpetrators, it was the first exposure of the existence of well organised extremist group with technical know-how. And after several years of being in a denial mood the government of the day was still dithering to acknowledge that Bangladesh was indeed facing a phenomenon...

13 attackers killed in Xinjiang assault

Chinese police shot dead 13 people in Xinjiang after they drove into a police building and set off an explosion yesterday, regional authorities said, in the latest attack to hit the restive region. The vast area in China's far west, home to the mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, has faced a series of violent attacks in recent years. Beijing has vowed a year-long crackdown on terrorism in recent weeks following several high-profile attacks blamed on Xinjiang militants, which since late last...

The line between good and evil

WE as a society have seen countless acts of violence, torture, terrorism and killing since our inception. Most of these atrocities have been carried out by political entities, law enforcement agencies and, in recent times, in the form of brutal mob killings -- by the ordinary citizen. It is traditionally believed by psychologists that an individual must bring certain internal factors such as personality traits, genetics, moral character and pathological tendencies into situations of violence in order to explain...


Dimension of Bangla-US security dialogue in Dhaka

THE 21st century is as exciting as it is full of unpredictable events and dangers. Most of the dangers arise from global changing pattern of security, both traditional and non-traditional. Given the background, the third dialogue on security with the US which was held yesterday (22nd April) in Dhaka assumes importance.  The main purpose such dialogue is to increase cooperation with the US in the areas of, among others, counter-terrorism, border security, joint military exercises and training including preparedness for...

New Saudi laws define atheists as ‘terrorists’

New Saudi laws define atheists as ‘terrorists’

Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of new laws which define atheists as terrorists, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and...

Say no to terrorism and militancy, PM asks children

Say no to terrorism and militancy, PM asks children

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the children to adopt the philosophy and ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and say no to drugs, terrorism and militancy. “Terrorism, militancy and drugs destroy ones life; you’ve to say no to drugs, terrorism and militancy,” the PM said while addressing a children’s...


Extremism and the distortions

Extremism and the distortions

WHETHER Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism as claimed by a quarter may be debatable. However, the corrosive impact of terrorist ideology and actions on Pakistani society is undeniable. It is only last week that Pakistan's interior minister presented a plan to bring all of its madrasas (religious schools) under its national education...

Qaidatul Jihad comes knocking at Bangladesh

AFTER a tumultuous year marked by massive protest rallies and violent confrontations between moderate secularists and Islamic radical forces, Bangladesh's tryst with religious and political turmoil seems enduring. The detoriating situation has led to fear of the revival of Islamic militancy. While outlawed but dormant militant extremist groups like Harakat ul-Jihad Islami Bangladesh (HUJI-B), Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Hizbut Tahirir are now attempting to resurge and consolidate, many newly-founded groups like Ansarullah Bangla Team, linked with al- Qaeda, have...


Politics destroying all our institutions

HABITS die hard, and bad habits die even harder, if at all.  Our self-destructive habit of blurring the vital differences between institutions of state and government and that of the ruling party is not only not dying but growing dangerously and destroying most of our cherished public institutions. The compulsion has become so strong that today it is almost impossible to be a government servant or hold any publicly funded job without establishing one's pedigree as a ruling party...

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