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Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

As a US senator from Illinois running for the White House in 2007, Barack Obama sponsored a resolution to prohibit President George W Bush's administration from taking military action against Iran unless it was explicitly authorized by Congress. His idea died in committee. Nearly seven years later, US fighter jets and unmanned drones armed...

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Indigenous People

War role ignored, now the existence

Our constitution is a product of the historic War of Liberation in 1971. Alongside Bangalees, indigenous people living in the plains and hills had actively participated in the war. Unfortunately, their contribution was not recognised in the constitution framed in 1972. The constitution had glorified the unity and solidarity of only the Bangalee nation in the nine-month long bloody war in order to promote Bangalee nationalism. It had no mention of indigenous people.  About Bangalee nationalism, Article 9 of the 1972...

Ukraine Crisis

Violence flares amid war fears

Fierce battles on Ukraine's porous eastern border left 15 government troops dead as fears of a possible Russian invasion swirled yesterday despite Nato urging Moscow to withdraw its troops along the frontier. International tensions also rose as Western countries slammed a Russian food embargo imposed as revenge for sanctions slapped on Moscow over its backing for insurgents in Ukraine. The renewed violence came after Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned Moscow to "pull back from the brink" and as Western countries...

27 more fake war heroes identified

27 more fake war heroes identified

Incredulity is stretched to the limits. Government offices, so it seems, have no shortage of fake freedom fighters. Two weeks ago, the government revoked the freedom fighters' certificates of 35 public servants who had obtained those through forgery. It is now going to strip 27 more government employees of the honour that they obtained through cheating. National Security Intelligence (NSI) has prepared the latest list, which it sent to the Liberation War Affairs Ministry late last month. The ministry is likely to publish the list in a couple of days. Those on the list include a joint secretary, an executive director of Bangladesh Bank, executive engineers, tax officers, primary school teachers and...

Old story, new twists in Gaza war

Old story, new twists in Gaza war

The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault. Then as now, a question persists: Beyond...

Global refugee numbers pass 50m

Global refugee numbers pass 50m

The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says. The overall figure of 51.2 million is six million higher than the year before, a report by the UN refugee agency says. Antonio Guterres, head of the UNHCR,...

How Maliki fell out of favour with US

How Maliki fell out of favour with US

In October 2011, Barack Obama and his national security committee sat down for the most important conference call they had held on Iraq. On the videolink from Baghdad was Nouri al-Maliki, a man whom the US had backed as a second-term leader a year earlier, writes theguardian.com. Folders and briefing pads were piled in...

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