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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops

Palestinian shot dead by Israeli troops

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the military and a Palestinian hospital official said. Residents of the Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem said Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers who had entered the area and the troops opened fire. An Israeli military spokeswoman said the Palestinians hurled rocks,...

US at war with those perverting Islam: Obama

US at war with those perverting Islam: Obama

US President Barack Obama says the US is "not at war with Islam - we are at war with the people who have perverted Islam". He was speaking to representatives from 60 nations attending a three-day event on extremism that follows attacks in Denmark and France.

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THE SONGS OF FREEDOM

THE SONGS OF FREEDOM

Powerful lyrics can be turned into lethal weapons. Even today we are moved by the songs of 'Joy Bangla'r Gaan' (The songs of freedom). These songs have remained in the hearts of countless individuals since their creation in 1971. Mora Ekti Phul Ke Bachabo Bole Juddho Kori, Purbo Digonte Shurjo Utheche and Ek...

‘71 campaign that never really worked

‘71 campaign that never really worked

With the Pakistan army facing defeats at East Pakistan war fronts one after another in December 1971, there were attempts to use religion to cover up the mindless genocide, boost their morale and raise funds for them. Terming the Pakistan troops mujahid or those who struggle for the sake of Islam, people were asked...

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The fourth great war, for modernity

WARS begin with a preamble, mostly confused, and end with a postscript, often bitter. The link between Versailles in 1919 and 1939 is standard knowledge. The Cold War began at Yalta, where Europe was divided between victors who then mobilised to protect what they had won. If the Cold War ended with Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, then that is precisely where the war against terrorism began. It should not come as a surprise that allies in Afghanistan turned on each...

Syrian rescuer recalls horror of war

Syrian rescuer recalls horror of war

  Thousands of miles from his ravaged homeland in the comfort and security of midtown Manhattan, Raed Saleh chokes up as he recalls some of the horrors he has witnessed as a rescue worker in northern Syria. He feels angry, cheated and most of all, deeply sad for his country. "Two Americans and one Brit were...

UK goes to war

The US-led coalition widened its air strikes against ISIS in Syria yesterday as British warplanes took off for anti-jihadist missions over neighbouring Iraq. The targets in Syria were said to include ISIS fighters around the besieged Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, which the militants have been battling to capture. The coalition also hit ISIS in the central province of Homs for the first time, as well as in Minbej, near the western limit of the group's control. Meanwhile, Royal Air Force Tornado...

Heart of their family stops

Heart of their family stops

Ayesha Faiz, the widow of a war hero and mother of Bangladesh's most celebrated fiction writer, died yesterday at 84. Faiz's life was one of uphill struggle and of glory too. Her struggle had begun during the war of independence when her husband, Faizur Rahman Ahmed, was killed by the Pakistan occupation forces. He was...

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Obama has a “Strategy” now!

Obama has a “Strategy” now!

ONE may not subscribe to the conspiracy theories that imaginative Muslims have been circulating since 9/11 attacks, the latest being the portrayal of the ISIS “Caliph” as a Jewish, planted by Israel to further destabilize the region. One may, however, consider the formation of Obama's “Coalition of the Willing” of more than 30...

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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