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THE SONGS OF FREEDOM

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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...

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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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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...

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