Imtiaz A Hussain | The Daily Star
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  • Asia’s balancer, Bangladesh

    Remember those expansive aphorisms, “Britannia rules the waves” and the “empire where the sun never sets”?
  • Oscillating Anglo-American relations

    A rolling stone, as the cliché goes, gathers no moss. According to musician Robert Zimmerman, it is “like a complete unknown,” indeed, “with no direction home.” Under his more popular identity, Bob Dylan, he penned “Like a rolling stone,” often regarded the crème de la crème song in its genre. It might also be the swansong of a fabled bilateral relationship. Gone awry, that relationship arguably symbolises the upended global status of two partners.
  • A Giant Retreat for Mankind

    Remember those first words ever spoken from the moon? In the half-century since Neil Armstrong uttered them, the space race has invited many other countries—from the rich to the poor, from the developed to the developing—and even attracted private-sector
  • ‘Clash of civilisation’ or crash: Environmental doomsday?

    What do the following civilisations have in common: Mesopotamia four millennia ago; the 8th-century Viking Greenland settlement; Mayas from the 10th century; and the Khmer empire in the 15th century?
  • Angela Merkel’s legacy: ‘Holy Roman Empress’?

    Historians are often bemused by how the millennia-old Holy Roman Emperor was not holy, nor Roman, nor even an emperor.
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