BLACK, WHITE & GREY | The Daily Star
  • Trivialisation of the dialogue is not the way to go

    As the much discussed “dialogue” between the prime minister and the 14-party alliance members on the one side and the opposition parties is proceeding, many are pondering whether the political situation has changed.

  • An Unavoidable Question

    Barring any dramatic shift in the current political situation or unforeseen circumstances, the 11th parliamentary elections are to be held no later than January 28, 2019. It is against this background that the final session of the 10th parliament has commenced on Sunday.

  • Democracy In Crisis: What we know and what we don't

    That democratic values and democratic institutions are in crisis all around the world is no longer a revelation; casual observation of the current global scene is enough to bear this out.

  • EVM: A Pointless Debate

    The Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) has successfully prompted an unnecessary debate just four months ahead of the national

  • Unmaking a 'lost generation'

    The dire warning of Unicef about the Rohingya children refugees in the camps in Bangladesh that they may become a “lost generation” warrants urgent and serious attention of the Bangladeshi policymakers and world leaders.

  • Will Myanmar fool the international community?

    Two recent developments have once again raised questions about the role of the international community with regard to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

  • COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY: An Alternative Proposal

    Although the concept of confront-terrorism and related strategies have a long global history, the attack at the Holey Artisan Café on July 1, 2016 made counter-terrorism (CT) a topic of public discourse in Bangladesh.

  • Trump Wins, America Loses

    The US Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's travel ban, infamously known as the “Muslim Ban”, will have far reaching impacts, both domestic and international.

  • Is Myanmar changing its tune?

    Banglade-sh's decision to respond to the ICC's request regarding the Rohingya situation, particularly about the territorial jurisdiction of ICC, is a welcome development. It's encouraging to see that Bangladesh, at least presently, is making a prudent move to consider options beyond the bilateral arrangement with Myanmar regarding repatriations of about 750,000 refugees. The futile policy of “putting all eggs in one basket” seems to have run its course with no visible results.

  • Cancellation of Trump-Kim summit: who benefits?

    The cancellation of the much-hyped planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was not completely unexpected for several reasons.