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  • Coalition bombing of Syria may serve the ego but not the distressed

    The civilised world has stopped altogether questioning the legality of military actions of countries mighty and powerful beyond their own borders since the illegal occupation of Iraq by the US and its coalition of the willing (for some countries the entire world is their area of interest, and thus their intentions and actions, they assert, cannot be circumscribed by political boundaries). However, in this instance one might nonetheless ask whether the aim of the air strike on Syrian targets on April 13 by US, Britain and France, would actually meet the stated US objective—deterring Assad.

  • We can definitely do better in governance

    The state of governance in the country has gone completely awry because of the absolute disregard for all the eight or nine essential elements that ensure good governance. But the most important of these, which are being defiled by all the stakeholders, are accountability and participation.

  • The expanding phenomenon of religious and nationalist extremism

    The attack on Dr Zafar Iqbal on March 3, only proves that religiously motivated extremism of the violent type, whether manifested in individual or group actions, continues to find its practitioners in society.

  • Rule of law must be manifest

    The common refrain chorused by the AL leaders after the verdict of February 8 was “Nobody is above the law,” and affirming that rule

  • BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia

    Implications of Khaleda's imprisonment

    It was a surreal situation not witnessed in recent times in this country.

  • February 8th verdict may cut both ways for BNP

    February 8 may well dictate the course of the country's politics with the national election round the corner. The verdict on a long-

  • Does world peace stand a chance?

    The fears expressed very soon after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th US President is gradually coming to pass.

  • Why rubbish anything critical?

    In what resembled a now-familiar Trumpian outburst, the finance minister binned a report of the Independent Review of Bangladesh's Development (IRBD), a review of the country's development produced by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).

  • Police Week: Between reforms and rituals

    Ritualistically every year, a week is set aside in the month of January for observing as the Police Week. I use the word “ritualistically” deliberately, since except for the parade and general “durbar” with the PM, very little palpable seems to happen during the seven days

  • Genocide next door and the pontiff's moral dilemma

    The Pope has returned after two significant visits to the region. The countries he graced his visit with are the ones that are in international limelight and for the same reason—Rohingyas.

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