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February 10, 2017
February 10, 2017

History is asking for an address change

In my student days I worked as a bartender in a nightclub in downtown Washington, D.C.,where my colleague was a bespectacled nerdy-looking Vietnam veteran.

February 3, 2017
February 3, 2017

A moving martyrdom on a trail track

An assistant technician of Bangladesh Railway did last Friday what nobody does these days. Not since those fateful days of 1971 and some of the political movements in this country when our martyrs laid down their lives for their countrymen. Dying for others has long

January 27, 2017
January 27, 2017

Tonu murder trial and the fate of hurricanes

The Observer Effect in science has it that the act of observing will influence the phenomenon being observed. If we're looking for an answer ten months after the brutal killing of a young girl named Sohagi Jahan Tonu, this effect comes closest to explaining what has happened since then.

January 20, 2017
January 20, 2017

Light things float and heavy things sink

After Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu came to power in 1965, he called himself "The Genius of the Carpathians". He had even

January 13, 2017
January 13, 2017

When ignorance is the pillar of knowledge

The recent textbook fiasco has been a textbook case of how a dot becomes a circle. First we ignored the quality of teachers. Then we

January 6, 2017
January 6, 2017

To live and die in surrogate democracies

Russian leaders Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, in their spare time, used to make fun of Western sympathisers who blindly supported them.

December 30, 2016
December 30, 2016

New Year revelry and our declining chivalry

As we stand on the cusp of another new year, many of us are preparing for the revelry of a boisterous night. Private clubs and posh

December 23, 2016
December 23, 2016

Aleppo burning today, whose city is next?

Aleppo is now more than a historic city; it's the boiling point of mankind where human lives are changing into vapour. In this nether region, the forces of evil have come together.

December 16, 2016
December 16, 2016

The joy of victory and many defeats

Industry standards dictate that a flaw in the mirror is acceptable if you can't see it from a distance of ten feet. What's that significant distance for our history? How far back should we stand so that we don't see those flaws, which have divided this nation? At what distance could we tell if the distortions we see in the mirror are nothing but deformities of our own? How many more years should it take before we know which to blame between history and our very own histrionics?

December 9, 2016
December 9, 2016

Why child marriage is good for neither

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact,” writes Arthur Conan Doyle in The Boscombe Valley Mystery.