16h ago| Opinion

Why have politicians stopped participating in relief activities?

Bangladesh has always been known as a land prone to natural disasters. Over the years, countless floods and cyclones have devastated the lives and livelihoods of its people, especially those living in marginal settings such as the coastal areas or the low-lying districts in the north and the northeast.

16h ago| Opinion

The Bridge on the River Padma

Our senior citizens with a taste for Hollywood and British classic films will perhaps remember where I have taken the title from.

16h ago| Opinion

Our burning world needs a renewables revolution

Nero was famously accused of fiddling while Rome burned. Today, some leaders are doing worse.

2d ago| Opinion

Roe vs Wade: The United States' descent to the ‘Dark Ages’

As I type this, the horror of this ruling is unfolding.

3d ago| Opinion

The Sylhet floods are anything but normal

As you read this piece, the water is receding in Sunamganj, while the bodies surface.

Padma Bridge is a metaphorical countermovement

Recently, on a wintry afternoon, I went to see the Padma Bridge.

How the US could lose the new cold war

The United States appears to have entered a new cold war with both China and Russia.

Why I’m a fan of Ananta Jalil

But not because of the logic-defying stunts in AJ's latest movie venture, Din: The Day. It's because of Ananta Jalil, the human being.

4d ago| A Closer Look

India should think beyond the Hindutva agenda

Over the last few years – under the BJP government – India’s religious polarisation has increased in degree and intensity.

6d ago| A Closer Look

Why are we still rewarding money launderers?

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has placed a controversial suggestion in his budgetary proposal: money launderers – read financial criminals – will be allowed to legalise their laundered money without having to face any questions, if they pay a meagre 7-15 percent tax.

6d ago| Interviews

Our embankments are contributing to floods, not stopping them

Dr S Nazrul Islam, founder of Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) and Vice President of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), speaks with Naznin Tithi of The Daily Star about the causes behind the devastating floods in Sylhet and Sunamganj, and what the government must do to avoid such disasters in the future.

1w ago| Opinion

Mizanur’s ordeal was unacknowledged detention and torture

Well-known civic rights activist Mizanur Rahman’s narration of his harrowing experience of being picked up by police and tortured under custody, published in this newspaper’s online version on June 15, gives us some disturbing snapshots of the unlawful actions of our law enforcement agencies.

1w ago| Opinion

Government urgently needs to arrange relief for all flood-hit people

We have not seen such devastating floods in the country since 1988. Every year during monsoon, the haor areas of Sylhet and Sunamganj districts experience flooding – but it has never been this catastrophic.

Stateless refugees and the calculus of human worth

There’s a whole calculus about good refugees and bad refugees, and how many of which must be welcomed where.

Have we already started seeing the Rohingya refugee crisis differently?

The 2022 JRP has five strategic objectives to support the affected Bangladeshi and Rohingya populations.

Unusual power lust in modern West

After quenching their lurid lust for power and property, funded by slavery and wholesale loot for centuries, leaving behind a trail of torture, murder and injustice, Western colonialists began to spread the word of the holy books,

1w ago| Opinion

Can Bangladesh-Myanmar military ties stabilise the region?

A power shift in Myanmar and the subsequent polarisation among major powers triggered a new geopolitical flashpoint in Bangladesh’s strategic backyard, which the latter cannot afford to ignore.

1w ago| Opinion

Education budget not enough for 40 million learners

The government has declared the national budget at a time when the world is still reeling from the Covid pandemic.

June 26, 2022
June 26, 2022

How to build trust in EVMs and the electoral system

As per statistics of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, out of 178 countries of the world where elections are held, e-voting is currently being used, partially or wholly, in the national elections of only 28 countries.

June 25, 2022
June 25, 2022

How the US could lose the new cold war

The United States appears to have entered a new cold war with both China and Russia.

June 25, 2022
June 25, 2022

The Sylhet floods are anything but normal

As you read this piece, the water is receding in Sunamganj, while the bodies surface.

June 25, 2022
June 25, 2022

What does Padma Bridge mean to a southerner?

The need for a bridge over the mighty Padma River may not have been felt so dearly by people other than those who have been born and bred in the southwestern part of Bangladesh.

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022

'Israel’s actions are that of an apartheid regime. The only difference is that we are all brown.'

Dr Amal Jadou, Palestine’s deputy foreign minister, talks to Porimol Palma of The Daily Star about the decades long Palestine-Israel conflict, and the recent escalation of violence against the Palestinians.

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022

Education system in Bangladesh needs to change

In Bangladesh, although primary education is free and the government provides the textbooks, more than 4.3 million children aged 6-15 years are not in school.

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022

India should think beyond the Hindutva agenda

Over the last few years – under the BJP government – India’s religious polarisation has increased in degree and intensity.

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022

Why I’m a fan of Ananta Jalil

But not because of the logic-defying stunts in AJ's latest movie venture, Din: The Day. It's because of Ananta Jalil, the human being.

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022

Inflation, globalisation, and localisation

It is difficult these days to go anywhere or do anything without thinking or hearing about inflation – what is less obvious is what to do about it.

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022

Serajul Islam Choudhury: Our foremost intellectual and writer in Bangladesh

Today – June 23 – marks the 87th birthday of Serajul Islam Choudhury.