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International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in...

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It...

Does anyone care if exam questions are leaked?

No minister is more abused than Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid now famous for his lack of achievements than anything else. But the falling...

Global objective vs regional reality 

Both India and China are experiencing high economic ambitions and conflict in an age when globalization is under threat as regionalization rises. The ‘global...

Leaking exam questations, Jihadi bribe money, a VC’s rescuer choice, FB...

If anyone was involved with the education sector in Bangladesh with a sense of embarrassment, this would be a bad moment. But no red...

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for...

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would...

What will an “illegal Bangladeshi Muslim” exodus from Assam do?

The process to identify illegal Bangladeshis of the Muslim variety in Assam is on. The objective of the exercise is to expel them from...

Is the incumbency factor already working against the ruling AL?

There is no question that Bangladesh is experiencing high growth but is it reaching the majority of households and will that translate into votes...

As Myanmar faces global accusation of genocide what will China do?

Myanmar was feeling comfortable in the post Rohingya ethnic cleansing period as China and Russia stood by, India stayed non-commital and UN as well...

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947....

Bangladesh: The politics of political minorities

The birth of a new Front, an alliance of four political parties of sorts, not famous for their clout or size hasn’t created waves...

Rohingyas and the politics of crisis

While Bangladesh is not really able to assert itself on the Rohingya crisis given its lack of clout and support, Myanmar has done better...

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of...

A violent winter of Bangladesh politics

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s convoy was attacked on the way to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, though the victims were almost all media workers...

Myanmar crisis: Will Sk. Hasina seek new allies?

  The Myanmar refugee crisis may cause several contingent problems at local, national and international levels. Old relationships are already under stress and the potential...

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been...

Rohingya crisis reveals reality of India’s relations with Bangladesh

The Myanmar crisis exposed the long standing strains of Indo-Bangla relations that have been on and off the boil for long. While India is...

Myanmar crisis and its impact on Bangladesh’s politics

Unlike Myanmar where the politics is fairly one sided, Bangladesh has two parties slugging it out. The current PM Sk. Hasina belongs to the...

The failed plot in Dhaka; did media pass the maturity test?

In the wake of the Myanmar Rohingya crisis, political anxiety and a sense of uncertainty has surfaced in Bangladesh which was only to be...

Sk. Hasina and Rohingyas: There is goodwill not political will

Sheikh Hasina at this point is certainly more admired than Suu Kyi, but as her speech at the UN shows, she can gather a...