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The terrorist politics of petrol bombs

BY  MUHAMMAD ZAMIR ::  Six weeks have passed and yet violence continues to rage on in the name of achieving democracy for the common man. On the plea of recovering the inherent and inalienable rights of the people, the 20-Party coalition led by the BNP continues to foment arson and unrest. Non-stop blockade and hartal have not only disrupted the ...

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Islam does not allow the Muslim to join ISIS

Most of us are aware that the world is affected by violent behaviors of different individuals or groups and it has increased significantly in recent years. Religions, in particular Islam, have received a great deal of criticism due to these activities. Even though the vast majority of Muslims condemn terrorism, the frequency and cruelty of the assaults have led many ...

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Is the scare of Human Rights a Bogus Boo?

By Piya Mayenin ::  In recent years the use of Human Rights as a defence for Immigrants and foreign Criminals in removal and deportation cases has been at the forefront of criticism. Surrounding the controversy has been a curtailing, repealing of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998), and replacing it with a UK Bill of Rights. We have seen ...

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Umrah!!

By Fatema Miah :: The mystical glory vision, under the glary heaven that staring down at the disciples, and there ahead stands the enormous heavenly surrounding wall of boundaries. It enriched the glorious holiness in your vision. The heaven staring down at your, enriches your glorified inner passion, the deep humble, dedication to the Lord of the universe. It draws ...

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Losing Young Britons to Terror through Disunity

By Piya Mayenin :: The ISIS led since 2010 by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is so hardline and violent that Al Qaida led by Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is based in Pakistan has disavowed them. Isis is highly fanatical; killing Shia Muslims and Christians whenever possible, as well as militarily and under tight direction by top leaders. What would drive three teenagers ...

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Bangabandhu’s unfulfilled dream

BY  SHABBIR AHMED :: The students of history of South Asia know it too well that the partition of India into two nations did not bode well for us, the inhabitants of the then East Pakistan.Punjabi clique ruled our motherland for a long time and that includes the military and the communal forces of Pakistan. These Islam-based communal forces tried ...

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A reflection on Language Day

By M. Sophia Newman::  This weekend, Bangladesh celebrated Language Martyr’s Day once again. The holiday is one of my favourites – a celebration of the genuinely beautiful thing that brought me to Bangladesh in the first place. Yet I am too afraid to celebrate. In 2011, I came to Dhaka on a scholarship for ten weeks of intensive Bangla-language study. ...

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National dialogue: Prelude or decisive solution?

There is no denying that the current political situation in Bangladesh is very grave. The cycle current politically-motivated violence has caused over a hundred deaths so far and many more serious injuries as well as enormous damage to the economy. Naturally, concerned citizens are worried and have recently urged the Honourable President as the guardian of the State to hold ...

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In one life: the memoirs of a third world civil servant

We also had many in our own age group to play with. On a hot summer day, before lunch, it was always time for a swim in the Gangina (rivulet) at the outer boundary of the village. That meant taking off all clothes and getting into the fast current of the canal and swimming to our heart’s content. In the ...

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Which way now?

Bangladesh has come a long way over the last four and half decades from the maliciously coined phrase, labelled by Henry Kissinger as the ‘basket case of the world,’ to self-sufficiency in food (and even as a net exporter of food) and the healthy gross domestic product (GDP) resulting in significant foreign currency surplus. All this had been achieved under ...

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