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Human rights and Social Justice Issues facing the World

  Rayhan Ahmad Topader:   The connection between democracy and health runs deep, and it is tempting to tie a country’s political institutions directly to its overall health. A country’s political structure, however, influences essentially every facet of society, including health, and thus interactive and interdependent effects work in multiple directions. Democracy is but one determinant of health. And even ...

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Gaza: ‘World’s Largest Prison’

By Akbar Hussain: We are utterly shocked, traumatized and devastated to witness the heinous scenes in the ‘world’s largest prison’ – Gaza, Palestine, held captive by the Israeli army. The occupied land, which has now become a tiny enclave, has been surrounded by the Israeli forces. For almost two weeks, sound grenades have been fired, wounding many civilians and innocent ...

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Ensure Justice for Migrant Workers

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   Bangladesh is one of the top labour sending countries of the world. In the last decade, the number of Bangladeshis migrating abroad for employment has increased almost 100 times since the mid-1970s, when labour migration to the Gulf region commenced. Migrant workers have not only been contributing to the country’s foreign exchange reserves, they alleviate ...

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“The Fast of Ramadan, Covid-19 pandemic: A Reflection

By Khaled Noor:     The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting during Ramadan is obligatory for every Muslim of full age who is mentally and physically fit. There are some exceptions, such as those who are travelling. The month of Ramadan has special significant in the Islamic calendar, as it is the month ...

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Muslims navigate curbs during another pandemic Ramadan and Eid

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   Muslims around the world will be celebrating Ramadan in the midst of a pandemic for the second year in a row.The spread of Covid-19 has impacted much of the world’s population, with governments imposing lockdowns and strict measures to curb the spread of the virus.While many have found ways to adapt to the new normal ...

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Coronavirus Second Wave is worrying, people need to be extra cautious

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   This was as true during the first nationwide lockdown last year as it is on the eve of the second, discounting the recent farce of a lockdown imposed on April 5. What will happen to the poor and marginalised when the all-out, lockdown goes into effect and they are forced to stay indoors and wait ...

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The hard truths of climate change

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:     The planet is warming, from North Pole to South Pole. Since 1906, the global average surface temperature has increased by more than 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius)-even more in sensitive polar regions. And the impacts of rising temperatures aren’t waiting for some far-flung future the effects of global warming are appearing right now. ...

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The world’s slow emergence from a global pandemic

      Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   We are going through what by every measure is a great crisis, so it is natural to assume that it will prove to be a turning point in modern history. In the months since the appearance of Covid-19 the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, analysts have differed over the type of world ...

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Power Sharing Can Help to Establish the Rule of Law

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:     The United States is committed to withdrawing its last 2,500 troops from Afghanistan less than 10 weeks from now, on May 1.That’s under a deal the Trump administration made last year with the Taliban.But it’s far from certain that will happen. Neither the Taliban, the Afghan government nor the United States have kept all ...

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Civil War and Domestic Politics in Syria

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   The Syrian civil war that has decimated the country for 10 years now, provoking a regional humanitarian crisis and drawing in actors ranging from the United States to Russia, appears to be drawing inexorably to a conclusion. President Bashar al-Assad, with the backing of Iran and Russia, seems to have emerged militarily victorious from the ...

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