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Wasteful and dangerous arms racing

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945, respectively. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only use of nuclear weapons in armed conflic. Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the ...

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The legitimate victim status of migrants

Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   Human trafficking is the process of trapping people through the use of violence, deception or coercion and exploiting them for financial or personal gain. What trafficking really means is girls groomed and forced into sexual exploitation; men tricked into accepting risky job offers and trapped in forced labour in building sites, farms or factories; and women ...

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WHERE IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY

  By  F R Chowdhury:   A few days back we read a news item that a Bangladeshi ship was detained in Germany by Port State Control for reasons of safety. In the commercial world of shipping, PSC detention of ships is not a very unusual thing. But the same happening to a year old ship is unusual. If it ...

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Taliban and the future of Afghanistan are growing in world politics

  Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   Since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the humanitarian emergency there has become even more dire. This briefing note outlines the most pressing issues and steps to help relieve the suffering.Dramatic scenes at the Kabul airport of Afghans desperate to leave the country, and horrific bombings there, captured the world’s attention in the weeks after ...

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Afghan protesters called for  “death to Pakistan”, “death to ISI”

By Matiar Chowdhury:   Protests erupt in the Afghan capital, with chanting of anti-Pakistan slogans, after the Taliban completes takeover of the country.  The demonstrations – which ranged in size from several hundred to a few dozen – began on Tuesday morning and continued into the afternoon before they were dispersed by the Taliban fighters firing into the air. Hundreds ...

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Afghanistan faces a humanitarian crisis

Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   The recent war of Afghanistan has been one of the costliest war in terms of lives lost and money spent. From available records, the US has spent at least three trillion dollars in last twenty years to train and equip three hundred thousand Afghan soldiers and militia with all sorts of modern weapons. These soldiers were ...

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Taliban, Hefajoti Islami and The Dream of a Secular Bangladeshi

  By Matiar Chowdhury: No sir no, we do not have Taliban in Bangladesh. But we do have Hefajote Islam, Jamate Islam, JMB (Jamaetul Mujahideen Bangladesh) and also BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) etc. Name goes on and on. They come in all shape and form. Unfortunately, it’s a good business of hatred in South Asian Muslim countries. Never speak about ...

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The Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Charity Smile Is A Remedy For Global Warming 

By Shofi Ahmed:   It really doesn’t cost one Earth to open a welcome door to the world. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Smiling in your brother’s face is an act of charity” (At-Tirmidhi; Declared Authentic by Al-Albani). So we can perfectly be generous with the world with our smiles. Generosity doesn’t require one to dig deep in the pocket. That ...

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Climate change risk for Future generation

    Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   Climate change is not a new topic; it is a phenomenon that has been occurring over a period of years. However, the impacts of climate change have become more conspicuous in recent years due to compounded vulnerability a function of several factors including urbanization migration, and population pressure, among others.The Global Climate Risk Index ...

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20-year mission collapses in a single day

Rayhan Ahmed Topader:   Taliban fighters take control of Afghan presidential palace after the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.All events indicate that a Taliban victory in Afghanistan is now a certainty. The former prime minister Ashraf Ghani has reportedly left the country, saying that he did so to prevent any further violence. The Taliban themselves have said they ...

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