• Saudi Arabian Nuclear Reactor Nears Completion, Bringing Prospect of Saudi WMD0

    April 19, 2020 by Richard Silverstein Sequential photos of the construction process for the Saudi nuclear reactor (original 2017 photo at bottom, latest at top) Bloomberg reported last week that Saudi Arabia’s first nuclear reactor is nearing completion.  It purchased the reactor from the Argentinian company, INVAP.  But construction and installation of the plant has proven a huge

  • UN Institute Expects COVID-19 Fallout to Push Half a Billion People into Poverty0

    Photo credit: Logan Abassi | UN Photo By J Nastranis 19 April 2020 NEW YORK (IDN) Published by the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) warns that the economic fallout from the global pandemic could increase global poverty by as much as half a billion people, or 8% of the total human population. This would

    By IDN
  • Are Bangladesh’s low-cost coronavirus test kits reliable?0

    While the kits could give Bangladesh a much wider picture of the actual number of COVID-19 infections in the country, some researchers believe the accuracy of the results is questionable. A group of Bangladeshi scientists says it has developed a rapid coronavirus testing kit that can detect COVID-19 in less than 15 minutes. The tests,


  • Iran crisis: A high-stakes bet on who blinks first1

    By James M. Dorsey 15 January 2020 Two sets of US government cables suggest that Iran hawks in and outside the Trump administration appear to have the upper hand as European countries give hardliners a helping hand by attempting to force Iran to seek a diplomatic solution to a crisis that threatens to engulf the

  • India: Muslim Ladies Hit Headlines!0

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 14 January 2020 Muslim ladies who had not ever stepped out of their homes to participate in any demonstration are now in news all over the world. They have been protesting at Shaheen Bagh, New Delhi now for over a month. Unfazed by biting cold and even showers, the women’s demonstration at

  • India: Politics in the time of anti-CAA row0

    by Nava Thakuria 12 January 2020 Defying the relentless protests by a number of organizations in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam, the Union government in New Delhi has lately imposed the citizenship amendment act 2019 (CAA) by bringing the gazette notification and it was another reason to make the people in northeast India angry and

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  • Remembering Ziaur Rahman, the Leader that “lifted the nation to its feet”

    By Adil Khan   3 June 2021 Four decades ago, on 30th May 1981, Ziaur Rahman, the then president of Bangladesh who was popularly known as “General Zia” was murdered, aged 45, in a military coup in the port city of Chittagong. Ziaur Rahman, a valiant freedom fighter took over the leadership of Bangladesh in 1976

  • Bangladesh: When journalism is criminalised

    Rozina Islam has been arrested for a standard journalistic practice in Bangladesh — she should be applauded, not prosecuted. David Bergman May 20, 2021 Rozina Islam, a senior journalist from the leading newspaper Prothom Alo is taken to jail on 18th May 2011 following a court hearing after being detained by the police for alleged

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