• Bangladeshi women walk out on unhappy marriages0

    A huge cultural change means that more educated women are prepared to be self-reliant Students take a class at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong in this 2017 file photo. More Bangladeshi women are turning to education as a way of getting decent jobs and being less reliant on men to support them. (Photo by AFP)

  • The Meddling Kingdom’s threat to democracy0

    Spying on voters is an important tool of Beijing’s foreign policy as elections loom across the region The roots of Chinese spying on Cambodia were traced to the Malaysian elections last May when victory for the scandal-ravaged Najib Razaq (left) was widely expected. The Chinese politburo must now contend with a government led by Mahathir Mohamad (right)

  • The Terrorist Bringing India and Pakistan to the Brink of War … Again | Provocateurs0

    OZY 13 March 2019 Masood Azhar Why you should care Because in this tinderbox, he holds the biggest match. Dueling airstrikes, a captured-then-returned fighter pilot, politically fueled tension: India and Pakistan have been brought to the brink of war since a suicide bombing in Kashmir last month, carried out by the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. The

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      by N.S. Venkataraman         24/3/2018   China’s growth and dominance It is well accepted all over the world that during the last one decade or so, the world economy has been primarily driven by the industrial and economic growth in China, which is more than any other individual country. China’s share of

  • Is Bangladesh an underdeveloped country?0

     by Obaidul Karim Khan, Consultant and freelance writer  March 18, 2018 Bangladesh has been on the list of Least Developed Countries (LDC) list since 1975 but last week, the country has been removed from the list. Bangladesh is expected to get a status as developing country by 2024. This means that Bangladesh officially is not an

  • Hurdles in Pakistan’s Quest for Reaching Space0

    By: Ahyousha Khan       23/3/18 Space exploration is an expensive national objective for the state to pursue. Also, if a state is a developing country facing much pressing traditional and non-traditional threats, space exploration tends to end up an optional objective. Every state has a right to prioritize whichever national objective it wants to

  • Trends in Global Arms Transfer: Viewpoint from the Sub-continent0

    Asma Khalid        21/3/2018 Over the past several years, India’s unprecedented military modernization goals have worsened the security environment of South Asia. India’s increasing defense spending and its quest for acquiring sophisticated weapon systems and technologies have threatened the regional peace and stability. India is directing a huge scale modernization of its military

  • Saudi moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?0

      By James M. Dorsey       21/3/2018 In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but not one in which citizens are

  • Iran’s Offer to Pakistan to join Chabahar reflects its trust deficit with India0

    by Asia Maqsood     21/3/2018 Iran’s recent proposal for Pakistan to join Chabahar Port may reflect its lack of trust on its counterpart “India.” India may stop the development of this project under the US pressure. Besides, the Indo-US strategic robust strategic partnership can put pressure on Iran because US-Iran relations are not cordial. In

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh

    by Sayeed Al-Zaman 15 February 2020 How to convince people? Thousands of ways might be there but with a single instrument, that is language. Pursuing others using speech was thought be an art in the Classical Greece: they named it “rhetoric”. Yet, some thinkers like Plato, who was discontented with rhetoric and designated it as

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