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  • Explainer: How Mahinda Rajapaksa Pulled off a Constitutional Coup in Sri Lanka0

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    • October 27, 2018

    The whole set of circumstances surrounding Rajapaksa’s swearing-in suggest not the way a change of government ought to occur in a democracy, but the sharp practices associated with a constitutional coup, which is likely to lead to a constitutional crisis. New Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa speaks to his supporters at his residence in Medamulana July 1, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files.

  • Saudi Spy Met With Team Trump About Taking Down Iran0

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    • October 27, 2018

    CROSSOVER EVENT Mueller’s investigators examined a series of meetings between an Israeli social media strategist, the general blamed for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, and Trump adviser Michael Flynn. Betsy Woodruff,   Erin Banco 10.25.18  exclusive Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the Saudi intelligence chief taking the fall for the murder of journalist Jamal

  • Bangladesh: No Hearing on Photographer Alam’s Bail Request0

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    • October 27, 2018

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka 2018-10-25 Photojournalist Shahidul Alam gestures as he is removed from a vehicle by policemen for a court appearance in Dhaka, Aug. 6, 2018. AFP Bangladesh’s High Court has yet to hold a hearing on photographer Shahidul Alam’s fifth bail request, after weeks of repeated postponements and denials. Alam, one of South

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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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