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  • Why Extremism Is on the Rise in Bangladesh0

    Dhaka’s Secular Traditions Have Never Been More Vulnerable By Michael Kugelman and Atif Ahmad On July 1, 2016, five militants stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, a restaurant frequented by foreigners in an upscale neighborhood of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility, but local officials blamed members of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB),

  • UNCONVINCING REGULATION FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN SINGAPORE0

    By: N.S. Venkataraman With Singapore now set to elect its next President and the present President Mr. Tony Tan Keng Yam announcing his decision not to seek a second term, the stage is set for holding a Presidential poll in Singapore under the new amendment in law. More confusion than clarity: Under the new amendment,

  • The Corruption Conundrum in Pakistan’s Democracy0

      by: Omar Waraich The dark side of Nawaz Sharif’s ouster A supporter of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif passes out after the Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify him in Lahore, Pakistan, on July 28, 2017. Mohsin Raza / Reuters Once again, a leader of Pakistan has been forced to leave office without completing a

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  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game

    “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the

  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Fear of Fall is The Issue

    “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.

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