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),
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,
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
By Mudasir Ahmad on 29/07/2017 The armed forces tribunal’s verdict to free the accused has created a fear for safety and a demand for justice among the victims’ families and villages. From left: Father of Riyaz Ahmad, his son Aijaz and father of Shehzad discussing the army tribunal’s verdict. Credit: The Wire Srinagar: “It feels
By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta on 29/07/2017 When he harboured ambitions of being the opposition’s key to power at the Centre, Nitish Kumar made many a scathing comment against the BJP and its allies. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI Back in 2013, in a decision he portrayed as “principled,” Nitish
By James M. Dorsey A web of formal and informal Israeli-Arab relations and common fears of renewed popular uprisings that could threaten regimes and benefit Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood facilitated Israel’s backing down in the crisis over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount or Haram al Sharif, home to Islam’s third most holy shrine, the Al
“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
“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.