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  • Rising sea swamps island along Bengal coast0

    Joydeep Gupta, Monday January 15th, 2018 Around 1.5 million people will be displaced in the Sundarbans, and the process has started Standing atop an 18-foot embankment, Badruddin Sarkar pointed to his previous home, engulfed by a rising sea (top). That was in 2009. In December 2017, Abdul Hanan showed the saline wasteland left behind (bottom)

  • Bangladesh: The disappearing wetlands of Dhaka0

    Uncontrolled and unplanned growth has meant that more than 75% of Dhaka’s wetlands have disappeared since 1967, leaving a hotter, far more miserable, city As Dhaka expands, wetlands are illegally taken over in its suburbs [image by: Sheikh Enam] Pinaki Roy, Tuesday March 13th, 2018 Shaheen Mollah recalls that, when he was a child, goods-carrying

  • What the Battle for Hodeidah Means for Yemen and the Region0

    by Michael Horton*    10 August 2018 On June 13, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in conjunction with their Yemeni allies, launched “Operation Golden Victory.” The grandiosely named offensive is aimed at seizing the Yemeni Red Sea port of Hodeidah, which has been occupied by Yemen’s Houthi rebels since

  • Bangladesh: The rise and silencing of a mass student movement0

    How did the protests begin? What made it expand in such a short time? And finally, why did it die out? The following is a day-to-day breakdown of the protests created solely based on reports published in The Daily Star from July 29 to August 7. August 10, 2018 Timeline Day 1 July 29: A

  • Bangladesh: Students Started an Enduring Movement Even as Street Protests End0

    By Pulack Ghatack, Kamran Reza Chowdhury and Sharif Khiam on Aug 08, 2018  Students in Bangladesh who held mass protests to highlight the long-standing problem of road safety may have sowed the seeds for a vibrant reform movement that could challenge the authoritarian government accused of rampant corruption and blatant rights abuses, activists and analysts

  • Bangladesh Court Frees Briton Hasnat Karim after 2 Years in Prison0

      By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 09, 2018 BenarNews English  Having spent more than two years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Hasnat Karim walked out of prison Thursday after a court cleared him of involvement in the 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery café attack that killed 29 people. Karim’s wife, Sharmina Parveen,

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  • Sri lanka: ‘Machang’, Whither 30/1 now?0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, Colombo 26 June 2018 Responding to a blogger, who addressed him as ‘Machang’ in Sinhala, Atul Keshap, outgoing US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, used the same Buddy slang and said that if we responded to every inaccurate news story that appears, we would have little time for anything else. The reference of course

  • Why is the world bending over backward for Indo centric US interests?0

    by Uzge Saleem      25/6/2018 There are no permanent friends nor permanent enemies in the international order there is only time confined strategic partners or allies which change with the ever-changing interests and concerns of a state. This pattern has both, a positive and a negative side to it. The state being favored at

  • Bangladesh – the face of endemic corruption0

    By Habib Siddiqui          25/6/2018 I arrived in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka last week via the Emirates Airlines. Since the death of my mother some three years ago, I have been visiting Bangladesh more frequently. This latest visit is planned for an extended stay, almost three months so that I could spend some

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