Omkar Khandekar, Maldives Independent, 29 August 2018 There are seven countries with embassies in the Maldives. What do they want from the presidential election? On 20 January 2014, months after taking office, President Abdulla Yameen unveiled his foreign policy. He underlined the importance of peace, dialogue, adherence to international laws and said his main objective was to “increase
When in doubt, Washington’s foreign-policy strategy should be to rope-a-dope. BY STEPHEN M. WALT | AUGUST 24, 2018 Sonny Liston lies out for the count after being KO’d in the first round of his return title fight by world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, Lewiston, Maine, May 25, 1965. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) It’s tempting to spend all one’s
The offer of aid by the UAE, Japan and other countries is voluntary and is a goodwill gesture in solidarity with the flood victims, and as per its own disaster management policy, the Central government may choose to accept it. Flood victims rest inside a university classroom, which is converted into a temporary relief camp
By Sharif Khiam and Abdur Rahman on Aug 29, 2018 The Bangladesh government is distributing aid to Rohingya refugees trapped in no man’s land along the country’s border with Myanmar, ignoring calls from Naypyidaw to cut off humanitarian supplies as a precondition for those people to repatriate, officials told BenarNews. Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H.M.
August 29, 2018 By Abbas Hussain FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare In his old age, a longstanding property dispute became the bane of Abdul Hamid Khan’s existence. The father of four sons and three daughters in Punjab’s Rahimyar district, Khan had been left, like Shakespeare’s King Lear, without a roof over his head. It was a dispute over land
By Commentary by Zachary Abuza on Aug 28, 2018 One year ago, at least 720,000 Rohingya began to flee for their lives from their Myanmar homes to the relative safety of Bangladesh. On the anniversary of the unprecedented exodus into Bangladesh, much has been written about the conflict’s causes, including a first-rate investigative report by
by Usman Ali Khan 31/5/2018 In the 1970s, the then prime minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, famously declared that “We will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will have our own,” while referring to the attainment of nuclear weapons. Forty years after that declaration, we attained this capability by ensuring the
by F R Chowdhury 31/5/2018 Most Bangladeshis still remember late Sirajur Rahman of BBC. In those dark days of Bangladesh when it was still under illegal occupation of Pakistan Army, people in Bangladesh used to eagerly wait for BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) news to know about the progress of the liberation war.
M A Hossain 28/5/2018 Every sensible media in Bangladesh and abroad are highly applauding Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her heroic drive against drugs. As the daughter of the founding father of the country, Hasina has exhibited her guts in instructing the members of the law enforcing agencies, especially Bangladesh police
By: Ahyousha Khan 28/5/2018 May 2018 will mark 20 years of “overt” nuclearization of South Asia wherein one is reminded of the nuclear tests at Chagai and Pokhran-II, which established nuclear deterrence between India and Pakistan. However, it pertinent to mention that the nuclearization of South Asia started with India’s so-called peaceful explosion
Interviews with a close political colleague of the prime minister are the first time that evidence has pointed towards the prime minister’s direct involvement. Under the current regime, there have been hundreds of secret detentions by law enforcement authorities, many involving the opposition. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed speaks with a reporter during the
by N.S. Venkataraman 28/5/2018 Protest against Sterlite copper project in Tamil Nadu, India which resulted in violence and the subsequent decision to close down the unit by the state government has been widely reported all over the world and has caused concern amongst the investors. In recent times, some industrial projects,
By Abdur Rahim 10 December 2018 In December this year, a free and fair election – a rarity in Bangladesh since 2008 – will determine whether the country will follow the path of democracy or authoritarianism. This was the key topic of discussion at the South Asia Journal Special Launching and Seminar at the Woodrow
By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah* 4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced