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    India’s unjust anti-dumping duty

    | Updated at 08:40pm on January 10, 2017

    THE Indian government’s decision to impose what it calls anti-dumping duty ranging from $6.30 to $351.72 a tonne on the import of Bangladeshi jute and jute products for the next five years appears to be a deliberate act to obstruct export to India...

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    The Fidel I knew: my 100 hours with Castro

    by Ignacio Ramonet | Updated at 10:05pm on January 09, 2017

    FIDEL is dead, but he is immortal. Few people have known the glory of entering into the realm of legend and history during their lifetime. Fidel is one of these people....

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    Tribalism, nationalism and fascism

    by John Scales Avery | Updated at 10:00pm on January 09, 2017

    A drop of good sense, in a sea of emotion WHEN I was seven years old, and in the third grade of school, my teacher described human behaviour in a way that has stuck in my mind for three quarters of a century: She said, ‘A drop of good sense, in a sea of emotion!’...

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    Artificial intelligence and human rights

    | Updated at 09:55pm on January 09, 2017

    WHEN William Gibson wrote those words in his groundbreaking 1984, novel Neuromancer, artificial intelligence remained almost entirely within the realm of science fiction...

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    The symphony of our times

    | Updated at 09:50pm on January 09, 2017

    THE few days that we stayed in the Circuit House at Cox’s Bazar we had our lunch and dinner at Shahed’s bungalow, official residence of the sub-divisional officer, chief magistrate and administrator of the sub-division. During our stay there, Shahed took us to Teknaf bordering Burma (Myanmar)...

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    Border killing by BSF continues

    | Updated at 09:50pm on January 09, 2017

    YET another Bangladeshi died at the hands of India’s Border Security Force in the Chakulia border in Chuadanga early Saturday...

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    Govt must improve its primary education offering

    | Updated at 09:35pm on January 09, 2017

    GOVERNMENT primary schools falling behind non-government schools and kindergartens in primary-final examinations for three consecutive years, as New Age reported on Sunday, comes to be concerning. In 2016, 6.97 per cent of PEC examinees could score GPA 5 from government schools, with 2.2 per cent from newly nationalised schools added to this...

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    Obama’s deadly Afghan acquiescence

    | Updated at 09:30pm on January 08, 2017

    OCCASIONALLY a New York Times writer like Mark Landler will be permitted to step up to the plate and write a sensible article about president ‘No Guts Obama’ and how he caved in to folks whom he lacked the political courage to cross...

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    An archbishop, reportedly, initiates onslaught on ‘sinful’ Venezuela

    by Farooque Chowdhury | Updated at 09:30pm on January 08, 2017

    THE following news-report by Fox News says: ‘On New Year’s Day, priests across Venezuela reportedly were instructed by Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, the archbishop of Caracas, to read […] a text during the homily encouraging parishioners to take a stand for democracy and not be intimidated by the socialist rule of Nicolas Maduro...

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    What will Baghdad face in 2017?

    by Cathy Breen | Updated at 09:25pm on January 08, 2017

    BEING stuck in traffic is a daily fare in Baghdad. While checkpoints have been dramatically reduced in recent times, and the number of concrete walls appear markedly decreased, traffic jams still defy description...