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    Under US radar: BRICS

    by Deena Stryker | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    AS THE ninth annual BRICS gathering, held this year in China, comes to an end, it’s time to point out that these five nations representing some 23 per cent of the world’s economy and 43 per cent of its population, is almost totally absent from the western media. Yet the very fact that 43 per cent of the world’s population only accounts for 23 per cent of its wealth should make the ‘developed world’ take notice...

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    Gold oil dollars Russia and China

    by F William Engdahl | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    THE 1944 Bretton Woods international monetary system as it has developed to the present has become, honestly said, the greatest hindrance to world peace and prosperity. Now China, increasingly backed by Russia — the two great Eurasian nations — are taking decisive steps to create a very viable alternative to the tyranny of the US dollar over the world trade and finance. Wall Street and Washington are not amused, but they are powerless to stop it...

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    Common sense and North Korea

    by Winslow Myers | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    THE phrase ‘common sense’ implies practical and prudent good judgement, with a further implication that the obviousness of common sense is ‘common’ because it is shared by many or even all. For example, 122 nations just signed a treaty on nuclear prohibition...

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    2 new eastern districts flooded

    Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Updated at 12:05am on September 15, 2017

    The flood in eastern districts aggravated since Wednesday inundating two more districts, Habiganj and Brahmanbaria. Sylhet and Sunamganj got no respite from floods since June...

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    Govt should investigate food minister’s Myanmar visit

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 15, 2017

    THE food minister Qamrul Islam ignored an alert that Bangladesh’s embassy in Yangon issued in the third week of August for Bangladesh to keep off any high-level engagement with Myanmar...

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    Implementation of equitable nutrition is a must

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 15, 2017

    ALTHOUGH Bangladesh has made a significant progress in reducing chronic malnutrition, stunting is still prevalent among children of poor families...

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    Rohingya and the myth of Buddhist tolerance

    by M Reza Pirbhai | Updated at 12:05am on September 15, 2017

    WHEN old and young are systematically rounded up and shot. When women are gang-raped and their babies thrown into waterways to drown. When their homes and businesses are burnt...

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    Erdogan: sticking his neck out for Qatar

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 15, 2017

    EVER since the AKP assumed power in Turkey in November 2002, the relationship between Ankara and the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council has fluctuated between co-operation and isolation...

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    Camaraderie, Café 1947 and faluda

    by Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:05am on September 15, 2017

    WITH the weariness of a kind that could be held off for a couple of more hours, we headed for Jinnah Super Market to thumb through and buy books at Saeed Book Bank, a three-storey building...

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    Yemen: a tragic tale of humanitarian hypocrisy

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 15, 2017

    ‘DOZENS killed in Yemen floods’ read the headlines last week, just when you thought things could not get any worse for a country that is enduring what has been recognised as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis...

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