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    Govt should afford Rohingyas right to education

    | Updated at 10:00pm on December 24, 2016

    WHEN people flee violence and persecution in their country and take refuge in another, they are not just forced to leave their home and society behind, a large portion of such population, students or children of school-going age, are also forced to abandon their education, which is a basic right, that could restore hope and dignity in them...

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    Negotiation, not coercion, to ease labour unrest

    | Updated at 09:50pm on December 24, 2016

    IT IS unfortunate that the government preferred coercive measures than dialogue and negotiation between interested parties to ease the agitating apparel workers at Ashulia on the Savar outskirts of Dhaka...

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    Fidel Castro: a beacon of resistance

    | Updated at 10:45pm on December 23, 2016

    IN REPORTING the death of the Cuban leader, The New York Times (November 26, 2016) eulogised, ‘Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who… defied the United States for nearly half a century… bedeviling 11 American presidents….’ This tells it all...

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    Who profits from Turkey’s ‘Sarajevo moment’?

    | Updated at 10:40pm on December 23, 2016

    LET’S cut to the chase: Ankara 2016 is not Sarajevo 1914. This is not a prelude to WWIII. Whoever plotted the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov — a cool, calm, collected old-school diplomat — risks a mighty blowback...

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    Is Bangladesh violating international law?

    by Muhammad Nawshad Zamir | Updated at 10:35pm on December 23, 2016

    AMNESTY International’s South Asia director recently said, ‘The Rohingya are being squeezed by the callous actions of both the Myanmar and Bangladesh authorities...

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    An alarming increase in drug addiction

    | Updated at 10:35pm on December 23, 2016

    DRUG addiction alarmingly continues to spread its tentacles to different sections of people....

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    Tasks left undone to banish corporal punishment

    | Updated at 10:20pm on December 23, 2016

    WHAT efforts need to be effectively deterrent to social vices is that society first needs to start accepting that the vices need to be stopped...

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    The agony of the destitute

    by Shabnam von Hein | Updated at 10:45pm on December 22, 2016

    THERE is much to buy on the streets of Tehran. Iran’s capital offers alcohol, drugs, sex, healthy kidneys and even infants...

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    Ring roads

    by Mohammad Khabir Uddin | Updated at 10:40pm on December 22, 2016

    MODIANO’S trio of which Les boulevards de ceinture (Ring roads) has partaken with another remarkable epigraph engraved in its very inception from the famous French modern poet Arthur Rimbaud’s speech...

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    Steve Biko at 70 

    by Binoy Kampmark | Updated at 10:35pm on December 22, 2016

    COMMEMORATING birthdays in the aftermath of a person’s death tends to be a false exercise. At best, it reminds us about an era that will have, almost certainly, vanished...