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    Is US on a major about-turn on Iran?

    Salman Rafi Sheikh | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2019

    IN MAY 2018, more than a year ago, when the US threw the hard-negotiated nuclear deal with Iran out of the window of the Oval office, it did not come as a surprise, for Donald Trump was only fulfilling the promise he had made to his voters during his presidential election campaign the year before. When the deal was...

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    Notes from days when cricket wasn’t war

    Saeed Naqvi | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2019

    THIS Sunday, I look forward to being seated with friends in an arc around the TV set, ready to exult at the outcome of the Indo-Pak ODI at the Old Trafford in Manchester. But two friends who have surprised me...

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    Missing masses amidst clientelism

    Unnayan Onneshan | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2019

    THE 48th national budget of the 2019–20 financial year is placed when macroeconomic instability looms large with creeping imbalances while the situation of common people is also in distress. Though common people are...

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    ACC must steer clear of public perception of corruption

    | Updated at 12:10am on June 14, 2019

    THE statement that the prime minister made in the parliament on Wednesday that the public perception about many of the Anti-Corruption Commission employees being involved in corruption was not...

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    No scope for govt leniency to food manufacturers

    | Updated at 12:10am on June 14, 2019

    THE report of latest tests that the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution conducted on 52 food products manufactured by 43 companies which were on May 2 declared unfit for consumption comes to...

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    A soldier’s defence of Manning and Assange

    Danny Sjursen | Updated at 12:10am on June 14, 2019

    IT’S a matter of principles over personalities. Whether one loves or hates Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange is beside the point. The First Amendment freedom of the press is at stake now. In this case, the government’s tool for oppression is the Espionage Act, an archaic relic from...

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    Blood in the Nile

    Mahir Ali | Updated at 12:05am on June 14, 2019

    THERE were jubilations on the streets of Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan two months ago when the nation’s military pulled the plug on Omar Hassan al-Bashir. After his 30 years of misrule, there...

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    The future of democracy

    Aleksandar Sarovic | Updated at 12:05am on June 14, 2019

    THE word democracy derives from the Greek words that means ‘people govern.’ Generally, it is assumed throughout the world that the democratic way of decision-making is the best possible and therefore, the most...