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    Elections don’t make Israel a democracy

    | Updated at 12:00am on December 30, 2018

    IT’S official, Israel is racing towards early elections. But no one is talking about who can vote in them....

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    Thoughts on Putin, economic downturns, democracy

    by Dean Baker | Updated at 12:00am on December 30, 2018

    A FRIEND called my attention to this Project Syndicate piece by Kenneth Rogoff, a Harvard economics professor and former chief economist at the IMF Rogoff argues that Russia will need major economic reform and political reform in order for its economy to get back on a healthy growth path....

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    Religious tourism

    by AG Noorani | Updated at 12:00am on December 30, 2018

    THE governments of Pakistan and India seem to not realise that, in international law, it is incumbent on them to freely grant visas and facilities to the neighbouring countries’ nationals who wish to make religious pilgrimage to shrines and places of worship....

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    Trump does what he promised at outset

    by Saeed Naqvi | Updated at 12:00am on December 30, 2018

    WITH the suddenness of revelation, withdrawal from Syria and ‘drawdown’ from Afghanistan have been announced by Donald Trump....

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    Is there a way out of Afghan deadlock?

    by Martin Berger | Updated at 12:00am on December 30, 2018

    AFGHANISTAN has always been of particular interest to world powers and they would most certainly try to conquer it....

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    Bilateral agreements on worker migration must

    | Updated at 12:00am on December 30, 2018

    THE Middle East still remained the largest destination for Bangladeshi migrant workers although the recruitment of workers in Saudi Arabia dropped to a half compared with the 2017 figure....

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    The last-ditch efforts that EC must make to save face

    | Updated at 12:00am on December 30, 2018

    THE stage has all been readied for the 11th parliamentary elections, with the future political course hinging on the polling that is scheduled to begin this morning....

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    Do political parties care about energy sector?

    by Kaniz Fatema | Updated at 12:00am on December 29, 2018

    SOME of the concerns that affect the national economy include the persistent shortage of gas supply, recurrent tariff increase, coal- and nuclear power-driven policy crisis, ever increasing dependency on expensive imported fuel....

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    Bangladesh elections 2018

    by Dilara Choudhury | Updated at 12:00am on December 29, 2018

    BANGLADESH parliamentary elections of 2018, scheduled to be held on 30th December, are indeed an interesting evolving phenomena, to say the least....

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    Lofty commitments, with little conviction

    by Rushad Faridi | Updated at 12:00am on December 29, 2018

    THE Bangladesh economy is now in a state of flux. While there are some glowing expectations about the Bangladesh economy by external reviewers, internally there are growing tension and fear about the sustainability of economy....

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