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    From Soviet occupation to American ‘liberation’

    by Nauman Sadiq | Updated at 12:05am on June 05, 2017

    During the election campaign of 2008 before he was elected president, Barack Obama made an artificial distinction between the ‘just war’ in Afghanistan and the unjust war in Iraq...

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    The symphony of our times

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 05, 2017

    AFTER the academic part of our training as civil servants had completed in the Lahore academy, we were posted to districts of our respective provinces...

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    Waste management and green Dhaka

    by Mohammad Shamsuzzoha | Updated at 12:05am on June 05, 2017

    ENVIRONMENTAL degradation is taking place in the capital city and all over Bangladesh due to uncontrolled discharge of liquid and solid waste in our environment from domestic, commercial and industrial sources...

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    Footbridges, underpasses should be pedestrian-friendly

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 05, 2017

    IT IS unacceptable that footbridges and underpasses in Dhaka are mostly found underused with jaywalking going great although Dhaka has already become a city unfriendly to pedestrians with inadequate footpaths, and many of them illegally occupied by vendors, makeshift shops and waste dumps...

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    Govt should stop levying regressive value-added tax

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 05, 2017

    COMMODITIES hardly used by ordinary people finding their way to the repertoire of items kept outside the purview of the 15 per cent value-added tax, as proposed in the national budget for the 2018 financial yea...

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    Peacekeeping is cost-effective, but must adapt to new reality

    by António Guterres | Updated at 12:05am on June 04, 2017

    WHEN I entered the United Nations secretariat building for the first time as secretary general in January, my first act was to lay a wreath honouring more than 3,500 United Nations staff who died in the service of peace....

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    Are students a class?

    by Michael Hudson | Updated at 12:05am on June 04, 2017

    STUDENTS usually don’t think of themselves as a class. They seem ‘pre-class’, because they have not yet entered the labour force...

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    Trumping the climactic exit

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 04, 2017

    AMERICAN president Donald Trump announced on June 1 that the US would exit the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, stating he was putting America first...

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    Resisting ‘sexual terrorists’ in Okinawa

    by Rahnuma Ahmed | Updated at 12:05am on June 04, 2017

    FOR the military-industrial complex named the United States, Okinawa is a ‘hub’ for conducting strategic operations throughout the Pacific, but for its residents, US military bases seem to be a hub which harbours ‘sexual terrorists.’...

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    Govt lacks political will to end gender violence

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 04, 2017

    DESPITE numerous initiatives and projects to ‘empower’ women, the number of cases of violence against women that are reported are disturbingly high...

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