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    The majority that Lanka president must win

    Jehan Perera | Updated at 12:00am on August 21, 2019

    THE delay in the announcement of the ruling party’s presidential candidate continues. There are reports of negotiations and breakdown of negotiations within the UNP. The open disagreements within the ruling party may be...

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    Israel’s secret

    Elias Akleh | Updated at 12:00am on August 21, 2019

    IT IS an established, and a very well-known fact that Israel is a genocidal, terrorist, ethnic-cleansing colonial state. Backed by a genocidal blood-thirsty real estate elitist god (read the Old Testament/the Torah) with...

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    Government must bolster access of rural people to formal banking

    | Updated at 12:00am on August 20, 2019

    A DECLINE in the number of bank branches in rural areas against urban areas by 11.5 percentage points in 18 years comes with worries as this goes against the central bank’s initiatives to ensure access of...

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    Government must give priority to Eid-time travel

    | Updated at 12:00am on August 20, 2019

    IT IS deplorable that people returning to Dhaka after Eid remain as exposed to sufferings as they were when they left Dhaka. Sufferings of Dhaka-bound train passengers intensified on Sunday. For the fourth consecutive...

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    The corporate capture of agriculture

    Colin Todhunter | Updated at 12:00am on August 20, 2019

    MANY lobbyists talk a lot about critics of genetic engineering technology denying choice to farmers. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies to maximise choice...

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    The passing of a legend

    M Serajul Islam | Updated at 12:00am on August 20, 2019

    I FIRST saw Mizanur Rahman Shelley in the first lecture I attended as a political science student in Dhaka University in 1965. He walked into the class with the roll-call register for which he had no use to lecture on...

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    Orwell revisited in the age of Trump

    Tom Engelhardt | Updated at 12:00am on August 20, 2019

    I, WINSTON Smith… I mean, Tom Engelhardt… have not just been reading a dystopian novel, but, it seems, living one — and I suspect I’ve been living one all my life. Yes, I recently reread George Orwell’s classic...

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    Journalism counters manufactured ignorance

    | Updated at 09:28pm on August 19, 2019

    THE disinformation industry is growing at an alarming speed and undermining democracy in an incremental manner. As part of this endeavour, there is a conscious attempt to remove the lustre from some defining...

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    The war on nature

    Evaggelos Vallianatos | Updated at 12:00am on August 19, 2019

    ANCIENT Greeks, Persians, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Chinese and Indians respected or worshipped several gods. Those gods were usually forces of nature, which opened the mind, eyes and hearts of human...

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    Lies, damned lies and sustainable development

    Bill Willers | Updated at 12:00am on August 19, 2019

    WHY do so many assume that a ‘Green New Deal’ won’t just empower those same forces that have run havoc upon the world for the past half century and just cause more death and starvation than has already been...