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    The mafia state

    by Chris Hedges | Updated at 10:20pm on December 06, 2016

    SYSTEMS of governance that are seized by a tiny cabal become mafia states. The early years — Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton in the United States — are marked by promises that the pillage will benefit everyone...

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    From macro to micro in Lanka’s Wanni region

    by Jehan Perera | Updated at 10:15pm on December 06, 2016

    INTERNATIONAL Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992...

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    The Zeus complex: against air war

    by Paul Rogers | Updated at 10:15pm on December 06, 2016

    THE assault on Aleppo by Bashar al-Assad’s forces continues, with appalling consequences. It may even now be reaching a climax, aided by the Russian air attacks that are proving even less discriminate than the much larger number of coalition airstrikes across Syria and Iraq...

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    Rohingya genocide no more a myth

    by Habib Siddiqui | Updated at 10:10pm on December 06, 2016

    AGENOCIDE is taking place against the Rohingyas of Myanmar. It is not a new one in this Buddhist-majority country and has been an ongoing ethnic cleansing national programme to erase Muslim presence since Burma emerged an independent state...

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    Autorickshaw indiscipline needs to be sorted at root

    | Updated at 10:10pm on December 06, 2016

    INDISCIPLINE that has become typical of autorickshaws plying the road is concerning as for passengers as much it is for the government in its failure to enforce rules and regulations...

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    Yet another fire at Karail slum

    | Updated at 10:00pm on December 06, 2016

    About 500 families losing their shanties and belongings to a fire that broke out in a portion of the Karail Boubazar slum in the capital on Sunday is, indeed, a matter of concern...

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    The coming war on China

    by John Pilger | Updated at 10:15pm on December 05, 2016

    WHEN I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open...

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    Adiós Fidel: champion of the oppressed

    by CR Abrar | Updated at 10:05pm on December 05, 2016

    ‘FIDEL put Cuba on the map, and made Cuba a paradigm for the people of the world, especially the poor and the marginalised’. This is how a young Cuban mourned the death of his leader, Fidel Castro...

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    Part CXXXIX: The symphony of our times

    Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley | Updated at 10:05pm on December 05, 2016

    MY FIRST meeting with president Ayub Khan has already been mentioned. It was in 1960 when I was a student of the second year BA (honours) class and elected literary secretary of the SM Hall Students’ Union in Dhaka University...

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    A new round of UN and US sanctions on North Korea

    by Peter Symonds | Updated at 10:00pm on December 05, 2016

    UNDER pressure from Washington and its allies, the UN Security Council imposed a new round of punitive sanctions on North Korea on Wednesday over its fifth nuclear test in September and a series of missile launches...