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Friday, September 22, 2017

Picking up the straws . . . after Irma

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The final gusts of a weakened Irma blew listlessly on Sunday afternoon. Endless, dark hues across the horizon, had begun to acquire new shades of grey, followed by soft
Picking up the straws . . . after Irma

The dull Donald

| By and Alamgir Khan
After disgusting people with his clownish performances so long, Donald Trump is going to bore the world now. He drew people's attention to him with his antics and thus
The dull Donald

Welcoming refugees should be a settled question

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Many Americans, and the American government itself, have expressed shock at the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. The Trump administration has also said it is concerned about persecuted
Welcoming refugees should be a settled question

Juncker sets the EU on a dangerous path

| By and Juliet Samuel
We've been predicting its demise for nearly 60 years, and yet the EU keeps going. With Britain leaving and the continent's economy growing, its federalists are now taking

A massacre and the authoritarian authority of history

| By and Md. Adnan Arif Salim
Let's begin with the buzzword---war on terror, especially war against the Muslim fundamentalism---the post era of 9/11. Although there were critical observations and arguments, the Trump's era supplements
A massacre and the authoritarian authority of history

Mahalaya and the iconic voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra

| By and Uday Sankar Das
Mahalaya for millions of Bangalee Hindus means their greatest religious festival, Durga Puja, is just a week away.  Mahalaya, one may say is an invocation of goddess Durga's
Mahalaya and the iconic voice of  Birendra Krishna Bhadra

The Afghanistan quagmire

| By and Cesar Chelala
It is impossible to win a war that you cannot define. That seems to be the main lesson to be drawn from Afghanistan, where a so-called victory seems
The Afghanistan quagmire

Why it matters that the US president doesn't laugh

| By and David Litt
US President Donald Trump almost never laughs. The leader of the free world frequently displays a tight-lipped smile, but mirth-wise, that is as far as he will go.

The lost art of political humour

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Sometime in the mid-1960s, French President Charles de Gaulle was asked for his views on China, whose communist leadership at the time had largely not been recognised by
The lost art of political humour

Rohingya genocide and clash of civilizations

| By and Naila Farooq
During past few weeks, the most potent images and videos depicting rivers of blood beheaded children, and dead bodies lying on streets and burning people alive have bought
Rohingya genocide and clash of civilizations

Genocide and trampled humanity in Rakhine province

| By and Mahfuz Ul Hasib Chowdhury
"On this blood-stained twilight I am cursing thoseWho drove the darkness of dire nights into my heart.I am cursing those who infused the smell of corpsesOf my dearest
Genocide and trampled humanity in Rakhine province

The rain has stopped pouring . . .

| By and Mohsena Reza Shopna
There is not only a sense of nostalgia revolving around the word 'angel' but a queer romantic aura, a grand scenario with stupendous palaces surrounded by dainty winged
The rain has stopped  pouring . . .

The obsession with the self ...

| By and Nazma Yeasmeen Haque
Happy birthday to me! Whether you liked to be born or not, whether you desired to be born or not, whether you planned to be born or not
The obsession with the self ...

How much sex makes us happy?

| By and Raj Persaud and Adrian Furnham
"Sex is like money," John Updike wrote, "only too much is enough." As it turns out, that is not strictly true, at least not in the context of
How much sex makes us happy?

A naval blockade can rein in North Korea

| By and James Stavridis
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is fixated on obtaining a serious nuclear arsenal, and continues to thumb his nose at the United States and other world powers. The
A naval blockade can rein in North Korea

Those persecuted great men

| By and Waheed Nabi
In Cicero's opinion Socrates was the first man who brought down Philosophy from the heaven to the earth. Socrates used to teach Philosophy in Athens but unlike 'Sophists'
Those persecuted great men

Find a way to counter social media-savvy terrorists

| By and Swayam Prakash Pani
These days the social media seems to be a favorite haunt as well as tool of terrorist outfits. The Taliban ,otherwise known to be an orthodox outfit, was
Find a way to counter social media-savvy terrorists

North Korean nuclear 'crisis' an illusion

| By and John Mecklin
Although it has involved disturbing events - ballistic missile launches, nuclear weapons tests, military exercises, inane bombast - the North Korean "crisis" of recent months is largely an

Why America needs medicare for all

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This is a pivotal moment in American history. Does it, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialised world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person

Nothing seems to have changed

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When I was interviewed earlier this year by a news outlet, I spoke about the recurring nightmares of 1971 which I experienced last year. For about a month
Nothing seems to have changed

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