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It is now the month of December, our victory month. After nine months of imposed war, Bangladeshis earned their liberation from the clutches of the Pakistani occupation forces.


The COP21 talks which began on Monday are the most important multilateral opportunity for the world to unite in responding to climate change.


The so-called Islamic State, in the latest edition of its online propaganda magazine, has declared that it is preparing to “rise and expand” in Bangladesh. The recent spate of anti-secular killings underscores the seriousness of this threat. 


That is so in the three countries that once constituted the subcontinent and belonged to the same political realm.


Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, secretary general of the main Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami, were ”hanged together, at the same time” at 12:55 a.m. at Dhaka Central Jail.


When you are a non-resident Bangladeshi living ten thousand miles away from where you were originally born, you are most torn between being yourself and being the one you once signed up for. So, anything worrying happening in Bangladesh triggers an extra nerve pain.


Four decades is much too long a wait for justice. The ICT was not about revenge, as many would and do simplistically reduce it to — it is about coming to terms with history.


The people of Bangladesh in general and god-fearing Muslims in particular need to understand the threats posed to their democratic pluralistic dispensation by religious extremists. 


If ever there was an appropriate case for judicial leniency or presidential clemency it is in the tragic case of Oishee, recently convicted of murdering her parents and sentenced to death as a result.


Over the past half century, lending to the poor has taken on many different forms. The microfinance movement began in earnest when Muhammad Yunus, the then-economics professor at Bangladesh University, came up with the idea of providing small loans using his personal funds to local villages in the 1970s.


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