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Eight years have passed since the gruesome BDR massacre in 2009. The trial is in the process of conclusion, although several under trial BDR mutineers have died during the process, some due to heart attack. 

 

It was once a familiar refrain amongst the restaurant-goers in Dhaka that even if one didn'teat or drink anything in a restaurant, one could still end up paying twelve annas for breaking a drinking glass. That saying embodied concerns over the costliness of eating out and its incidental hazards, but eventually acquired a deeper meaning of life. It implies a Kafkaesque helplessness when one has to pay for something without partaking in any of its pleasures. Almost five years later, the Padma Bridge scandal looks like a throwback to that disturbing despair. Some people may have paid the price without doing anything significantly wrong.

 

Despite the so-called bad governance, how has the economy of Bangladesh been growing at rates higher than those of most South Asian countries? Is this a black box whose mysteries cannot be known? Is this really a 'paradox' or 'development surprise' as perceived by some economists at the World Bank? 

 

Saliha Ben Ali, a Belgian mother whose son was killed in 2013 while fighting for IS in Syria, speaks at the programme “Campaign to Counter Violent Extremism: Learning from the Society Against Violent Extremism (SAVE) Belgium” at Dhaka University.

 

Why do so many Bangladeshi migrant workers get mistreated?

 

The country has failed to do justice to writers like Ahmed Rajib Haider

 

James Robart’s order of last week that put in temporary abeyance on President Trump’s immigration and refugees order, my thoughts turned to the ongoing reconstitution of the Election Commission in Bangladesh.

 

The new Citizenship Bill is self-defeating

 

The Labour Party leader announced that he would force his front-bench team to vote in favour of a government bill to leave the European Union. Accordingly, he imposed a "three-line whip" for MPs to support the bill in parliament.

 

How can we stop young people from falling prey to extremism?

 


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