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Bangabandhu heard in Bihar, India – March 7, 1971

In March 1971, I was working as an agricultural volunteer on a Gandhian related poverty alleviation project in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in the villages worst hit by the Bihar Famine of the late 1960s. I had been in India for ...

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Militants will always get through for one reason: Money

In 2011, U.S. intelligence informed French authorities that a French citizen had slipped into Yemen, probably for terrorist training. In November, the French security services placed the man, Said Kouachi, under surveillance. They wiretapped his mobile phone, as well as ...

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Cremation of a nation

I see picketers on the streets, and petrol-bombers too, burning alive the souls, of me and you, and I think to myself … what a wonderful world! Parodies aside, where are we headed right now? Is the ultimate solution for ...

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Crimes of humanity

Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, and Yemen have many similarities. They are states that are creations of the US and the UK, using diplomacy and brute force as required to further self-serving, imperialistic goals in the post-colonial, post-World War world. ...

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Bangladesh-India talks serve mutual interests

Efforts to deepen bilateral ties can complement Bimstec and Saarc in helping the whole region We welcome the foreign secretary’s statement that he believes his meetings with the visiting Indian foreign secretary are helping to make progress in resolving the ...

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The man and the dog

“It might not be safe for you to come back here,” a friend told me over the phone last week. “I know,” I replied. “I’ve already thought of that.” It was February 23, and we were discussing an article I ...

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How Pakistan Violated Human Rights in Bangladesh

Andre Malraux January 1, 1972 , The Indian Council of World Affairs published a collection of stories about the serious abuses that Pakistani forces committed during the Liberation War of Bangladesh (March 26 to December 16, 1971). Andre Malraux wrote a foreword to ...

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The growing circle of intolerance

On the night of 26th February, blogger and writer Avijit Roy was hacked to death in the Dhaka University campus. His wife Rafida Ahmed has also been critically wounded. There are disturbing photos making the rounds in social networks that ...

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Delhi elections and after

Delhi is hardly the capital it used to be many years ago — it’s now a cauldron of noisy and competing diversity. No longer is it a collection of some villages that went to sleep as soon as dusk descended ...

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Story of a language soldier

If you are in Nilphamari and you ask any civil society member, “Do you know Asir Uddin Ahmed?” the obvious answer would be, “Of course. Who doesn’t know our Head Sir?” We all know Asir Uddin Ahmed as a life-long ...

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