Beyond martyrs and victims: Who is worthy of human rights?

The brutal killings by the Israeli state that we are witnessing in Gaza is an ongoing manifestation of selective humanity.

2h ago

Corruption, zero-sum politics and democratic decline

Governments that score low in corruption indexes are more prone to use force and violence to control and suppress dissensions and protests.

7h ago

AI, AI, Captain: Will machines end our creativity?

Will artificial intelligence end human creativity? Or will it complement and expand it?

20h ago


Stocktaking for COP28 / Bangladesh’s energy transition journey so far

Bangladesh’s trajectory towards energy transition has been challenging but also provides valuable opportunities for other countries to learn from it.

VIP movements are Dhaka’s undiagnosed illness

If the capital's traffic condition makes you angry, you're normal

16 Days of Activisim against Gender-Based Violence / To combat gender-based violence, do away with systemic bias

Gender inequality and violence as the outcome of a society are symptomatic of the ethos that shape policies, family structures and opportunities for men and women.

In Focus

In Focus

Haraprasad Shastri: An Unusual Pundit

Haraprasad Shastri (1853-1931, Bhattacharya was the original family name) was a Sanskrit scholar, commonly referred to as a ‘pundit.

How did the U.S. and Bangladesh come to be at the same negotiating table on climate change?

We hear a lot about the COP meetings in the media.  Most of what we hear is generally around the time when these meetings of high-ranking officials from most of the countries of the world are held, usually late November or early December. 

Voyages and visions / Dutch perspectives on early-modern Bengal

The riverine area of Bengal has held a significant position in Indian Ocean trade for centuries and has also given rise to different narratives about the region in European accounts.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

When will the government learn from past dengue outbreaks?

We even have our own experts repeatedly giving warnings ahead of the dengue season, and every year, they fall on deaf ears.

Install fire-escape facilities in every building

In high-rise buildings, there should be fire-proof steel staircases for evacuation.

Railway passengers need comfortable seating arrangement

Sadly, there are not enough seats for the passengers to sit and take rest on the platform.

Views Multimedia

Views Multimedia

Tackling the causes behind fire incidents

Dr Syeda Sultana Razia speaks to The Daily Star Opinion regarding the causes behind frequent fires and some possible solutions. 

Our reality versus government's narrative

Why is there so much difference between the reality of common people and that which the government wants to see or project?

Poor policy and market management have caused price hikes

Why is the government failing to manage the market as they should?

Sued under DSA, woman dies in Rab custody

According to family members, Rab said the 38-year-old Sultana Jasmine suffered a stroke in their custody, but her relatives insisted that she had no medical issues

Have we been able to establish a state different from Pakistan?

Through the Liberation War of 1971, the people of this region wanted to establish a state that would not be built in the model of Pakistan. Fifty-two years later, can we say we have achieved that goal?

Empowering women, sustaining the environment

Amid multifaceted challenges, there is a story of interconnectedness of women and the environment.

1d ago

Expediency triumphs over principle in electoral politics

It appears that all of the ruling party’s efforts revolve around the next election, not considering longer-term ramifications for the itself.

3d ago

We need to talk about climate migration

Being a deltaic low-lying plain with a long coast, Bangladesh is geographically susceptible to natural disaster.

3d ago

How the US is arming Israel's genocide in Gaza

US weapons, provided with visible enthusiasm to the Israeli occupation forces, are being used to commit war crimes and genocide in Gaza.

3d ago

The most pervasive human rights violation

Addressing the urgency in Bangladesh during the 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence: a call for legal reforms, societal transformation, survivor-centric care, and support for women's organizations

3d ago

How will the Pannun 'murder plot' affect India-US relations?

The Biden administration appears to be isolating the murder plot.

4d ago

Issues our banking sector must address

As most of our economic sectors depend heavily on banks, it has created many problems for the banking sector and its depositors.

4d ago

Dying soil in need of care and justice

The relationship between soil and water plays a significant role in achieving sustainable and resilient agrifood systems.

4d ago

An open letter to the UNSC from Doctors Without Borders

A firsthand account of the crisis in Gaza, with an urgent plea to end Israeli siege and attacks

4d ago

Are we taking the risk of earthquakes seriously?

Experts say a powerful earthquake will destroy vast amounts of infrastructure in Bangladesh.

4d ago
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