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Sanctions against Rab and the shifts in US policies

Since the US Department of Treasury and the Department of State imposed sanctions on the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and seven of its current and former officials on December 10, the future of the Bangladesh-US relationship has become a topic of analysis and intense speculation in Bangladeshi media.

Schools are finally reopening, but what’s next?

The government’s decision to open educational institutions is a welcome development. All educational institutions have remained closed since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the promise of online education has failed miserably to deliver.

Three concerns about Taliban 2.0

The Taliban has returned to power in Afghanistan. The spectacular fall of the US-backed government has caught everyone by surprise, although for years it was conventional wisdom that the war was lost in Afghanistan.

Two contexts of influx from India

The influx of people from India crossing the borders to Bangladesh in the past weeks warrants the attention of Bangladeshi policymakers. Unfortunately, the foreign minister’s recent statement that

NRC in Assam: What Happened? What’s Next?

The bizarre phenomenon called updating the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, completed under the auspices of the Indian central government with direct supervision of the Indian Supreme Court, which made 1.9 million people stateless citizens,

Revoking Article 370: Why now?

More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

December 22, 2021
December 22, 2021

Sanctions against Rab and the shifts in US policies

Since the US Department of Treasury and the Department of State imposed sanctions on the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and seven of its current and former officials on December 10, the future of the Bangladesh-US relationship has become a topic of analysis and intense speculation in Bangladeshi media.

September 6, 2021
September 6, 2021

Schools are finally reopening, but what’s next?

The government’s decision to open educational institutions is a welcome development. All educational institutions have remained closed since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the promise of online education has failed miserably to deliver.

August 18, 2021
August 18, 2021

Three concerns about Taliban 2.0

The Taliban has returned to power in Afghanistan. The spectacular fall of the US-backed government has caught everyone by surprise, although for years it was conventional wisdom that the war was lost in Afghanistan.

June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021

100 Years Of Dhaka University: The illusive autonomy and the partisanship

The founding anniversary of any organisation offers an opportunity for introspection; a centenary makes introspection an imperative. In its centenary, the important task Dhaka University faces is identifying its most significant achievement in the last hundred years.

June 25, 2021
June 25, 2021

Mohiuddin Ahmed: An institution in himself

To the average reader, Mohiuddin Ahmed is better known as the founder of University Press Limited, a reputed publishing house in the country.

June 19, 2021
June 19, 2021

A press release that bares it all

The news that the Dhaka University authorities said they will take legal action if the university and/or its vice-chancellor, Prof Akhtaruzzaman, is mocked in social media is quite shocking.

May 4, 2021
May 4, 2021

India’s Covid 19 catastrophe: The cost of complacency

"Last year, in February-March, a lot of experts had said that India will be the worst-affected country, there will be tsunami of cases.

September 5, 2020
September 5, 2020

US Election 2020: What Biden Must Do

With the national conventions behind, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden and Republican candidate incumbent Donald Trump, are now on the campaign trail.

August 30, 2020
August 30, 2020

‘Will the state take responsibility?’

“Who will accept responsibility for the incident? Will the state take responsibility?” Asked the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on February 13 of this year to the lawyers representing the state of Bangladesh while addressing a review petition. The review petition was submitted by the state. These questions were about those who have disappeared and remained missing for years.

April 21, 2020
April 21, 2020

Defunding WHO: Trump’s reckless decision

President Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the midst of a global pandemic is not only reckless