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There are many reasons why former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra should not be compelled by an extrajudicial order to pay hundreds of billions of baht in rice-scheme compensation. However, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha sees no need to consult legal textbooks.
Bangladesh's story is one of miraculous success, especially in terms of macro and micro indicators of economic and social development. Beginning with a mere US$100 per capita income in the early 1970s, today Bangladesh can boast about crossing the World Bank-defined low-income economy threshold by achieving US$1,200-plus per capita income.
We woke up last Saturday to a very painful incident in Ankara. We received breaking news messages on our phones saying there had been two blasts in the capital of Turkey. We turned on the TV to discover the full dimension of the twin explosions.
If there is one economy that has put the bulk of its eggs in the Chinese basket, it is Taiwan, with nearly 40 percent of its exports and 57 percent of its outbound investments going to the Chinese mainland.
The Islamic State (IS) has been spreading its influence across borders. U.N. figures state that there are an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters involved with IS. Few countries in Africa or Europe are exempt when it comes to supplying foreign jihadists. North Africa has played a major role in "exporting" fighters to IS with approximately 6,000 fighters originating from African countries such as Morocco, Libya and Tunisia.
Earlier this month, I was fortunate to attend the Khazanah Megatrends Forum 2015 in Kuala Lumpur on Disruptive Innovation. The forum brought together many amazing speakers who are at the cutting edge of innovation. The most impressive was Dr. Hugh Herr, who lost both legs to frost bite when mountain-climbing.
News broke last week that as early as 1977, senior scientists from United States oil giant Exxon had warned that the burning of fossil fuels was influencing the climate.
Negotiations on the largest regional trade accord in history concluded last week. Pundits have since weighed in on which groups of nations stand to gain or lose from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as the agreement is called.
The issue of exploitation of child domestic laborer does not catch our attention in Bangladesh unless there is sensational news of torture in the media.
There is a remarkable novelty in the craft of Svetlana Alexievich, the 68-year-old Belarusian writer who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. The fact that she is now settled in Ukraine conveys a very different message to the likes of Vladimir Putin in the context of his expansionist designs over the former Soviet satellites, Belarus included. Svetlana has famously been able to bridge the gap between historiography and literature, a critical departure from at least three facets -- the standard narrative, subaltern studies and the history of literature.
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