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Mahatma Gandhi once said, to judge how civilized a nation is, just look at how it treats its own minorities. Going by this yardstick, Bangladesh does not make a passing grade.
 
Facing Britain's imperial past, a provocative exhibition on imperial-era art recently closed at London's Tate Britain. The exhibit brought together work by colonizers and the colonized and raised difficult questions about whether modern-day Britons are meant to consider this era with pride or shame.
 
Even before the Paris agreement on climate change was formally signed, research data would suggested that groundwater levels in the Indian subcontinent have been severely depleted by climate change, intensive irrigation, and population growth.
 
In 1917, two revolutions swept through Russia, ending centuries of imperial rule and setting in motion political and social changes that would lead to the formation of the Soviet Union.
 
Taiwan has once again demonstrated a level of maturity that the international community hopes mainland China will one day show. The recent debacle over the use of "Republic of Taiwan" stickers on passports has shown that Taiwan respects the right of self-expression.
 
The Punjab bill on the prohibition of child labor in brick kilns is a double-edged sword. Ostensibly, the bill is designed to end the evil of child labor in a fairly large sector, but it also aims to revive the curse of peshgi (an advance against wages), and thus legitimizes bonded labor.
 
The new constituent country representatives to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) met this week in Jakarta. They include Indonesia's Dinna Wisnu, director of the Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy, who replaced Rafendi Djamin, who had served on the AICHR since its establishment in 2009.
 
The operation against militants in Punjab was long overdue. Both skeptics and believers of state policies had been watching out for it, locked in a "will it/won't it/when will it" debate. It's kind of like the monitoring of Voyager 1 to see whether a manmade device could exit the heliosphere, the boundary separating the solar system from the rest of the galaxy. That occurred in the same year as Pakistan's first democratic transition, which for some seemed equally improbable.
 
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has become the latest world leader to warn of the dangers of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, which the UK could potentially do if British voters opt to do so in a referendum to be held on June 23.
 
The verdict is out: There are no women, in Pakistan's population of nearly 200 million, competent enough to serve on the board of directors of the State Bank of Pakistan.
 
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