Sunday, September 20, 2015
The recent case involving the rape, assault and starvation of two Nepali women -- a 28-year-old and a 48-year-old -- by a Saudi diplomat and his acquaintances in Delhi speaks volumes of the gap between our words and actions, of our commitment and the honesty with which we deliver it, of our social reality and lofty ideals.
The photographs of Syrian refugees, women and children, as they knock on the doors of the world for entry depicts a colossal, heart-wrenching tragedy, and points to a crisis that the West has created in West Asia, one that has killed thousands of people across the region, and displaced even more.
Bangladesh, along with the countries of South Asia, is rightly worried with the so-called global war on terror shifting both focus and base from the Middle East to our region in the last several years.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Dark war clouds swirl from the Middle East, humanitarian crises worsen in Sub-Saharan Africa, and as refugees pour forth into the developed world, the United Nations General Assembly is set to open in New York. The 70th General Assembly will see an unprecedented gathering of presidents, prime ministers and kings, as well as the Roman Catholic pope, to a commemorative session on which world peace hinges.
U.S. Republican Party voters fed up with Washington and anyone with a background in politics have cheered billionaire businessman Donald Trump as the ultimate 2016 outsider, making him the front-runner for the Republican Party's nomination.
Police stations paid for by the public but never built and backhanders to smuggle luxury cars into the country -- welcome to the "Museum of Thai Corruption" where greedy officials take pride of place.
He is the self-declared foe of unbridled capitalism, rabid consumerism and have-it-all lifestyles -- but are conservatives right in fearing Pope Francis is anti-American at heart?
A year since Scotland voted against independence in a historic referendum, questions remain over the country's future in the United Kingdom with nationalists waiting for the right moment to push for another vote.
Friday, September 18, 2015
Warnings that jihadists bent on violence may be sneaking into Europe disguised as refugees are growing louder, but analysts say extremists do not need to board rickety rubber dinghies to infiltrate the continent.
Pope Francis sets off on Saturday for a trip spanning communist Cuba and the spiritual home of capitalism, the United States, erstwhile bitter enemies he has helped bring closer together.