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  • RTI vs RTP: Is there a contradiction?

    The disclosure of information on people's race or ethnicity during World War II caused one of the worst tragedies known to mankind. It led to secret denunciations and seizures, sending millions of friends and neighbours to labour and concentration camps and eventually to gas chambers.

  • How do economists regain the trust of Brexit Secretary David Davis?

    On December 7, 2017 during a debate in parliament, David Davis, a high ranking British Cabinet Minister, voiced his frustrations with economists, particularly with their practice of creating economic models and predicting the course of events using these models.

  • Fewer risks, higher rewards

    This is a time to reflect on the progress made in protecting the rights of migrant workers in ASEAN and the challenges remaining in ensuring that their migration experiences are safe and beneficial.

  • The right to choose

    I have been asked this question a couple of times: Is women's clothing linked to their empowerment? I understand how in many cases

  • Is Third-Country Resettlement an Option?

    My recent op-ed in The Daily Star (December 11 2017) was on the Rohingya repatriation and resettlement issue.

  • Reflections of an international student

    My 24-hour journey from Canada to Bangladesh comprises of an eight-hour transit in Dubai, where the anticipation of going back home supersedes any and all expectations of sleep, food, shopping or moving around the city. Hence, I sit and wait for that Emirates flight to take me back home.

  • Changing perceptions on nuclear energy

    Since work began on the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project, a total of about 200 people, including journalists, experts, environmentalists, school children, students and industry experts from Bangladesh have visited Russia.

  • A collective stand by nations despite Trump's threats

    The United Nations General Assembly on December 21 passed a resolution rejecting the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

  • The uncertain future of Rohingya children

    All I could see was a sea of people. Young, old and every age in between, standing in line for hours, to receive food. What shocked me the most was the number of children. There were just so many of them. So many hungry eyes.

  • Rohingya refugee

    Bob Rae's Rohingya report lacks a roadmap for repatriation

    I was eagerly waiting for Bob Rae's report on the Rohingya refugees and their repatriation to Myanmar. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Rae, a former premier of Ontario, as Canada's Rohingya envoy on October 23, 2017.

  • Rethinking our way forward

    Recently, The Daily Star held a roundtable conference on how infrastructure development projects in Bangladesh can be better managed and the summary was published in the daily on December 12 which I read with interest.

  • Potable water crisis in Southwest Bangladesh

    Their sufferings remind us of a verse from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: “Water, water, everywhere. But not a drop to drink.”

  • Of distractions and political manoeuvres

    For many animal species, diversion is necessary for survival. The killdeer, for example, is famous for putting up quite a show.

  • 2018: The year of 'moonshot thinking'

    The year 2017 has been phenomenal—for Bangladesh and for the young people. We have a generation that is growing up with smartphones, internet, and everything digital.

  • An open letter to 2017

    Dear 2017, There are so many things I want to tell you that I don't know where to begin.

  • Facebook's threats to the social fabric

    Former US President Barack Obama has recently joined a growing chorus of critics of social media.

  • A teacher's worth

    My postgraduate classroom was filled with teachers and social workers. Self-proclaimed idealists. Once, during a highly theoretical discussion, someone made a comment about how we are not all as selfless as we claim.

  • Creating Smart Cities

    Bangladesh is on the path to be a middle-income country by 2021 which is well articulated in the government's development plans for the next few years.

  • Why Dhaka is not a walkable city, yet!

    I have been walking around Dhaka, kind of randomly, for the past few months. It was not for health reasons. I was mostly interested in doing a personal assessment of the capital city's walkability.

  • How NRBs can help boost research

    Winter is a great time for the replenishment of academia in Bangladesh when many Non-Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) academics alight on our shores for both personal and professional reasons.

  • Making public exams transparent

    Competitive examinations are a long-standing and important fact of life for our youth entering public service. But few know that the Right to Information (RTI) Act of 2009 can play an effective role to ensure that these exams are transparent and fair.

  • Fighting corruption in Asia and the Pacific

    Corruption is eating away at vital public services in Asia and the Pacific and it is the poor who are disproportionately paying the price.

  • Why the #MeToo movement disrupts the creeping commodification of feminism

    As the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in New York draws near, women from every corner of the world will convene to deliberate on the theme of CSW 2018: Challenges and Opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

  • The rise of tycoons in politics

    According to media reports, Tabith Awal remains as BNP's man in the Dhaka North mayoral polls, while Awami League is set to choose Atiqul Islam as its candidate.

  • What is the worth of an immigrant?

    But "immigrant" now feels like a dirty word, as if it is associated with all the wickedness in the world; as though they bring nothing else to the table.

  • A rude awakening

    Some crimes are so horrific, so brutal, so barbaric in nature that it is impossible for these acts to not make any human being feel outraged and disgusted at the world we live in. Sexual violence against children is one such unforgiveable crime.

  • Raising doubts

    Remarkable as it may sound, they have made a science out of fooling people. No wonder as time passes, idiots are becoming, more and more, the superior race, in Herbert Spencer's “survival of the fittest”.

  • Challenging Rosatom's claims

    Nuclear Power: Challenging Rosatom's claims

    Shevlyakov's piece is implicitly built on the assumption that the dissenting voice that exists in Bangladesh about nuclear energy is based on fear, and not scientific information. We want to assure him that our fear is historically and scientifically grounded.

  • Wooing talent

    When one is a soon-to-be graduate of a university, they rush around from place to place, website to website, seminar to seminar, and people to people, to figure out a career path.

  • Paving the path forward: Development challenges and priorities for Bangladesh

    On January 17, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the two-day “Bangladesh Development Forum,” a flagship event of the government organised by the Economic Relations Division of the Ministry of