op-ed

  • Sinister options

    One hopes that there will never be a time again when summer temperatures soar to the sizzling 60s across the globe. Unfortunately, they will. Al Gore was right. His apprehension of global warming - ...

  • New promises for our children

    Bangladesh is widely recognised as a Millennium Development Goals success story with a strong track record of growth and socio-economic development. We are now embracing the Sustainable Development ...

  • Fix our political culture first

    In the history of Bangladesh, there was very little small-scale communal violence. During Partition, when the whole of the Indian sub-continent was marked by communal violence between Hindus and Musli ...

  • IS declares war on the Prophet’s covenant

    Back when IS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just the Yazidis, but also the country’s 1 million Christians were some of their main targets. ...

  • Inform to misinform

    Many experts believe the Arab Spring was sparked by social media. During the initial Ebola outbreak, hashtags were used in social media to keep uninformed citizens in the loop. However, social m ...

  • A tipping point in Pakistan

    Given the track record, and growing influence of regressive conservatives in Pakistan, this news item was unusual. The Pakistan senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights has recommended t ...

  • We’ve always been under attack

    After the Holey Artisan attack, a wide range of emotions sprang up on social media and popular news outlets. On the part of Bangladeshis, this mostly involved statements about how this isn’t Ban ...