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Managing cultural diversity—liberal values at a premium

by Anita Inder Singh on 12th September 2019 If Vladimir Putin thinks liberalism is obsolete when it comes to managing cultural diversity, democratic western-European leaders should not be echoing him. Greece is one of the latest member states of the European Union to be framing measures to tackle a fresh wave of human arrivals. And the handling of such newcomers—whether ... Read More »

Thirty young political leaders graduate from Fellowship

Dhaka: Thirty young political leaders affiliated with Bangladesh Awami League (AL), Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiya Party (JaPa) graduated today (July 11, 2019) from theYoung Leaders Fellowship Program.’ Democracy International (DI) awarded the young leaders with graduation certificates during the ceremony held at the Ascott Hotel in Dhaka. Top political leaders participated in the graduation ceremony including 1) Dr. ... Read More »

Freedom of expression, media must in any democracy: UK envoy

Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson on Monday said freedom of expression and the media are essential qualities of any functioning democracy. “As Bangladesh continues its journey of reaching middle income status it is so vital to allow space for a vibrant civil society, through which the people – and especially young people ... Read More »

Liberalism and developing countries

By Leila Yasmine Khan and Daud Khan AMSTERDAM/ROME, Jun 24, 2019 (IPS) – As China rapidly replaces Europe and the USA as the key player in developing countries, the Western press is full of articles about the dangers of dealing with the Chinese. China, it is said, is not liberal and not democratic and hence is not a trustworthy partner ... Read More »

আন্তঃবিশ্ববিদ্যালয় সম্প্রীতির জন্য বিতর্ক প্রতিযোগিতা অনুষ্ঠিত

বাংলাদেশের যুব সমাজকে সৃজনশীল ও গঠনমূলক কাজের সাথে যুক্ত করার মধ্য দিয়ে তাদেরকে আরো সহিষ্ণু ও সংগঠিত করে সমাজের সর্বস্তরে সামাজিক সম্প্রীতি ও সৌহার্দ্য প্রতিষ্ঠার লক্ষ্যে মানুষের জন্য ফাউন্ডেশন এর সার্বিক সহযোগিতায় ডিবেট ফর হিউম্যানিটি (ডিএফএইচ) আয়োজন করেছে আন্তঃবিশ্ববিদ্যালয় বিতর্ক প্রতিযোগিতা ‘সম্প্রীতির জন্য বিতর্ক’। সম্প্রীতির প্রকল্পের আওতায় ঢাকা, গাজীপুর ও নারায়নগঞ্জ-এ ০৩টি জেলার স্নাতক ও স্নাতকোত্তর পর্যায়ের ১২টি বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় ও ... Read More »

Oikya Front looks for greater unity

Dhaka, Jun 10 – Jatiya Oikya Front will forge a greater unity with all the pro-liberation and anti-government political parties to wage a strong movement for the ‘restoration’ of democracy. “We’ll forge greater unity. We’ll continue our movement for the restoration of democracy and free people from the hands of the autocrat by creating a greater unity of all the ... Read More »

The new face of activism: Youth

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 30 2019 (IPS) – Rather than waiting for adults to act, more young girls and boys are standing up and speaking out on the world’s pressing issues. In recent years, the international community has seen a rise in youth engagement from education activist Malala Yousafzai to climate change warrior Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez. “More often than not, ... Read More »

People remaining united can achieve the impossible: Dr Kamal

Dhaka, May 25 – Jatiya Oikya Front top leader Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday called upon all to remain united to establish democracy in the country. “I will urge you to remain united. We will ensure pure democracy, effective democracy and fundamental rights of the people by upholding the Constitution. Insha Allah we will do it,” he said while speaking at ... Read More »

It’s time to talk about democracy at work

by Stan De Spiegelaere Democracy at work has many benefits but above all, it is a matter of human dignity. My normal bike commute to work was interrupted by red flags. No revolution (yet) but industrial action blocked access to an energy company (and my bike path). Asked about their complaints, one of the strikers said: ‘Management ignores the rules ... Read More »

‘Restore democracy to celebrate 50th year of liberation’

Dhaka, May 14 – Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday said a democratic atmosphere and the rule of law are necessary to restore people’s ownership of the country. “We want to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence in a democratic atmosphere. We also want to restore people’s ownership of the country by ensuring the rule of law,” ... Read More »

20-Party partners criticise BNP for Parliament-joining

Dhaka, May 13 – The BNP-led 20-party alliance yesterday vowed to take to the streets with a new political course of action over the contemporary issues including the demand for the release of BNP’s ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan stated this following a meeting of the 20-party opposition alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office. ... Read More »

Release Khaleda before Eid for democracy: Zafrullah Chy

Dhaka, May 11 – Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury on Saturday demanded the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail before upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr for the sake of democracy and peace in the country. “I demand that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia be freed before Eid-ul-Fitr. She should be granted bail for the sake of democracy,” he said. Speaking at ... Read More »

Is the crisis of social democracy a crisis of equality?

by Carol Johnson Social democracy in Europe is struggling to come to terms with the more complex equality agenda of today—to which its Antipodean counterparts are however offering some answers. As many contributors to Social Europe have acknowledged, European social democracy is widely perceived to be in crisis. Even when social-democratic parties have achieved some electoral success, as in Sweden ... Read More »

Journalism for democracy election in times of disinformation

By IPS World Desk Rome, Apr 29 2019 (IPS) – Journalists and media outlets worldwide have recently been subject to a subtle wave of vilification. Populist rhetoric and public indifference have begun to threaten the very foundation of our freedom. Journalists provide the checks and balances fundamental to all democracies, by highlighting government failures or reporting on societal injustice. But ... Read More »

11th Bd nat’l election can be put on record, says CEC

Dhaka, Feb 18 – Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday claimed that the 11th national election was held in such a credible manner that it can be put on record. “The 11th parliamentary polls were held in such a free and fair environment that its scenario can be kept in the record. I can claim it publicly. ... Read More »

The migrants genocide: the banality of democracy

In 40 years from now what we define as the ‘migration crisis’ in Europe will be reported in history books as the migrants genocide. The migrants genocide of the early XXI century unveils the banality of democracy and its supposed norms, principles, values and institutions. The violence committed by non-democratic regimes could be explained by their intrinsic oppression. In periods ... Read More »