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The premature death of Marx

Most Marxists and anti-Marxists alike probably fail to realise that the highest praise for capitalism is to be found in Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848), that readily recognised that the capitalist system promoted urbanisation, industrialisation, technical progress, economic growth and prosperity on an unprecedented scale: Read More »

200 years on: Karl Marx still relevant

BRUSSELS/BEIJING, May 5 – In September 1999, the BBC launched an online poll to find the greatest thinker of the millennium. Karl Marx, a great German philosopher and pioneer of the international communist movement, topped the list, leading Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and even Charles Darwin with a clear margin. Read More »

Hatred of journalism threatens democracies: RSF

The 2018 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), reflects growing animosity towards journalists. Hostility towards the media, openly encouraged by political leaders, and the efforts of authoritarian regimes to export their vision of journalism pose a threat to democracies. Read More »

Strange bedfellows undermining liberalism: Trump & academia

by Bo Rothstein For people like myself, working as a social science researcher, these are very strange times. Almost any colleague, in whatever discipline you talk with, will quickly turn the conversation onto one and only one question – the election and politics of Donald Trump. Since his election as US President, the academic community appears to have been experiencing ... Read More »

20 good food reads for Spring

Danielle Nierenberg Food Tank has collected 20 of the best new books in food and agriculture to celebrate spring. Our favorite reads this season cover critical topics including the paradox of obesity and malnutrition, building strong communities through socially-conscious food systems, and the essential link between food and health. Travel from Italy to Puerto Rico and Australia and learn how ... Read More »

Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal: The glorifying poet of the world

M.I.Rahman Allama Dr. Muhammad Iqbal was one of the greatest literary figures of 20th century. His personality had the unique combination of the heart of the poet and head of a thinker. He had combined in himself both poetic imagination and philosophic genius. He was one of the worthiest sons of the soil sub-continent had ever produced. Regarding the literary ... Read More »

Journalists in India continue to face violence

By Nava Thakuria India continues to be a dangerous place for working journalists as the largest democracy in the globe has lost three journalists in mysterious accidents within the first three months of the year. Even the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres came out with a strong condemnation against the journo-killings and let the world know about India’s degraded index ... Read More »

C’wealth principles on freedom of expression unveiled

As leaders from the 53 Commonwealth countries prepare to fly to London for a Summit meeting next week, six Commonwealth organisations Wednesday unveiled proposals for a 12-point Commonwealth code of conduct aimed at reducing the heavy toll of journalists’ killings and other threats to the media’s right to report. Read More »

Bangladesh: Political and literary reflections

This book, by Q M Jalal Khan, is a detailed account of what its writer calls the divided Bangladesh, where there has been a near-total suppression and extermination of the political opposition, BNP. It is a recount of the process governing the country through a process of politicization of all the branches of the state. Read More »

Malaysian poet Rokiah Hashim writes on peace: Interview

Rokiah Hashim from Malaysia writes using the name of Siti Ruqaiyah Hashim . Starting from 1987 her poems and short stories were published by mainstream literature magazines and newspapers. She is also prolific in film and theatre critics and wrote since 2007 in her column ‘Variasi’ in a major national daily in Malaysia and published a film critic book. Read More »

Asia Foundation Bangladesh donates 3000 books in Khulna

Dhaka, Feb 20 – The Asia Foundation-Bangladesh organised a book donation event supported by Pubali Bank Ltd. on 20th February, 2018, at SOS Hermann Gmeiner School auditorium in Khulna. The Foundation donated approximately 3,000 Bangla and English language books worth approximately 40 lakh taka to 25 schools to promote the importance of books and reading among students and school teachers ... Read More »

President, PM pay tributes to language martyrs

Dhaka, Feb 21 – The nation is paying rich tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 historic Language Movement with the clock striking 00.01am on Wednesday marking ‘Amar Ekushey’, the Language Martyrs Day and International Mother Language Day. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday paid their homage to the martyrs of the historic Language Movement by ... Read More »