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Social-Green Deal, a European answer to coronavirus crisis

by Maja Göpel on 31st March 2020 @beyond_ideology Concluding the Social Europe series on ‘just transition’, Maja Göpel zooms out to elaborate the shift in narrative entailed. The biggest difference the coronavirus crisis has brought to political discourse is the destruction of an assertion: markets are best left alone to find solutions, quickly and efficiently, to any big problem. Getting ... Read More »

HR Commission of Sri Lanka statement to UN HR Council

Madame President, Distinguished Delegates and Friends, Our Commission acknowledges the continuing human rights obligations of Sri Lanka, As in the previous year, we are encouraged by the High Commissioner’s recognition of the role played by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in strengthening independent institutions which are key to discharging those obligations. Weakening of the relevant provisions will seriously hamper ... Read More »

Banking sector now hostage to a quarter: CPD

Dhaka, Feb 23 – Distinguished Fellow of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya on Saturday alleged that the country’s banking sector is now hostage to a handful of individuals and organisations. He made the allegation while addressing a press briefing titled “Proposed Banking Commission: CPD’s Reaction” at Brac Centre Inn in the city. Read More »

Trump attempting to consolidate the Balfour Declaration

By Askiah Adam There are two schools of thought as to whither the fate of the newly revealed proposed settlement to the protracted Palestine problem. One espoused by Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Inspector, that it is an offer that Palestinians cannot refuse and the other that it must be rejected, not least because of its ... Read More »

Dhaka City polls put EVMs, BD Election Commission to test

The elections to two city corporations of Dhaka North and South have generated much enthusiasm among the candidates of the two posts of Mayors and around 172 posts of Ward Councillors including 43 for women in reserved wards. But the high commands of the two major contending parties – The Awami League (AL) and the Nationalist Party (BNP) – have ... Read More »

Try to get over confidence crisis: Mahbub to EC

Dhaka, Jan 20 – Mentioning that the activities of executive magistrates against the violations of the electoral code of conduct in the upcoming polls to the two Dhaka city corporations are not visible, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder has urged the CEC to take steps in this regard. Read More »

From Digital Diplomacy to Data Diplomacy

By Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Jan 20 2020 (IPS) – The digital revolution arrived late at the heart of ministries of foreign affairs across the Western world. Ministries latched on to social media around the time of Tahrir Square and Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution, beguiled by a vision of the technology engendering a networked evolution toward more liberal societies. Read More »

A Tribute to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (1936 – 2019)

By Nayema Nusrat New York (IPS) – “When I think about Bangladesh, I think about everybody. Not everybody is enjoying Rabindranath and the great literature and culture that Bangladesh has. But I think everybody has got the right to have this experience”, deeply felt by late Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC (Building Resources Across Communities), a unique, integrated ... Read More »