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In an age of robots, schools are teaching our children to be redundant

In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines? Children learn best when teaching aligns with their natural exuberance, energy and curiosity. So why are they dragooned into rows and made to sit still while they are ...

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Khaleda should wait until search committee delivers

If Khaleda Zia is sincere in ensuring that the next general election is inclusive, free and fair, she then must extend her fullest cooperation with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Unfortunately, the BNP leader is far from playing her role as the country’s main out-of-parliament politician. The trouble with her is that she has always misunderstood any good gesture from the ...

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The one pocket challenge

Having a home in Dhaka was once or is still a big dream for many middle-class families. But living in a city like this should not be a dream in any way. Why should one make his or her life miserable by chalking out a long-term plan to live in the lousy air and crazy crowds of Dhaka – the ...

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Donald Trump’s executive order means he is now officially gunning for Muslims

Donald Trump is now officially gunning for the Muslims. On Friday, he signed an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. The order is nothing short of a Muslim ban by another name. It is cruel and callous, espouses positions contrary to the professed values of the United States, and will certainly produce ...

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Geoengineering Climate Change

Even climate activists increasingly recognize that the lofty rhetoric of the global agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions concluded in Paris just over a year ago, will not be matched by its promises’ actual impact on temperatures. This should make us think about smart, alternative solutions. But one such alternative, geoengineering, is a solution that many people refuse to entertain.Geoengineering means ...

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Bangladesh fights malicious Facebook postings, online hate

Fake news has been a recent focus of real news lately. Fictional news stories created for the Internet clicks and ad dollars they generate have been identified as a problem both in the U.S. and elsewhere, including, of all places, Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a constitutional democracy committed to protecting the rights of its citizens. As in the U.S., Bangladesh has ...

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Pakistani general invites India to accede

ON DECEMBER 21, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Amir Riaz invited India to accede to an ambitious project on the establishment of a China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The invitation was extended as part of reconciliatory rhetoric, which Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif had adopted some time ago in order to ease the tension building between the two nuclear powers. (Events ...

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What we need to guard

Our freedom fighters and members of the Constituent Assembly who drafted free India’s Constitution attached great importance to fundamental rights. They did not subscribe to the fallacy that fundamental rights are a gift from the state to its citizens. They rightly believed that individuals possess basic human rights independently of any Constitution by reason of the fact that they are ...

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Free speech curtailed in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar as prosecutions soar

Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has come under fire for apparent suppression of free speech with multiple prosecutions after public criticism of regime policies.  For decades, the punishment for speaking out against Myanmar’s rulers was simple and guaranteed: a very long stretch behind bars. The new democratic government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power last April, insisted ...

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Burkini ban: New wave of French ‘mission civilisatrice’

When Aheda Zanetti invented the burkini, it was about fitness and fun, she says. This was in Australia in 2004, and the idea was to find a way for Muslim girls and women to participate in and enjoy the country’s beachy, sporty lifestyle. This was the sunny, hopeful origin of a garment now banned in 15 French coastal resorts – ...

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