SENAY EMMANUEL WRITES—Last weekend, a delegation of Burmese representatives traveled to neighboring Bangladesh to speak with some of the 1.2 million Rohingya refugees situated there. Their goal was to confront this humanitarian crisis and somehow convince these beleaguered refugees to return to Myanmar. This isn’t the first time the…Full Article MYANMAR: IF MERE TALK WAS CONVERTIBLE TO RICHES, THE ROHINGYA WOULD SURE BE IN THE CHIPS
MUHAMAD ALOTHMAN WRITES– Kuwait and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding in November of 2018, in Beijing. This non- binding agreement gives Kuwait the opportunity to expand and even become a leading global financial hub in the Gulf. Oil prices, Kuwait’s main source of income, have been declining over the…Full Article Kuwait: Dreams of ‘Silk City’
AASHNA MALPANI WRITES– Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, victims of Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing, are packed into refugee camps just 20 miles from the city of Cox’s Bazar, in Bangladesh. Their everyday life is riddled with little access to education and restricted cellular reception. And they are social pariahs. “The average…Full Article BANGLADESH: Rohingya Exodus – What’s Happening in Cox’s Bazar?
KAISARA WALTON WRITES — Bangladesh’s government recently enacted a controversial new law, the Digital Security Act, invoking sections of the colonial era 1989 Official Secrets Act, which included restrictions in freedom of the press. Press releases from other entities such as the US, the EU, and human rights activists have…Full Article Bangladesh: The Fight for Free Speech & Media
DELANEY DEWHURST WRITES–Paying for Facebook–a thought that probably hasn’t crossed most people’s minds. It’s a given that you log on at no cost to connect with family and friends by sharing photos, videos and updates on your life. Yet across the globe in Bangladesh, talks are underway about putting a…Full Article BANGLADESH: ‘DIGITAL OPIUM ADDICTION’, THE TEENAGE TECHNO-RELIGIONS OF THE PEOPLE
Photoshop by Clementine Todorov CLEMENTINE TODOROV WRITES – As a nation struggling with environmental and economic setbacks, Bangladesh has taken a step forward to ally itself with China once again. Previously, the Republic of China had ties with Pakistan which fostered tension with Bangladesh since its rebellion and established independence…Full Article BANGLADESH: A NEW ERA – BANGLADESH AND CHINA UNITE IN TRADE
CLEMENTINE TODOROV WRITES – In late August, at a press conference for his first official visit to Bangladesh, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that the Bangladesh media should cool it on terrorism coverage. “Perhaps,” Kerry said, “the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover…Full Article BANGLADESH: IS MEDIA PLAYING A ROLE IN TERRORISM IN SOUTH ASIA?
CLEMENTINE TODOROV WRITES — Whether they live in the Global North or South, climate change is affecting the way of life for everyone. While people of the Western world seems to be more concerned about their abnormal weather changes, they are less aware and empathetic towards countries like Bangladesh, whose…Full Article BANGLADESH: FLOODED WITH WAVES OF ANXIETY