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[19 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mo Chaudhury in Bdnews24.com, Sept 18, 2017
Absent any national refugee laws in Bangladesh, the legal status of the Rohingyas as foreigners impedes efforts to garner much needed international cooperation and financial assistance. Beyond this legal limbo, a viable Rohingya solution for Bangladesh rests on placing the Rohingya problem in the context of dynamics inside Myanmar and the geopolitical and economic interests of some large stakeholders. This piece proposes a Rohingya strategy for Bangladesh in this regard.
First, the Rohingyas are discriminated against in Myanmar partially because of their ethnicity, not …

Bangladesh, Featured »

[19 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Dhaka Tribune, Sept 18, 2017 at 07:42 PM
Ripon Chakma’s octogenarian parents were visiting the village of Manikjor Chhora in the southeast of Bangladesh for a religious ceremony when the arson attack took place in early June.
Chakma’s parents survived, but an elderly neighbour, Gunamala Chakma, succumbed to the flames that engulfed her mud-walled home.
Police said settler Bengalis, the majority ethnic group, set light to more than 200 homes and shops of the indigenous Pahari people in the Longadu area of Rangamati, one of three districts that comprise the Chittagong …

Bangladesh, China »

[19 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Fazlur Rahman Raju in Dhaka Tribune, Sept 18, 2017 at 07:16 PM
An Awami League delegation, set to leave for Beijing next month, is preparing to urge the Chinese government to mount pressure on Myanmar to take back the Rohingya.
The 19-member delegation will be in China from October 10 to October 27 and attend the 19th National Congress of Communist Party of China (CPC) upon invitation.
The congress, during which a majority of the CPC’s Politburo Standing Committee is expected to retire, is scheduled to begin on October 18. The last …

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

report in bdnews24.com, Sept 18, 2017
Rapid Action Battalion or RAB has arrested a man at Banani in Dhaka suspecting him to be a member of the outlawed militant group, the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh or Neo-JMB.
The elite police unit detained the suspect, identified as ‘Mahmud’ alias ‘Mishu’ aka ‘Helal’, at a travel agency, Musa International, on Sunday night.
RAB-11 Senior ASP Md Alep Uddin told bdnews24.com that former East West University student Mahmud was working as a receptionist at the travel agency.
He is accused in a case in Narayanganj’s Fatullah, according to …

Bangladesh, Featured, Rohingyas »

[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By HANNAH BEECH in The NY Times online, SEPT. 17, 2017
BALUKHALI, Bangladesh — Nazir Hossain, the imam of a village in far western Myanmar, gathered the faithful around him after evening prayers last month. In a few hours, more than a dozen Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army fighters from his village would strike a nearby police post with an assortment of handmade weapons.
The men needed their cleric’s blessing.
“As imam, I encouraged them never to step back from their mission,” Mr. Hossein recalled of his final words to the ethnic Rohingya militants. …

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

The writer, a retired Professor of Economics at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada and a researcher on politics in South Asia.
The recent exodus of approximately 400,000 Rohingyas from the Arakan province of Myanmar to the coastal part of Bangladesh is the result of systematic ethnic cleansing. This ethnic cleansing is due to the religion and the skin colour of the Rohingyas. Historically these inhabitants have lived in the Arakan province of Myanmar for hundreds of years. They have been systematically decimated and their lands, houses and crops have been set on …

China, Featured »

[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

The U.S. on Wednesday blocked the Chinese government’s attempt to buy Lattice Semiconductor Corp. , a manufacturer of advanced computer chips with military applications. Beijing’s American proxy, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, refused to withdraw its bid even after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or Cfius, ruled against the deal.
Beijing wants to use the case as an example of Trump Administration protectionism, but that would be a mistake. The decision on Lattice is warranted, and evidence suggests tighter restrictions are needed on the sale of technology to …

Bangladesh »

[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Prothom Alo, Sept 16, 2017 at 22.34hrs
Civil society members at a roundtable said a fair election would be impossible if the government did not play a neutral role during the elections.
Citizens for Good Governance (Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik, Sujan), the civil society platform for good governance, organised the roundtable titled on ‘Specific Steps for Fair Polls’ at the National Press Club on Saturday.
The participants said the country will fall into serious crisis if the national election is not held in a free and fair manner.
As the parliament will …

China »

[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Liu Zhen in South China Morning Post, Sept 16, 2017 at 10.27 pm
A court in the Ukraine has frozen the shares controlled by a Chinese firm in one of the world’s largest aircraft and helicopter engine manufacturers, according to Ukrainian media reports.
The move effectively blocks the firm’s controlling stake in the aerospace manufacturer Motor Sich, whose products include military aircraft engines.
The Ukrainian security services allege that the purchase of the company’s stock by groups controlled by Beijing Skyrizon Aviation was an attempt to take its assets out of the …

Business, China »

[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

China’s largest arms manufacturer became a stock-holding company after the SOE structural reform.
China North Industries Group Corporation, also known as Norinco Group, started mixed ownership pilot reforms at its tank factory in Baotou, north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It was once a state-owned business.
“We’ve introduced private capital and reallocated resources, so it’s no longer a state-owned company. It is now transparent financially, but of course, the defense technology remains confidential. Now it’s responsible to shareholders and investors,” said Yin Jiaxu, Chairman of Norinco.
Norinco builds private affiliates for …