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Multilingualism in Bangladesh

We belong to an age where global distances are decreasing rapidly. To be an active part of the global village, co-operation through exchanging our various diversities is a continuous necessity. Diversities exist at all levels of life, and in every nook and corner of the world. Among the components, language is undoubtedly the most marked. Language allows understanding of each other and can unite different t ...

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Chrystia Freeland at TED: The rise of the new global super-rich

See the TED lecture here Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds — and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays ou ...

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Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

By Christopher Soghoian.- The 2011 Arab Spring captured the attention of the world. It also captured the attention of authoritarian governments in other countries, who were worried that revolution would spread. To respond, they ramped up surveillance of activists, journalists and dissidents who they feared would inspire revolution in their own countries. One prominent Bahraini activist, who was arrested and ...

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Loved to Death

By embracing their critics and colonising governments, corporations engineer a world of conformity and consumerism. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 8th April 2014 How do you engineer a bland, depoliticised world, a consensus built around consumption and endless growth, a dreamworld of materialism and debt and atomisation, in which all relations can be prefixed with a dollar sign, in which we ce ...

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Noam Chomsky Lecture: Security and State Policy

Prof. Noam Chomsky delivered the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future on February 28, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. A leading principle of international relations theory is that the highest priority of states is to ensure security.  As George Kennan formulates the standard view, government is created “to assure order and justice internally and to provid ...

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Climate Science’s Dire Warning: Humans Are Baking the Planet

The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for ourselves and the planet. We will experience more extreme weather events, including hurricanes and droughts, mass extinctions and severe food shortages globally. The world’s leading group of climate-change experts, the Intergovernmental Pa ...

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Afghanistan’s Tryst with History: A Crucial Weekend for Afghans

On Saturday April 5, Afghans will gear up for their tryst with history by taking part in elections. This presidential election is by far the most significant event in 2014 in Afghanistan, and possibly one of the most important in the contemporary history of the country. Evidently, Afghan leaders throughout history have left the Palace (Aarg – now the presidential palace) only under the gun by either abdicat ...

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Call Centers in Mexico Hiring Deportees

By Emiko Nagano.- American corporations are now moving their call centers for customer service and technical support to Mexico. The benefit is not just cheap labor and the same time zone. Unlike the past call centers in India and Philippines where bad telephone connections and deciphering their accent were simply annoying, the new operators speak American English, and that because they grew up in the US, ma ...

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Vote in local elections reveals a polarised Turkey

There is no doubt that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has come out stronger from the local elections on Sunday. Similarly there is no doubt that the Kurdish regions confirm they are going their own way, which is not the same as the rest of the country. The Justice and Development Party (AKP ) led by Erdoğan got 7% more at a national level than in the local elections of 2009. It has lost major c ...

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Australian Myopia

Along with all the economic scaremongering and regressive social agenda that is part and parcel of the current Australian Government comes 'business' led solutions for ensuring our financial welfare. The Indonesia Institute, a conservative Perth-based think tank, says carers from countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines should be allowed to come to Australia and mind children for $200 a week to help ...

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