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Volume 2 Issue 6| July 2007



Original Forum Editorial

Month in Review: Bangladesh
Month in Review: International
Growing our way out of trouble- - Nazrul Islam
Whom should we go after: Corruption or the corrupt?-- M. Adil Khan
Let's build as well as break -- Rafiq Hasan
Towards free elections -- Badiul Alam Majumdar
The argumentative oligarchs -- Syeed Ahamed
Waving goodbye to the Fund and the Bank-- Farid Bakht
Chosenness and Israeli exceptionalism -- M. Shahid Alam
Photo Feature--Saiful Huq Omi
Beijing's new best friend-- Larry Jagan
Madrasa education in a modern society -- Tayeb Husain
Our Islam --Rubaiyat Hossain
Street children
Science Forum
It's no joke
Moshie Safdie comes to Chittagong -- Ismat Hossain


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Month in review: International


End to embargo

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swears in a new government in the West Bank after sacking the Hamas led government. Attacks by Hamas militants on Fatah security headquarters in the Gaza Strip had led to days of bloody civil war earlier in June. Arab and western governments strongly back Abbas with the west ending a U.S. led embargo freeing millions of dollars in aid to Palestine.

Joint peace force in war-torn Darfur

Sudan agrees to a joint United Nations/African Union peacekeeping force in the war-torn region of Darfur in June. Darfur rebels are unhappy with Sudan's acceptance of the peace force insisting that the UN should have overall command. After months of negotiation Khartoum agrees to accept the joint force of at least 20,000 troops and police but says the majority of the troops must come from Africa with command and control left to the AU.


India's first female president?

India's Congress-led ruling coalition names Rajasthan governor Pratibha Patil as a presidential candidate in June. She could become the first woman to occupy the mostly ceremonial position. Patil emerges as a surprise candidate after the left-of-centre parties opposed the Congress party's first choice. Patil, 72, is a former deputy speaker of the upper house of India's parliament, the Rajya Sabha.


UN nuclear watchdog to visit N Korea

North Korea invites a delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency in what appears to be a first step to an international agreement to curb its nuclear programme. The nuclear inspectors discuss the schedule for the shutdown of the country's main Yongbyon nuclear reactor. This is the first such visit since the IAEA were forced to leave in 2002.



Radical Islamic groups in Pakistan and Indian-held Kashmir hold protests over the UK's decision to confer a knighthood on the author Salman Rushdie. Britain defends the knighthood -- which entitles the author to be known as Sir Salman -- arguing that it upholds free speech and honours Muslims in the British community.


Civil violence escalates in Sri Lanka

International protest follows the temporary expulsion from Colombo of hundreds of Tamils early in June after violence escalates in Sri Lanka. Police force hundreds of Tamils out of the capital, citing security concerns, but a court orders an end to the expulsions. The country's civil conflict has claimed more than 5,000 lives in the past 19 months despite a 2002 cease-fire.




Former Serb leader gets 35 years

Former Croatian Serb rebel leader Milan Martic is sentenced to 35 years in jail by the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague for murder and persecution in the former Yugoslavia. Martic is found guilty of ethnic cleansing targeting non-Serbs during his leadership in Croatia in the early 1990s. Prosecutors say Martic was a key figure in a "joint criminal enterprise" masterminded by the former Serb leader, Slobodan Milosevic.


Woolmer died of 'natural causes'

Nearly three months after Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room Jamaican police announce in June that the Pakistan cricket coach died of natural causes. The earlier 'murder' investigation had overshadowed the World Cup with suspicion of match fixing and the Pakistan team's involvement. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Nasim Ashraf, however, rejects the idea of legal action against the Jamaican police over the handling of the case.

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