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Happy reunion at Gono Bhaban

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked Narayanganj mayor-elect Selina Hayat Ivy and her defeated party rival Shamim Osman to work together for the city's development.

Shamim Osman to bounce back

Defeated by over a lakh votes, Shamim Osman still received nearly 78 thousand votes at the just-concluded Narayanganj City Corporation election. He thus remains one of the formidable forces in the city. About a hundred young men, feared for their notoriety, remain extremely loyal to Shamim Osman.

Strip Rab, cops of impunity

Terming the level of extrajudicial killings by law enforcement agencies unacceptable, a UNDP sponsored study has recommended putting an end to the impunity police and Rapid Action Battalion enjoy in the country.

Narsingdi mayor shot dead

Mayor of Narsingdi municipality Lokman Hossain succumbed to his wounds at DMCH around 10:30pm last night, about three hours after an unidentified assailant shot him at the town Awami League office on Sadar Road.

Ghulam Azam was 'involved'

Former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam took part in the planning of Operation Search Light, the crackdown by the Pakistan army on the unarmed people of Bangladesh on the black night of March 25, 1971, investigators have found.

Furious US out to teach UN a lesson

The United States cut its funding Monday for Unesco after the UN's cultural arm defied American and Israeli warnings and voted to allow jubilant Palestinians full membership in the body.

Disasters to be more frequent

A new UN report concludes that man-made climate change has boosted the frequency or intensity of heat waves, wildfires, floods and cyclones and such disasters are likely to multiply in the future.

Licences kept ready for stolen cars

Some officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority forge documents to help thieves sell stolen cars and motorbikes, said detectives yesterday.

Some money may be refunded in 2 years

The government is considering making partial payments to the cheated clients of closed Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok) in two years through arbitration.

SC Bar to seek remedy from judicial council

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) leaders yesterday said they would move the Supreme Judicial Council against a few High Court judges over flouting the judges' code of conduct by the latter.

Dhaka-Moscow nuke power deal today

The government is going to ink a landmark deal with Russia today to finalise arrangements for installing the country's first-ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna.

Keib elected new Libyan premier

Libya's interim rulers have elected academic Abdel Rahim al-Keib to head a transitional government, as the UN warned against the proliferation of arms looted from Muammar Gaddafi's huge stockpile.

Govt to move again after WB response

Finance Minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the government would not make any move over the Padma bridge issue before getting the World Bank's response to his letter on corruption allegations involving the project.

The Good Muslim listed for Man Asian Prize

Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam's The Good Muslim has been long-listed for this year's Man Asian Literary Prize.

Ecnec okays new 450MW Ashuganj power plant

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council yesterday approved six development projects involving Tk 3,907 crore, including the 450 megawatt Ashuganj power plant project.

Abed gets first WISE prize for education

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of Brac, has been awarded the first WISE Prize for Education in recognition of his 40-year career dedicated to alleviating poverty through education.

Ex-NSI chief appeals to be discharged

Brig Gen (retd) Abdur Rahim, former director general of National Security Intelligence, yesterday appealed to a Dhaka court to be discharged of the August 21 grenade attack cases.

SC judge feels embarrassed to hear plea of regulator

A Supreme Court judge yesterday felt embarrassed to hear a petition filed by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission against a High Court order that stayed its notice upon Grameenphone.

Iran's parliament votes to keep economy minister

Iran's parliament yesterday voted against removing the economy minister of hardline President Mahoud Ahmadinejad from office over the country's biggest financial scandal.

Blockade lifted off Manipur

A crippling 92-day blockade of key routes linking a remote northeastern state with the rest of India was lifted yesterday after a deal was struck between protestors and the government.

Editorial

UNESCO membership for Palestine

It is certainly a momentous and historic statement for Palestine, having been granted a full member status at Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. This victory symbolises the Palestinian endeavor to achieve statehood and a full membership status at the UN General Assembly and paves the way for an eventual recognition of Palestine as an independent state. The vote, which required a two-thirds approval by Unesco members, passed with an overbearing majority vote of 107 countries in favour, 14 against and 52 abstentions.

Students' participation in anti-pollution drive

A news item published in Sunday's issue of The Daily Star caught our attention. A group of students from the Department of Development Studies at the University of Dhaka took part in an anti-pollution drive led by the Department of Environment (DoE). Their purpose was to create mass awareness about the disastrous consequence of environmental pollution by leading from the front. We heartily welcome the students' spontaneous participation in the fight against pollution.

Sports

Mountain to climb

Bangladesh have five batsmen to tackle the enormous fight on their hands on the final day of the second and final Test match against West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Something special left in the tank?

Where stands the match now? After the fourth day's play, that was the talking point at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Without any doubt West Indies were in a great position to win the match as well as the series after imposing the crushing weight of a 508-run winning target on the home side.

Gibson not complacent

Bangladesh may have shown some fight during the fourth day of the second Test against West Indies at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday, but the visitors are well and truly in the driving seat.

Hosts play for pride

Hosts Bangladesh are looking forward to ending their campaign of the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers on a high note as they face Oman in the last match of Group A at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.

Sylhet, Khulna victors

Sylhet earned their first win in the National Cricket League in nearly five years when they beat Rangpur by an innings and 73 runs at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Emily gets the nod

Zahid Hasan Emily can dream of getting his national boots back as the ace striker was asked to join the training camp of the national football team ahead of the SAFF Championship.

Butt, Asif found guilty

Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif were found guilty Tuesday of involvement in a "spot-fixing" betting scam during a match against England last year.

11 Tigers, 4 legs

Despite all the talk about the ongoing series against the West Indies -- which ends today with the winding up of the second Test at Mirpur -- being Bangladesh's big chance to prove their credentials as a viable Test team, it should surprise no one that the Tigers seem to have failed the test, barring a miracle today.

Solid start by Kiwis

Martin Guptill hit his second Test century to put New Zealand in firm control of their one-off Test against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club on Tuesday.

Happiness in sorrow!

The wife of Pakistan's former captain Salman Butt gave birth to a baby boy just minutes before her husband was found guilty Tuesday of a "spot-fixing" betting scam during a match against England.

Hockey players meet Ahad

State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarker promised he would take necessary steps to keep hockey on the field round the year when aggrieved hockey players met with him at his National Sports Council office yesterday.

MU aim to raise their game

The Champions League group stage has reached the halfway mark but Manchester United and Manchester City are aware they have to raise their game after fluffing some of their early lines.

Barca dominate list

FIFA and France Football magazine on Tuesday unveiled the 23-man shortlist for the 2011 Ballon d'Or, with Wayne Rooney the sole Englishman nominated alongside eight players from Champions League winners Barcelona.

Ba treble fires Magpies

Demba Ba fired Newcastle into third place in the Premier League as the Senegal striker bagged a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Monday.

Grenada stun Sevilla

Sevilla lost 2-1 at home to Granada on Monday night, their first league defeat of the season, to lose touch with the leaders at the top of La Liga.

Immoral Iranians punished

Two Iranian footballers have felt the wrath of the country's national federation for "immoral" on-field behaviour which included one player pinching the other's bottom, Iranian state television revealed.

'Messi should lead Argentina'

Legendary star Alfredo Di Stefano said Monday he believed Argentina would benefit if they made Lionel Messi their skipper.

Business

Steel millers fear losses as gas crisis deepens in Ctg

Steel re-rolling mills in Chittagong fear huge losses as an acute gas crisis has forced them to cut their production by half, millers said yesterday.

CMCCI, Star discuss efforts to brand port city

Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CMCCI) yesterday organised a view-exchange meeting on a series of programmes initiated by The Daily Star to brand the port city highlighting its culture and heritage.

Call-money rate rises ahead of Eid

The central bank is trying to control the inter-bank call-money market, but is not supporting commercial banks adequately with repo, an important tool in the stability of the money market, bankers said yesterday.

Regulator resets criteria for rights share issue

A listed company must have profitability records for three preceding years and a credit rating if it wants to offer rights shares at a premium.

DSE to reduce trading settlement period

Backtracking on an earlier decision, the premier bourse has decided to reduce the trading settlement period by a day in line with a regulatory requirement.

Institutional investors make stocks buoyant

Stocks returned to the black yesterday as institutional investors brought in fresh funds to the jittery market.

35 shops gutted in Rangamati, 13 in three other districts

At least 48 shops were gutted in fire incidents in Rangamati, Bhola, Chandpur and Thakurgaon districts yesterday and the day before.

Greek PM stuns eurozone, markets with referendum call

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou plunged the euro and stock markets back into crisis on Monday with a shock announcement that he would put a hard-fought rescue deal to a referendum.

Thai floods push inflation higher

Thai inflation edged up in October, government data showed Tuesday, as the country's worst flooding in decades caused widespread damage to farmland and forced food prices higher.

Transhipment or transit for India?

Bangladesh has a unique geographical location within the region and has every possibility to become an economic hub. So we need to prepare ourselves to exploit the opportunity through broader regional connectivity. To this end, our infrastructure and other related facilities need to be urgently developed.

RMG industry: a bright spot

From a fledgling experiment to a $20 billion industry, the RMG sector today is the world's second largest apparel exporter with a 4.5 percent share in global garment exports.

StanChart's global SME head due today

Som Subroto, global head for SME of Standard Chartered Bank, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today for a two-day official visit, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

City Bank's new additional managing director

Faruq Moinuddin has recently joined City Bank as additional managing director and chief risk officer, the bank said in a statement yesterday.

New DMDs for SIBL

Mohammad Mohasin Mia and AMM Farhad have recently been promoted to deputy managing directors of Social Islami Bank Ltd.

Metropolitan

Hasina for agricultural research to ensure food security

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stressed the importance of agricultural research to boost food production and thus ensure food security in the country.

7,000 students to stand in for street children

Volunteers for Bangladesh (VBD), a wing of Jaago Foundation, will celebrate Universal Children's Day (UCD) through a grand event named "UCD 2011" campaign across the country tomorrow.

Vulnerable countries to speak up with one voice

The climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh will speak up with one voice for global support for climate change adaptation at the oncoming Durban climate summit this December, two ministers said at a press conference yesterday.

Vote for Sundarbans to create jobs: Azad

Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad yesterday said if the Sunadarbans is voted as the seven wonders of the world, it will create more job opportunities in Bangladesh.

Three strangled in city

Police recovered three decomposed bodies including one of a young woman from the city's Bangshal, Mohammadpur and Airport areas on Monday.

Evaluation on implementation stressed

The best way to judge peoples access to information is to evaluate the status of implementation of the right to information (RTI) act, observe speakers at a consultation meeting yesterday.

NCC elections to change political culture: Suranjit

The victory of Selina Hayat Ivy in the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) polls will the change political culture of Bangladesh, said Awami League (AL) lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta yesterday.

'Bring masterminds to book'

Speakers at a discussion demanded bringing those people who were masterminds and abetted jail killing of 1975 to the book to ensure justice

55,373 absent on first day

A total of 55,373 candidates were absent on the first day of Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations yesterday while 28 students were expelled for resorting to unfair means.

Oman Air follows students' lead in clean-up campaign

Edwina Panioty, office coordinator of Oman Air, gleamed with pleasure yesterday as she along with her colleagues finished cleaning up different streets encompassing their office compound in the port city.

Special Eid steamer services from today

With the eve of Eid-ul-Azha just around the corner, Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) starts their special steamer services from today to cope with the rush of home-bound passengers.

'Establish climate migrants' rights'

Speakers at a seminar yesterday urged the government to make a collaborative assessment and formulate a national action plan identifying the real condition of the climate migrants for establishing their rights at international level, says a press release.They said this at the seminar titled “Climate Induce Migrants: A Political and Development Challenge” organised by five rights groups named Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (Bapa), Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), EquityBD, The National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB), Sushasoner Jonno Procharavizan (Supro), and Voice at Jatiya Press Club in the city.

Dump leftovers of slaughtered animals on Eid properly

Speakers at a seminar yesterday emphasised the government's effective measures for proper management of waste, blood and leftovers of sacrificial animals to prevent environment pollution during Eid-ul-Azha.

Kalim Sharafi's anniversary of death today

Today is the first death anniversary of Kalim Sharafi, a cultural revolutionary and prominent singer.

SC okays bail to Sheershanews editor

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a High Court order that granted bail to Ekramul Haq, editor of Sheershanews.com, in connection with an extortion case.

Former army sergeant held for deceiving people

Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday arrested a former army sergeant on charge of deceiving people by assuring them of getting job at Bangladesh Railway office in lieu of money.

Two killed in road accidents

Two people were killed and two others injured in separate road accidents in Rajshahi and Sirajganj on Monday night and yesterday.

Dipu Moni flies abroad again

Returning home upon a month-long visit a day ago (October 31), Foreign Minister Dipu Moni yesterday left Dhaka on a two-nation trip for 12 days.

Fake note identifier set at Ctg cattle market

Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) yesterday set up a fake currency identifier machine at a cattle market in the city to keep a check on fake note usage.

601 bullets recovered

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 601 bullets of Ak-47 rifle from Dhamrai upazila of Dhaka on Monday.

JU admission test results tomorrow

The results of the admission test for first year honours courses under 2011-12 academic year at Jahangirnagar University (JU) will be published tomorrow, said a university press release yesterday.

DRU cooperatives' audit begins

Dhaka Reporters Unity Bahumukhi Samabaya Samity Limited has requested all its members to verify their personal accounts at the samity office by tomorrow, says a press release.

JU Eid vacation begins

The students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) went into a 13-day vacation yesterday on the occasion of holy Eid-ul-Azha.

MBSTU admission process to continue till Nov 20

The admission process of the first year honours course of Engineering/BBA under academic session 2011-12 at Mawlana Bhasani Science and Technology University (MBSTU) will continue till November 20, says a press release.

551 Yaba tablets seized in Ctg

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two drug peddlers along with 551 pieces of Yaba tablets worth about Tk 2,20,400 in different drives in the port city on Monday night.

National

Cold takes heavy toll on Nilphamari children

With the onset of the winter season, children in the district are getting attacked by pneumonia and other cold-related diseases.

Bridge that never saw renovation

A bridge in Galachipa upazila has become risky for lack of renovation for long.

BNP leader held on fraud charge in Moulvibazar

Police on Monday arrested Baralekha upazila BNP general secretary Darad Ahmed on charge of fraudulently taking away Tk 6 crore from a Japanese national.

VGF cardholders protest weight manipulation

Vulnerable group feeding (VGF) cardholders of Kamalpur union parishad in Sadar upazila yesterday staged an angry protest alleging weight manipulation by the distributor.

DB police arrest accused Mojid from Dhaka

Detective branch police yesterday arrested labour secretary of Awami League town unit Abdul Mojid from a house at Dhanmondi in connection with the killing of Jubo League leader Sajed Parvez Jadu.

Outlaws claim they tried to kill Digholia UP chairman

Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) on Monday claimed responsibility for Sunday's attempt on life of Digholia UP chairman Gazi Abdul Halim.

BNP leader attacked

Criminals hacked a local BNP leader at Jamtoil bazar under Singra upazila yesterday morning.

Letters

Destructive capitalism

The Wall Street agitation that ignited similar movements across Europe vindicated my conviction that the destructive machine of capitalism is sure to be burned down by the fire that was so far burning in the hearts of 99% people of the world who were exploited by the 1% corporate giants. Writers like Rabinadranath Tagore, Thomas Hardy and T.S. Elliot much earlier pointed at the destructive consequences of the materialistic industrial revolution, but the general people were hypnotised by the glamour and glitzy lifestyle that the new civilisation brought. Once again it is proved that when the powerful are not knowledgeable, they always impose a system of greed and exploitation. So, the new trend is to establish a society marked with justice and faith. People have started to pour into the streets asserting themselves so valiantly that it seems it is only a matter of time before the juggernauts of capitalism are completely washed away by the waves of change for the better.

We can make the earth green again

Pollution is a big problem that is affecting us all. It is our actions that are causing so many problems to this earth which was once a beautiful planet. We are using all the resources that nature has given us, not even thinking about the future generation. If we use everything right now, what will be left for us in the future? There are many organisations who are working to stop pollution, mainly by suggesting people to plant trees.

Easing Dhaka's traffic jam

The Daily Star published a special cover page with their regular issue of October 24, 2011 for raising public awareness about Dhaka's traffic jam. People are fully aware of this problem but they have nothing to do other than accepting the sufferings. It seems the government is not aware about the traffic jam. Otherwise, it would take some steps to improve the situation, which could be implemented within a short period of time. Instead of doing that, the government is thinking about big projects which needs a large amount of money and will take a long time to be complete.

Anti-liberation forces

I am getting increasingly concerned with the atmosphere of our politics, drifting away from the glory of the Liberation War. A top political leader is consistently voicing her disagreement regarding the trial of war criminals. She is telling her supporters all over the country to be ready for a direct political showdown to unseat the present government.

The plight of BBA students

Every institution has become politicised in our country and the National University of Bangladesh is no exception. The recent sacking of more than 800 employees has created a big problem in the lives of the BBA students, as their exams will be delayed for months. When one goes to the university, there is no one to answer his questions. Many students took admission into the National University's BBA programme as it used to be completely free of session jam, but not any more.

Let the Eid journey be safe

The holy Eid-ul-Azha will be observed on November 07. The Muslims all over the country will celebrate the holy Eid with due solemnity and religious fervour. During the Eid time people naturally want to stay with their near and dear ones. Most of the people living in Dhaka will start leaving the capital immediately before the holy occasion. At the time of Eid each year, a number of accidents take place marring the joy of the festivity. Almost every year one or two launches overloaded with passengers capsize drowning many homebound passengers.

Metro rail transit

It is good to hear the prime minister clarify the confusions regarding the reservation of the air force with regards to re-routing of the metro rail. One wonders why it took so long to reveal the information? Unfortunately, the other half of the story remains untold; and I am drawing your attention to probe further into the issue to make the readers aware of the various interests that may shape the future of Dhaka city dwellers for good or for worse.

About dictators

I have received many questions after the publication of my write-up in your esteemed daily. The most common question was regarding my statement that "the Libyan dictator's death satisfied the understandable desires of not only Libyans for revenge as well as others who live and govern in the West."

Readers Respond

Here are some comments that came in response to Tuesday's The Daily Star news commentary headlined “A breath of fresh air”.

International

Palestinians aim to join 16 UN agencies

It's not just Unesco, the Palestinians' top envoy in Geneva yesterday said he believes that joining the UN agency for culture, education and science will "open the door" to joining 16 other UN agencies within weeks.

US freeze on Unesco bad for ME peace

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said a US decision to cut Unesco funding after it approved Palestinian membership boded ill for reviving Middle East (ME) peace talks, according to statement yesterday.

Russia opposes military intervention in Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday said his country would oppose a Libya-style military intervention against the Syrian regime which is battling months-long democracy protests.

Multimillion tax bill for Ai Weiwei

Chinese authorities yesterday ordered artist Ai Weiwei to pay 15 million yuan ($2.36 million) in alleged back taxes in what the vocal rights activist called an effort to "crush" him.

Gaddafi loyalists thirst for revenge

Members of Libya's powerful Warfalla tribe say they are thirsting for revenge after their bastion Bani Walid was looted and pillaged by anti-Gaddafi fighters.

Turkey hosts Afghan-Pak talks

Afghanistan and Pakistan held their first talks yesterday since the assassination of an Afghan peace negotiator, in a meeting hosted by Turkey to heal a rift undermining prospects of ending the Afghan war.

Assange extradition ruling today

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a day of reckoning today when the High Court in London delivers a ruling on whether he will be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over rape allegations.

Anger grows over Bangkok floods

Floodwaters continued to pour into outer districts of the Thai capital yesterday forcing residents to evacuate.

Hazare warns of new fast

Anti-graft protester Anna Hazare, whose campaign in August for a new anti-corruption law galvanised millions, threatened yesterday to start another hunger strike unless his demands are met.

Greek PM faces revolt

Six leading members of Greece's governing Pasok party called on Prime Minister George Papandreou to resign yesterday, a day after when he called a referendum on the proposed EU bailout.

Arts & Entertainment

Becoming characters living on the fringe

In 'Spicy Bites', cultural personalities face questions on issues from all angles, i.e. 'what would he/she do if he/she had a magic wand for a day?' or 'how he/she would deal with problems plaguing Dhaka?' In this instalment of 'Spicy Bites', we spoke to the leading lady of TV, Joya Ahsan, on a number of issues.

Jibanananda Das recalled through recitation

To mark the 57th death anniversary of the poet Jibanananda Das, a poetry recitation programme was held recently at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium of Central Public Library, Dhaka. Srote Abriti Sangsad, a troupe of elocutionists, organised the programme.

Handicrafts made of coconut shells prove a hit

Attractive handicrafts made from coconut shells turned out to be a hit at the Mymensingh Handicrafts Fair. The fair ended yesterday.

Two-day Bhawaiya festival ends

The two-day Bhawaiya festival ended at Rangpur Town Hall yesterday. The festival is regarded as an important cultural event in the promotion of traditional regional music of Rangpur division.

Spielberg dominates world movie scene with "Tintin", "Puss in Boots"

Steven Spielberg dominated the world movie scene last weekend with “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”, which he directed (it will open in North America and India in late December), and “Puss in Boots”, which was produced by his company DreamWorks, opening at number one in North America.

OP-ED

In our very own Ivy League

Placidity of a kind follows in the wake of Selina Hayat Ivy's triumph in Narayanganj. You get the feeling that the old values and ideals which punctuated politics in the old days have gone through a revival of sorts. Not in the past twenty years have we had the experience of a politician -- resolute, astute, untainted by suspicions of corrupt dealings, untouched by questions of impropriety -- take the country by storm through democratic means.

In our very own Ivy League

Placidity of a kind follows in the wake of Selina Hayat Ivy's triumph in Narayanganj. You get the feeling that the old values and ideals which punctuated politics in the old days have gone through a revival of sorts. Not in the past twenty years have we had the experience of a politician -- resolute, astute, untainted by suspicions of corrupt dealings, untouched by questions of impropriety -- take the country by storm through democratic means.

Equity rules out poverty!

A common misconception in poverty debates is that a simple transfer -- of cash or some kind of asset -- is enough to lift a person out of poverty. Give him a cow, or a rickshaw, and the job is done right? In the real world, this is very far from the truth. We have to move past this linear thinking, and look at the role of social isolation in the lives of the poorest, whose rights and claims are not even acknowledged by their neighbours or the state.

SAARC Summit in the Maldives: Time to re-invent the institution

Founded in 1985, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) currently includes eight countries -- Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan.

Role of Western media in Gaddafi's fall

The West-sponsored story about Gaddafi has sold very well. Obviously, the credit goes to the crafty storytellers, who with their relentless efforts have regaled us with the tale of yet another Arab dictator whose whims are as entertaining to readers as to the Western leaders. Although the task was a bit arduous in the beginning, things became easier for them, that is to say, for the Western media, when the Arab world got carried away by the so-called "Spring," the seemingly never-ending flow of which is yet to ebb. After that, the only thing left for them was to organise the narrative in a way so as to represent Gaddafi as a stereotyped villain who having stifled democracy for more than four decades set out on a killing spree.

The amazing human hair trade

The High Priests of Hair have defeated the secret wig cartel. Yay! The world can breathe a sigh of relief, and concentrate on fixing lesser problems, such as the global financial crisis.

This Day In History

November 2
1914
Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire.


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