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Volume 2 Issue 4 | May 2007



Original Forum Editorial

Month in Review: Bangladesh
Month in Review: International
The end of corruption?-- Rehman Sobhan
Fixing the power problem -- Mamun Rashid
The third decade of Saarc-- Sridhar Khatri
Ensuring the people's right to know-- Sadrul Hasan Mazumder
Photo Feature
Burma's generals dig their heels in-- Larry Jagan
American Mamlukes-- M. Shahid Alam
Reflections on April-- Syed Badrul Ahsan
Feeding the nation -- Mahbubul Islam Khan
It's no joke
Music and poetry (original translation) -- Rabindranath Tagore
Bad girls and middle-class morality -- Rubaiyat Hossain
Washington Irving and Islam -- Syed Ashraf Ali


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Month in review: International

A Virginia campus mourns after 32 people are killed in a shooting rampage by a lone gunman who ends the massacre by turning his gun on himself. Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old student of South Korean origin described as a "loner" is identified as the gunman who carried out the deadliest school shooting in US history.

Russia's first democratically elected president, Boris Yeltsin is buried in Moscow on April 25 after a solemn service at an Orthodox cathedral. The 76-year-old Yeltsin died on April 23 of heart failure and his memorial service was at the Russian Orthodox Christ the Saviour Cathedral, where his body lay in state.

Amnesty International condemns Iraq for becoming the world's fourth highest user of the death penalty. The human rights group says there has been a rapid rise in executions since 2004, when the US handed control to the newly elected government. It says more than 270 people have been sentenced to death since then and at least 100 executions have taken place. Only Iran, China, and Pakistan use the death penalty more frequently.

The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement breaks a five-month ceasefire by firing rockets into Israel. The Izzedine al-Qassam Brigade says the attacks are in revenge for recent killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces. An Israeli army spokesman says at least five rockets were fired at Israel. There are no reports
of casualties.

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