West or East, it seems that the plight of many women worldwide is depressing. In Europe, at least 45 per cent of women face physical abuse, and 10 per cent have suffered sexual abuse at some stage in their lives. European Union figures show that at least 1,000 women die every year due to domestic violence. For the same reason, European countries continue to struggle to put domestic violence at the centre of all reforms of national policies.
Women became second-class citizens in Iran after the Iranian revolution of 1979. After the revolution, the Islamic regime forced veiling, invoked polygamy, gender segregation, surveillance, and revoked laws under the Shah which gave limited space and freedom to women
Shakeel Anjum Delhi
To remedy that the Philippines must become more open to investment and must amend its laws to make it easier for foreign companies to come in and compete with the elite’s vested interests
A sneak peek into some interesting news, commentary and interviews from all over the world
Hardnews Bureau Delhi
The Teesta Accord is the bridge of goodwill. It will foster new optimism and trust between the two countries
Rajat Roy Kolkata
The politics of relentless confrontation between the two main political parties has ravaged the political discourse in what could be a vibrant democracy
Smruti S Pattanaik Delhi
The tribunal to bring to justice the war criminals and rapists of the 1971 liberation war has run into unhappy ground
David Bergman Dhaka
Is Bangladesh on the cusp of an economic and social breakthrough?
Syed Zain Al-Mahmood Dhaka
Can Khaleda Zia, with her protracted baggage and apparent links with extremist groups, replicate Sheikh Hasina’s feat in addressing India’s security concerns?
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury Delhi
Despite a government crackdown, Islamic extremists are still entrenched in Bangladesh
Anshuman Behera New Delhi