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The Myth of the Sectarian Problem and the Solution in Iraq

Dr Simon Leitch analyses the current Iraqi crisis. As Iraq today is rocked by attacks from ISIS a blame game has started to undermine Nuri al-Maliki’s government. Maliki, so the argument goes, needs to do more for Sunnis or the country needs to be divided up along sectarian lines. Such a dichotomy is not helpful, as Maliki’s new democracy cannot be easily divided nor can Maliki give the Sunnis minority an equal say in the running of a Shia-dominated state.

Moving Away to Make Home a Better Place

Musa Ibrahim, the first Bangladeshi to conquer Mt. Everest, who is now on a visit to Australia, writes for about his experience of meeting non-residence Bangladeshis. He discusses what impact corruption has had on opportunities in Bangladesh, how leaving home to pursue education, while a difficult choice is the right choice and that by doing so Bangladeshis can actually help make their home a better place.

Women in the Workplace: Discrimination in Western Europe and South Asia

While popular wisdom holds that liberal democracies in the West have left behind discrimination against women in the workplace — and definitely in comparison to their cousins in Asia there has indeed been significant progress — gender discrimination is still very prevalent across the world. Fahmida Zaman’s essay explores this theme and outlines what legislative support women may expect in their fight against this scourge.