Miscellany

Bangabandhu’s 99th or 100th birth anniversary?

Sir Frank Peters I am confused… totally confused… and I am sure there are millions more just like me. In some Bangladeshi newspapers on Sunday news stories heralded Bangabandhu’s birthday anniversary as his 99th. Other publications made claim it was his 100th. Which are correct? By my calculations, if Bangabandhu was born on March 17, […]

Miscellany

What happened to the remains of Khashoggi’s predecessor?

Ghadanfar Rokon Abadi was Iran’s senior intelligence officer in Beirut in the late 1990s. I met him many times and he was always frank about Iran’s support for Hezbollah in Lebanon; he even spoke to students at a Christian university in east Beirut to explain why his country supported Syria. He was not very convincing: claiming that the Syrian revolution had nothing to do with poverty or oppression was a hard sell.