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  1. You should also provide reasoning for this. There are not many other viable options coming up in the near future. F-35s may become available to Bangladesh after 2030 if we align with the West militarily and politically by then.
  2. The way things are going, Bangladesh might become one of the first third world countries to procure F-35s whenever that might happen (not before 2030). Competing aircraft are nowhere as ready for export. F-35 unit costs can only go down given the huge initial investments made. The US will need to expand the market beyond closest of allies to make good return on investment.
  3. Indians fly their Russian jets way too often. I understand that they need to keep flying to maintain operational readiness but Russian engines are not purpose-built for this. If AESA radar equipped, F-16s or Gripens supported by AEW&C aircraft can wreck havoc on Indian fleet due to their superior servicability.
  4. He probably ran afoul of the massive corruption and mafia racket within RAB which threatened exposure of higher ups. No army officer simply "disappears" for 18 months.
  5. Well, the main purpose of UNFIL is to keep Hezbollah in check, not the IDF. Of course the IDF would not mind. Regardless, I would like Bangladesh to cooperate with Israel extensively in STEM.
  6. We have tried the non-recognition gimmick for 49 years now. How has that helped Palestinians in any meaningful way? Once the far-right, fascist Liqud is out of office we should offer conditional recognition to Israel in exchange for allowing peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid to Gaza and West Bank and continued negotiations for a two-state solution.
  7. Sanders rescues medical debt-ridden veteran Navy pilot from the verge of suicide. Before: After:
  8. Sanders' race is now against himself. He has to win the majority of delegates nationwide to prevent the convention from entering the second ballot (contested convention). The only reason the 5 establishment hacks are still running is to divide the votes and force the convention into the second ballot in which the undemocratic 500 superdelegates will come into play to steal the nomination.
  9. For the first time in the history of the United States, a primary candidate (Democrat or Republican) wins the popular vote in the first three primaries: Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. Sanders wins over 50% of delegates in Nevada: @sibghat_99 @avicenna
  10. I am sorry folks but I cannot stand such two-faced hypocrisy. This muppet voted against MLK day: https://thehill.com/homenews/229844-lawmakers-reflect-on-no-votes-on-mlk-day He refused to denounce Trump's racist comment against sitting Congresswomen: https://apnews.com/a10c3e3c0d4f42bda21426047755fa2c Yet he has the gall to lecture us on tolerance? He should learn a thing or two from his fellow Senator Sanders:
  11. A Republiturd complaining about religious persecution is very rich. His own party is the proponent of the Southern Strategy and champions of minority voter suppression and jerrymandering.
  12. Sanders wins backing of top Muslim political group Wa'el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action, said Sanders is popular among Muslim voters because of his health care plan, criminal justice proposals and environmental policy. By HOLLY OTTERBEIN 02/20/2020 06:01 AM EST Emgage PAC, which calls itself the biggest Muslim political action committee in the country, is throwing its weight behind Bernie Sanders. The organization, which has chapters and affiliates in 11 states, is the latest in a series of high-profile Muslim groups and elected officials to endorse the Vermont senator. Wa'el Alzayat, CEO of Emgage Action, said Sanders is popular among Muslim voters because of his health care plan, criminal justice proposals and environmental policy. He also noted his international affairs platform and record of supporting Palestinian rights. “More than any other presidential candidate, Sen. Sanders has built a historically inclusive and forward-thinking movement: one that represents America as a set of ideas grounded in the belief that all humans are equal and worthy of a dignified life,” he said. “Our endorsement is intended to galvanize Muslim Americans at the polls to ensure that our voices are heard.” An informal survey of Emgage’s members and email list users found that nearly 75 percent said they support Sanders. Sanders was one of only two 2020 candidates to attend a presidential candidate forum co-hosted by Emgage at the Islamic Society of North America's annual convention. That didn’t go unnoticed by Muslim leaders, who have argued that most of the 2020 contenders have all but neglected them. "From where we’re sitting and what we’ve seen, it doesn’t seem that any major candidate has reached out in the same way,” Alzayat said. Sanders’ relationship with Muslim voters contributed to his upset victory in Michigan in the 2016 presidential primary. This year, Sanders has won the support of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the first two Muslim women elected to the House. “It is an honor to receive this endorsement from Emgage Action,” Sanders said in a statement. “While Donald Trump has demonized our Muslim communities, our movement is working to bring Muslims and people of all backgrounds into the political system. Together we will create an economy, justice system and immigration system that are rooted in human rights for all." https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/20/sanders-wins-backing-of-top-muslim-political-group-116284
  13. Sanders blasts Israeli and Saudi rulers as 'racists' and 'thugs' Date of publication: 19 February, 2020 The progressive presidential candidate lambasted MBS and Netanyahu, issuing a rallying cry for a more just foreign policy and pledging to mediate the divides in the Middle East. Bernie Sanders took aim at Middle East heavyweights during a town hall meeting on Tuesday, issuing a take-down of the Saudi and Israeli leadership while vowing to implement a more just foreign policy in the region. The Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination and flag-bearer for the party's progressive wing, said the US had to stop "being really cozy" with "billionaire dictator" Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto leader. "For years, we have loved Saudi Arabia - our wonderful ally; the only problem is the people who run that country are murderous thugs," Sanders said in Tuesday's meeting, televised on CNN. The long-time Vermont senator said that instead, the US should be a mediating force in the region. "We can bring the Saudis and the Iranians together, tell them that we're sick and tired as a nation [of] spending trillions of dollars on endless wars," Sanders said. "They're going to have to get their act together. And we have the resources to help bring that about." He said he would tell those countries to "get their act together" because the US is "sick and tired [of] spending trillions of dollars on endless wars". Sanders, who has come first and close second in the first two Democratic primary votes, also lambasted Israel's leadership and reiterated his calls for the US to be more supportive of Palestinians while maintaining Israeli security and independence. "To be for the Israeli people and to be for peace in the Middle East does not mean that we have to support right wing racist governments that currently exist in Israel," he said. "And let me tell you this also, and I feel strongly about it, as somebody who's Jewish, and knowing how much our people have suffered over the years." Sanders pointed to the 70 percent unemployment rate and blockade in the Gaza Strip, saying that the US "[has] the wealth" to bring Israelis and Palestinians together and negotiate a more just situation. "It cannot just simply be a one that we're just pro Israel and we ignore the needs of the Palestinian people," he added. Sanders won New Hampshire's high-stakes Democratic primary last week, leaving rivals including party stalwart Joe Biden in his wake as he staked his claim to challenge President Donald Trump in November. Sanders, the, claimed 25.7 percent of votes in the northeastern state, where he previously beat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Indiana ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg netted the second largest vote share with 24.4 percent. In his victory speech, he called his win "the beginning of the end for Donald Trump". https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2020/2/19/sanders-blasts-israeli-and-saudi-rulers-as-racists-thugs
  14. They already are trying hard but there is just way too much momentum in Sander's favour . Look up the Iowa caucus app fiasco and whispers in the air of Tom Perez bringing back superdelegates on the first ballot. Bernie threatens the livelihood of establishment Democrats and mainstream media who are funded by bribes from corporations. They are throwing everything at him hoping something sticks. A few instances provided below. This guy will alter the course of global politics where the US might actually become a force of good. For example, he threatens to cut aid to Israel and give it to Palestinians and has a 13 trillion dollar climate action plan.
  15. @Legionair Sanders surges to double-digit lead in new nationwide poll https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/18/bernie-sanders-frontrunner-nationwide-poll-115753
  16. The fact that this is even a debate is quite reflective of the Indian society.
  17. While specifics and tone can be debated, it is counterproductive to throw around labels at the sight of slightest of dissents. If every Bangladeshi were to parrot BSS/ISPR, there would be no point in having forums. We might as well then grab popcorn and watch BTV. Criticism makes you stronger while routine head-nods reinforce ill-concieved notions. Although a foreign concept, every segment of Bangladeshi society, be it govt or private, military or civil, rich or poor, need to work on raising our trigger thresholds.
  18. He won because he could not run against a more disliked Democrat. Voter turnout was low. It is not just about me "hoping" things. You have to study polling data (both of candidates and of policy proposals) and momentum. Feel free to discuss further in the election thread I have started.
  19. It is not about better or worse; purpose matters. Apaches are not purpose built for naval ops. They will rust quickly if operated over seas. As for the navy not being ready for fighters: it is about being allowed the opportunity. If the government gives the go-ahead, they will run with it. They will bolt through primary and jet training for initial batches. They will send pilots overseas for jet training if necessary if BAF try to create impediments with their bureaucracy. BA have already procured their own primary trainers as they do not want to remain handicapped.
  20. There is no hope unless and until Terminal 1 and 2 of HSIA are completely revamped for upgrade to Cat-1. The entire baggage-handling and scanning processes need to be re-designed. They have already brought in body scanners but are yet to operate them.
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