Archive for November, 2010

In transit: the next train home

November 30, 2010
Rubana Huq
In transit: the next train home

Everyone is too attached to India. The government is; our culture gurus are; the tourists as well. While the general people fear over-friendly overtures from any government, the policymakers have no option but to choose sides. Therefore every five years, we travel from one side of the court to the other. Being transported, it...
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Posted in Development | 5 Comments »

Cricket and politics in Bangladesh: the uninformed American weighs in

November 29, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Cricket and politics in Bangladesh: the uninformed American weighs in

I preface with an apology. I have broken a cardinal rule: I am writing on a subject about which I know so little, that I should have no legitimate opinion. I’m writing about cricket and current events in Bangladesh, two things that completely confuse me. So I beg your forgiveness if this outsider’s...
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Posted in International, Politics | 15 Comments »

Why I’m going to Cancun

November 29, 2010
Mary Robinson
Why I’m going to Cancun

The world is worried about upcoming UN climate change negotiations in Cancun. Many experts doubt the UN has what it takes to address the greatest threat to humanity we have ever faced. They see the talks as a lost cause, a forum unsuited to overcoming the global challenge of climate change.
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Posted in Environment/Climate | 2 Comments »

It’s not personal

November 28, 2010
Rumi Ahmed
It’s not personal

The manner in which the leader of the opposition and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was evicted from her cantonment residence was outright shocking to most observers of Bangladesh politics. Not only the physical eviction itself, but the way the opposition leader was literally pushed out of her home of 38 years by an overwhelming...
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Posted in Politics | 36 Comments »

Forget ethics, just pay!

November 26, 2010
Ramya Sarma
Forget ethics, just pay!

Scandal and sensation is part of everyday life anywhere in the world. Like an epidemic, it has occasional flare-ups and then subsides into a subliminal mutter, all set and waiting to erupt once again into a storm that hits headlines in print, on television and over the Internet. Over the past few weeks, an...
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Towards understanding Islam in postcolonial world order — Part I

November 25, 2010
Taj Hashmi
Towards understanding Islam in postcolonial world order — Part I

Overview As the discord between modern and traditional Muslims is ideological by nature, so is the conflict between Islam and the West. And ideology is more about power, influence and identity than a mere reflection of culture and belief system. While modern Muslim elites are unwilling to concede power and privileges to the mullahs, most...
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Student politics and public university

November 24, 2010
Hasan Reza
Student politics and public university

The past election victory of the Awami League alliance was followed by another event — change of status quo of the students’ political organisations in the public universities. The student organisations, Chattra Dal and Chattra Shibir were ousted from many campuses. We thought that the reign of the bullies would come to an end!...
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Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

One-child policy, please!

November 23, 2010
MK Aaref
One-child policy, please!

I was reading somewhere that by 2050, our population will be 250 million. Indeed it is a huge number to deal with. At least, I certainly do NOT want to be around, surrounded by millions at this scale. I am not going to delve into some statistical exercise. There is no point in arguing about the...
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Posted in Environment/Climate, Public Policy | 19 Comments »

Our leaders’ penchant for big house

November 22, 2010
Arshad Mahmud
Our leaders’ penchant for big house

The dust appears to have settled, at least for now, over Khaleda Zia’s Cantonment house. And I thought this is time to take a dispassionate look at the whole saga that seemed to have deflected public attention from more pressing issues afflicting the nation. I must say that I couldn’t help but feel sad for...
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Posted in Politics | 28 Comments »

America is not at war with Islam

November 22, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
America is not at war with Islam

“We are not at war with Islam. This is a war within Islam. A small minority of violent killers seek to impose their view on the vast majority of Muslims who want the same things all of us want: economic opportunity, education, and the chance to build a better life for themselves and their...
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Posted in International, Religion | 24 Comments »

The minority report

November 21, 2010
Afsan Chowdhury
The minority report

Seven years after 11 members of a Hindu family were murdered in Chittagong; the family still awaits a trial. In a country where the legal system is disabled and politics influences the verdicts, few can have confidence in the system to deliver. If you are a Hindu, the chances of getting redress are almost...
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Posted in Human Rights, Politics | 23 Comments »

Lie u ten ant

November 20, 2010
Syeed Ahamed
Lie u ten ant

On 13 November 2010, the opposition leader Khaleda Zia accused the government of ‘forcefully and disgracefully evicting her’ from her cantonment residence. Ironically the same day, some Awami League leaders thanked her for ‘upholding the rule of law’ by vacating the house ‘willingly’. In the press briefing, the lamenting opposition leader said, “I feel harassed,...
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Posted in Politics | 19 Comments »

The great divide

November 19, 2010
Ramya Sarma
The great divide

Once upon a very long time ago God created man and, of course, woman. One school of thought maintains that woman — let’s call her Eve, since that would be more convenient and comprehensible — was formed from a bone from the ribcage of the man — Adam, again for more convenience. A Greek...
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Posted in Human Rights | 5 Comments »

How was Churchill different from Hitler?

November 16, 2010
Afsan Chowdhury
How was Churchill different from Hitler?

“Churchill’s Secret War”, by Madhusree Mukherjee, a physics scholar and author is an expose which shows how Churchill in particular and the British war cabinet in general took decisions that led to deliberate starving to death of many millions in India particularly Bengal. It was all done in the name of serving freedom and...
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The character of a nation

November 15, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
The character of a nation

As I grow more fascinated with Bangladesh, I want to learn as much as I can about the character of you all, my dear readers. I recently discovered that the sport of hadudu is the national sport of Bangladesh. I watched it played online, and I tried it with my children here at home....
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