Archive for September, 2011

Animal enthusiasm

September 30, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Animal enthusiasm

I was reading this morning about some large animals – a rhino and a couple of elephants – in the zoo in Mumbai, a place called Ranibagh situated right in the most crowded part of the city. The unfortunate creatures are single, alone, without mates, without company, with no real friends except their keepers,...
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The range of resistance

September 29, 2011
Iftekhar Iqbal
The range of resistance

Bangladesh public sphere is intellectually vibrant. Issues of public importance are reported, analysed and deliberated upon intensely in the countless print, web, and audio-visual media.
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Posted in Development, Economy, Law and Justice | 3 Comments »

America’s Israeli conundrum

September 27, 2011
MK Aaref
America’s Israeli conundrum

The Palestinian authority applied for full recognition as a state through the UN. As anticipated, it has been opposed by both the United States and Israel.
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Posted in International, World | 1 Comment »

Is there a case for banning Jamaat-e-Islami?

September 29, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
Is there a case for banning Jamaat-e-Islami?

Awami League leader Md. Nasim has said something many may soon start saying: Ban Jamaat-e-Islami from Bangladesh politics. This mood is increasing in the wake of the War Crimes Tribunal and Jamaat’s mounting aggressive strategy.
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Posted in Politics | 28 Comments »

On transit: The shortest route should not be the “free-est”

September 21, 2011
Shafquat Rabbee
On transit: The shortest route should not be the “free-est”

Indian mainland wants to utilise the shortest route to access its eastern “Seven Sister” states via Bangladesh. The desire for the shortest route gave birth to relentless pressure on successive Bangladeshi governments to provide transit facilities.
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DU history and its part in Bangladeshi national identity formation

September 25, 2011
Fakrul Alam
DU history and its part in Bangladeshi national identity formation

Dhaka University started playing a decisive role in Bangladeshi national identity formation almost as soon as the Islamic state of Pakistan was born.
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Posted in History | 14 Comments »

Bangladesh deserves a voice

September 26, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Bangladesh deserves a voice

My son attends a school where one of the unique classes in his program is a model UN. Children have the opportunity to study and represent a particular nation. In March, he will travel to Washington DC to participate in a mock session of the United Nations.
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Posted in Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, International, World | 12 Comments »

Microcredit doesn’t work – it’s now official

September 20, 2011
Milford Bateman
Microcredit doesn’t work – it’s now official

The concept of microcredit — tiny microloans used to help establish or expand income-generating informal microenterprises — was for most of the last 30 years seen by the international development community to be the perfect self-help answer to poverty, unemployment and under-development.
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Posted in Economy | 31 Comments »

Libya uprising – an end or beginning of more misery?

September 25, 2011
Subhan Choudhury
Libya uprising – an end or beginning of more misery?

Muammar Gadhaffi era has ended. But what is the prize for dragging him down from power? Is this a humanitarian war? Is it to liberate the Libyans? Or is it for Libya’s 1.6 million barrels per day output of high quality crude oil?
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Posted in International | 1 Comment »

Can we ever be ready to die?

September 23, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Can we ever be ready to die?

Disaster is a part of life anywhere in the world. And as one disaster follows the other, as it will inevitably do, people learn from the first and are better prepared to face the second. Or so anyone would presume. But things are not that simple.
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All it takes is two minutes…

September 19, 2011
MK Aaref
All it takes is two minutes…

The couch shook, and we ran outside. However it went on and on, reportedly for two whole minutes and yet seemed like forever. Caught in the upper levels of an apartment building, we got the feel of the swaying even more.
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Posted in Environment/Climate, Urbanization | 4 Comments »

The ex-chief justice, the ex-PM and that ‘ghoosh’ in the middle

September 15, 2011
Afsan Chowdhury
The ex-chief justice, the ex-PM and that <em>‘ghoosh’</em> in the middle

Khaleda Zia’s allegation against the ex-chief justice Khairul Haque that he took bribes to pass the 15th amendment which ended the caretaker government system has caused great hullabaloo as expected. Leaders and politicians from both sides are making statements against each other adding a lot more heat.
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Posted in Politics | 23 Comments »

And terror knocks on our door…again!

September 13, 2011
Ramya Sarma
And terror knocks on our door…again!

After 26/11, 2008, when ten terrorists came sneaking in to Mumbai and held hundreds of people and a whole city hostage, we promised ourselves that it would never happen again. We tightened our heartstrings, our belts and our security systems and battened down the hatches that had allowed the baddies to come sneaking into...
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Understanding September tragedies

September 12, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Understanding September tragedies

When I think back on the events of September 11, 2001, I find that I don’t have too much to say. I remember feeling isolated by the thought that in the great march of time and history, if this day were the worst for our nation, we should feel blessed.
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Posted in Development, Environment/Climate, International | 3 Comments »

A perspective on the 9/11 attacks

September 11, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
A perspective on the 9/11 attacks

A week after the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, my doorbell rang one evening. Gail, my neighbour and a devout Christian, stood apologetically, sorrow etched on her face. “I brought this for you,” she said.
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Posted in International | 9 Comments »

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