Archive for October, 2012

How to make a terrorist: The do-it-yourself guide

October 31, 2012
Andrew Eagle
How to make a terrorist: The do-it-yourself guide

The first thing you’ll need in making your terrorist is a human being, and in choosing one there are a number of factors to consider.  Firstly, youth can be a valuable asset.
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Posted in Law and Justice, Terrorism | 19 Comments »

COP 11 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Bangladesh

October 30, 2012
A. K. M. Nazrul Islam
COP 11 to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Bangladesh

The Eleventh Ordinary Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has recently been held (8-19 October) in Hyderabad, India.
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Posted in Environment/Climate | 3 Comments »

Bangladeshi-American Democratic Caucus

October 29, 2012
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Bangladeshi-American Democratic Caucus

Political activism for promoting community interests as well as the common good is the hallmark of a flourishing democracy. Without active and focused political participation
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Posted in Development, Education | 2 Comments »

The case of Nafis and the perpetual state of denial

October 26, 2012
Asif Farooq
The case of Nafis and the perpetual state of denial

The world obviously is not a perfect place. The sheer multitude of stories from different corners of the world is overwhelming. The more interconnected we are, the more we get to learn about different cultures, cohesion and conflicts among us.
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Posted in Religious Extremism, Terrorism | 11 Comments »

One Nafis, many problems

October 25, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
One Nafis, many problems

Let me start by asking you all a question. You may have a very strong religious affiliation; your faith may be impeccable. Or you may be deeply indoctrinated with a political ideology.
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Posted in Terrorism | 18 Comments »

Economic recovery may come too late for Obama

October 28, 2012
Nicholas Wapshott
Economic recovery may come too late for Obama

The green shoots of recovery are growing a little taller. Newly released gross domestic product estimates measuring consumer
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Posted in US Election 2012 | No Comments »

Romney’s Etch a Sketch foreign policy

October 24, 2012
David Rohde
Romney’s Etch a Sketch foreign policy

During last night’s foreign policy debate, the Mitt Romney of the Republican primaries disappeared. Romney’s April criticism of Obama’s decision to commit the United States military to helping oust Muammar Qaddafi in Libya disappeared.
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Posted in US Election 2012 | No Comments »

The Third Law

October 23, 2012
Irfan Chowdhury
The Third Law

To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction, proposed Sir Isaac Newton in 1687. Scientists, engineers or philosophers have used this dictum to further research and innovation
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Posted in Corruption, Media | 2 Comments »

Acts of bravery

October 22, 2012
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Acts of bravery

I recall a very special learning experience as I taught last year at an all-inclusive progressive school. I was sitting in a history class with my co-teacher and a cluster of students.
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Posted in Religious Extremism, Women's Rights | 18 Comments »

Romney’s auto bailout dodge strains credulity

October 22, 2012
Nicholas Wapshott
Romney’s auto bailout dodge strains credulity

There is the truth. Then there is the whole truth. Mitt Romney is still lagging behind the president in Ohio, the weather-vane state that has voted for every president since Abraham Lincoln
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Posted in International, US Election 2012, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Dancing the blame cabaret

October 21, 2012
Wasi Ahmed
Dancing the blame cabaret

Nothing seems appropriate enough to mark the past two weeks as anything but the ‘blame weeks’. Our collective dementia must not let us forget the overwhelming presence of ‘blame game’ during the weeks
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Posted in Communal Discord | 8 Comments »

Ramu: Lessons unlearnt

October 21, 2012
Israfil Khosru
Ramu: Lessons unlearnt

The carnage orchestrated in Ramu on the 29th and 30th day of September will always be remembered as a dark episode in the history of Bangladesh and Bangladeshi nationalism.
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Posted in Communal Discord | 5 Comments »

Death from above: The dilemma of drone strikes

October 19, 2012
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Death from above:  The dilemma of drone strikes

When the United States ratified the Geneva Conventions in 1955, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations categorized the agreements as follows
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Posted in International | 3 Comments »

The cost of public corruption

October 18, 2012
Muhammad Q. Islam
The cost of public corruption

Tk 3600 crore embezzled from Sonali Bank! At Tk 80 per dollar, that’s a whopping $450,000,000.  Suranjit Sen Gupta and Tk 70 lakh?
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Posted in Corruption | 16 Comments »

Malala shooting: Does the BBC share the blame too?

October 17, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
Malala shooting: Does the BBC share the blame too?

Malala, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, an activist who was writing a blog on her life and education in frontier Pakistan was shot in her head by the Taliban.
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Posted in Religious Extremism, Women's Rights | 18 Comments »

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