Despite debt deal, clouds hang over Obama re-election

August 3, 2011
Arshad Mahmud
Despite debt deal, clouds hang over Obama re-election

As you have come to know by now that the United States Congress voted to raise the federal debt limit just hours before the deadline was to expire on Aug 2. Failure to do so would have led to the US treasury running short of cash to pay the nation’s bills.
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What happens if the US defaults?

July 28, 2011
Arshad Mahmud
What happens if the US defaults?

As you’ve already noticed, the whole world is now focused on what happens on Aug 2 when the deadline for raising the United States current debt limit of $14.3 trillion expires. Tension is mounting all across largely because what happens in the world’s largest economy has implications for many countries including Bangladesh, which exports...
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A famous illegal immigrant and rule of law

June 30, 2011
Arshad Mahmud
A famous illegal immigrant and rule of law

He worked for The Washington Post and, even before he turned 30, won a Pulitzer, America’s most coveted journalism prize. So, he was already famous. But this past week he has become even more famous after he wrote a 4,661-word magazine piece in The New York Times, revealing his identity as an ‘undocumented immigrant’...
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Dipu Moni is wrong

March 5, 2011
Arshad Mahmud
Dipu Moni is wrong

It appears that our foreign minister did not quite grasp the diplomatic fallout it would cause with the United States by the unceremonious sacking of Nobel winner Muhammad Yunus from the Grameen Bank.
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Egyptian turmoil highlights US dilemma

February 3, 2011
Arshad Mahmud
Egyptian turmoil highlights US dilemma

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians now protesting in Cairo and Alexandria appeared more emboldened than ever in their resolve to oust President Hosni Mubarak. Indeed, the televised speech that Mubarak made on Tuesday evening promising not to seek another term appeared to stoke the protesters’ rage even further. “Get out now”, was their overwhelming response...
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In praise of ‘dirty old’ Sardarji

December 26, 2010
Arshad Mahmud
In praise of ‘dirty old’ Sardarji

Now, at 96 plus, Khuswant Singh appears to have had enough and wants to call it quits. Otherwise, what else can explain his abrupt decision to stop writing — his lifelong passion and the elixir (besides a glass of scotch every evening) that have kept him surprisingly agile, robust and remarkably productive for all...
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The ‘truth’ about the ‘house’

December 13, 2010
Arshad Mahmud
The ‘truth’ about the ‘house’

In any war, as the saying goes, truth becomes the ultimate casualty. So it is no surprise that in the ongoing war of words over the household goods at Khaleda Zia’s cantonment house, the real truth appears to have gone missing. And no one knows exactly what items were found in her house and what...
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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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Will the prime minister wake up before it’s too late?

October 2, 2010
Arshad Mahmud

Amid the gloom and doom that often accompany news about Bangladesh here in the United States, there had been a refreshing departure last week. A leading newspaper and a senior American official had dwelt at length on the remarkable progress Bangladesh has made in the past two decades and the potential it holds for...
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Wrenching time for American Mulsims

September 8, 2010
Arshad Mahmud

These are wrenching times for American Muslims. Being a Muslim myself, I cannot escape the anti-Muslim hysteria being whipped up by the controversy over the proposed Islamic Centre in downtown Manhattan.
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Can the garment workers be subdued?

August 4, 2010
Arshad Mahmud

The day aggrieved garment workers in Dhaka took to the streets last week protesting the recently announced minimum wage for them, BBC World News ran a segment showing similar protests in Cambodia, where garment workers, mostly women, were demonstrating demanding raising their minimum wage from the current $54 a...
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The mystique of PM’s son

March 19, 2011
Arshad Mahmud
The mystique of PM’s son

In early 2009, only days after the Awami League-led alliance returned to power with a thumping majority, a Bangladeshi lobby group organised a seminar in collaboration with Johns Hopkins’s University’s South Asia division here in Washington. I covered the seminar not so much for its title “Future challenges for Bangladesh”, but mostly out of interest...
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