Happy 2021!

January 3, 2011
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Happy 2021!

January 1, 2021: New Palm Beach, Antarctica So much has happened in the last decade, so many positive changes for the world in general, and specifically for Bangladesh. As the satisfying hum of my GPS vacuum robot cleaning my bioneural carpet sounds in my ear, I quote the following article to my sleevetop computer.
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A Christmas car ride

December 27, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
A Christmas car ride

Christmastime in the United States is a magical, special time of year meant to be spent in the warmth and company of family. Special meals, singing Christmas Carols, and gift-exchanging are common traditions that we enjoy during this most special of American holidays. If how we spend this holiday holds any special portents of...
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Mama Grizzly Bears — Sheikh Hasina, Sarah Palin, and the fishing trip

December 22, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Mama Grizzly Bears — Sheikh Hasina, Sarah Palin, and the fishing trip

On this, the week of my 48th birthday, I ask that you indulge me a bit as I play one of my favourite games, “if I ruled the world” or this case, “if I had the ear of the Prime Minister.” I’m currently a passenger in a car making the 90 minute drive from my...
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Only faith can save the trees

December 13, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Only faith can save the trees

Let me take you on a walk, as I describe the majesty that surrounds me, just a block from my home here in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. This forest, my classroom, my office, my grocery store, and my place of worship, was created by God’s hand.
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Us and them

December 6, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Us and them

In diplomacy, in business, even in philanthropy, people will attempt to gain an advantage whenever they deal with “others”. Therefore, in studying the motivations of individuals and institutions, the pivotal question is: “When a person says us, to whom does s/he refer?” We gather information on our friends, and we secretly share it with other friends. In...
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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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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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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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Of prawns and profits: why our president won’t be visiting you guys…

November 8, 2010
Frank Domenico Cipriani
Of prawns and profits: why our president won’t be visiting you guys…

I will be writing regularly, speaking to you from halfway around the world, here in New Jersey. I had hoped to discover your culture virtually and then reflect my observations back to you from a middle-class American point of view. But our President Obama is visiting your next door neighbours on the heels of...
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