Furore over Eastern and Western parenting skills

January 23, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Furore over Eastern and Western parenting skills

American media is abuzz with news of China these days. As President Barack Obama plays host to Chinese President Hu Jintao and both leaders agree to cooperate on various fronts, there is an undeniable undercurrent of unease and anxiety in America over China’s seemingly unstoppable ascendancy. China’s economy is the envy of the world. In...
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Cloud computing goes mainstream

January 6, 2011
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Cloud computing goes mainstream

Cloud computing has been with us since the dawn of the global Internet. We use cloud computing anytime we use services and storage over the Internet. The cloud refers to the Internet, the vast network of servers, software and data whose location is irrelevant (it is somewhere in the cloud) but which we can...
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Nurturing ‘a beautiful tree’

December 24, 2010
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Nurturing ‘a beautiful tree’

“The Beautiful Tree” is a book that lays bare the bankruptcy of Western ideas about free primary education in developing countries. Written by British educator James Tooley and supported by data from the field, it shows how the poor of the world are taking charge of their educational destiny, and how foreign money and...
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Money, US elections and a “humble” Obama

November 4, 2010
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Money, US elections and a “humble” Obama

One of the axioms of American politics is that the candidate with the deepest pockets wins the election. Millions spent on negative advertisement often turn out to be more persuasive than a record of accomplishments. Money trumps principles. That is why the victory (51.6 percent to 43.4 percent) of Democrat Jerry Brown over Republican Meg...
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Waiting for super teachers

October 18, 2010
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Waiting for super teachers

Education is among America’s most urgent concerns now. For decades pressure has been building to reform the nation’s deplorable public schools, from kindergarten through the 12th grade (K-12). In spite of the billions that have been poured into the system by the government and by wealthy entrepreneurs, there has been no noticeable improvement in...
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Miracle on grass

June 5, 2010
Hasan Zillur Rahim

Can history repeat itself? This is the million-dollar question that has gripped soccer aficionados in America as the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup kicks off. On June 12, the United States will face England in the FIFA World Cup’s opening game in Rustenberg, South Africa. Sixty years earlier, in June 1950, the underdog US team...
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Harvesting solar energy

May 10, 2010
Hasan Zillur Rahim

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster that currently threatens America’s coastline from Louisiana to Florida is a wake-up call for developing clean and renewable energy sources. The havoc the spill is wreaking on the environment will pale in comparison to the havoc that continued dependence on fossil fuel can wreak on the nation’s...
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View from America
Internet Access is a right, not a privilege

April 2, 2010
Hasan Zillur Rahim

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in the United States has recently issued a broadband blueprint for the nation that can be summed up in three words: “100 Squared Initiative.” It means, “Get 100 megabits per second Internet service to 100 million households, at affordable rates, by 2020.”
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Black History Month in America

February 6, 2010
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Black History Month in America

February is Black History Month in America. In campuses across the nation, African-Americans who risked or gave their lives for freedom, justice and racial equality are remembered and celebrated with films, documentaries and poster-displays. Barack Hussein Obama acknowledged their sacrifices when, after winning the presidential election on November 4, 2008, he said: “If there...
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View From America
The Dickensian Decade

December 30, 2009
Hasan Zillur Rahim
<b><i><small>View From America</small></i></b><br />The Dickensian Decade

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the...
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Karen Armstrong and the Charter for Compassion

December 8, 2009
Hasan Zillur Rahim
Karen Armstrong and the Charter for Compassion

In October of 2004, I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Karen Armstrong, renowned author of comparative religion and spirituality, at Stanford University. The title of her talk was “Muslim history and resonance for today.” Three years after 9/11, Americans were still fearful and suspicious of Islam and its followers. The large...
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