Go to Lonka, become Rabon. REPEAT.

August 25, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
Go to Lonka, become Rabon. REPEAT.

My mother used to say, “Je Lonkai jai, se Rabon hoi”. She was using it in small contexts to point out the unfairness of one kid taking over all the goodies at the expense of others. Once a year as many as 15 of us cousins would get together for Eid Holidays in Sylhet...
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A racist, an illiterate, and a member of parliament

August 14, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
A racist, an illiterate, and a member of parliament

August 4, a hot and humid day in Boulder, Colorado. I got back from being dragged around the lake and hills by my dogs. As is my habit I clicked on bdnews24.com. What should I see; a picture of a fat man in a moustache, skullcap, and Nehru Coat saying Africans are uncivilised savages! More...
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Talk, talk, talk, do nothing, shift blame

August 11, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
Talk, talk, talk, do nothing, shift blame

I started this article to write about all the talking that the Prime Minister, The Home Minister and all the mini ministers have been doing about catching the murderers who have killed four talented bloggers and writers. They simply talk, talk, and talk. I assumed the talk is just a way to hide the incompetence...
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Posted in Crime, Religious Extremism | 14 Comments »

No tears for thousands of other Rajans

July 15, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
No tears for thousands of other Rajans

#OPINION: Syed Ashraf falls, as Tajuddin Ahmad fell “One of the few decent men in politics today leaves government under a cloud that ought not to be there.” https://shar.es/1sHdWz Social media is in a state of froth about the beating to death of 10 year old Rajan at the hands of callous murderers. The Minister is...
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Posted in Abuse, Law and Justice | 12 Comments »

Marriage in the days of ISIS and SCOTUS

July 5, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
Marriage in the days of ISIS and SCOTUS

“The arc of moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” is an immortal quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. That Arc finally bent towards justice when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made Gay Marriage the Law of the land.  The Christian Right (I am also sure religious fundamentalists of...
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Posted in Human Rights, Positive Bangladesh, Social Issues | 4 Comments »

I forgive you

June 24, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
I forgive you

“I just want everyone to know that I forgive you“. So said Nadine Collier, the daughter of 70-year old victim Ethel Lance, in an emotion-choked and electrifying victim statement, when confronted with the evil of Dylann Roof. She went on, “You hurt me, you hurt a lot of people, but I forgive you”. This little runt of...
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A bigot, a coward, and a Nobel Laureate

June 21, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
A bigot, a coward, and a Nobel Laureate

Today I want to introduce you to a bigot and a Nobel laureate who ultimately is a coward and self-serving politician like the best of them. I am of course talking about Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese politician and the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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There is Milk and Honey in the Buriganga

January 26, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
There is Milk and Honey in the Buriganga

Count ‘em! Not one, not two but five of them met with the media barons of Bangladesh
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Posted in Economy, Politics, Violence | 5 Comments »

Cowards in Paris, cowardice of the Ummah

January 14, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
Cowards in Paris, cowardice of the Ummah

“If you cannot laugh at your God, then that God must be very small. The Prophet is, well, a midget,” so said Stephane Charbonnier, the Editor-in Chief of Charlie Hebdo, just a few years ago.
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Posted in Middle East, Religion, Religious Extremism, Satire, Terrorism | 37 Comments »

Collecting grievances, killing prosperity

January 6, 2015
Kayes Ahmed
Collecting grievances, killing prosperity

Bangladesh all of a sudden is looking at yet another
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Sex, garment industry and social revolution

November 20, 2014
Kayes Ahmed
Sex, garment industry and social revolution

Dear reader, I will credit the fact that you are reading this rant
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Posted in RMG, Social Issues | 24 Comments »

Moving up the value ladder? Not so fast!

November 1, 2014
Kayes Ahmed
Moving up the value ladder? Not so fast!

I am on one of my periodic swings thru Bangladesh and other Asian countries from which we source products
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Posted in Economy, RMG | 3 Comments »

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