From Wikileaks to Hillaryleak

February 2, 2011
Shafik Rehman
From Wikileaks to Hillaryleak

On 28 November 2010, website Wikileaks and its five international associates, namely, The New York Times, The Guardian, EI Pais, Der Spiegel and Le Monde, began to publish serially “Secret US Diplomatic Cables”. Worldwide repercussions followed and world politics looked a bit different. The US government was embarrassed. Information published by Wikileaks were considered...
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Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

January 24, 2011
Shafik Rehman
Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

Two daily newspapers, Prothom Alo and Daily Star, published the results of two opinion polls on 6 January 2011. Both the newspapers published summary of the polls on the front page. Full reports were published with graphics in tabloid sized special supplements.  Municipal polls to elect mayors and councillors were to be held on...
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How to make a state visit successful…without really trying

April 7, 2010
Shafik Rehman

Scene 1 Place : State meeting room, Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China Time : Midday, 18 March 2010 Characters : Prime Minister of China (PMC), Prime Minister of Bangladesh (PMB) and ...
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How to be successful in preserving your name … without really trying

March 11, 2010
Shafik Rehman

Place : London Time : July 2010 Characters : Adil, a Bangladeshi businessman visiting London Jones, UK Immigration Officer Tom, taxi driver Private Secretary to HM the Queen Queen Elizabeth Scene 1 Airport Immigration Counter Businessman Adil (looking worried and handing over passport): Please, can you tell me if I have come to the right airport?...
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How to succeed in conspiracy… without really trying

November 24, 2009
Shafik Rehman
How to succeed in conspiracy… without really trying

Place : Arrivals, Zia International Airport, Dhaka Time : 11am, Jan 6 2010 Characters : A young Bengali passenger arriving from London, wearing a navy blue suit, deep blue shirt and a bright red tie. A middle aged immigration officer at his desk at the airport, wearing uniform and badge. A car driver. Immigration Officer : Your...
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