NM Harun

Political stability remains elusive

November 23, 2011
Political stability remains elusive

The litany of grievances against the Hasina government is long. But the issues of governance, vital though these are, will not necessarily determine the course of politics.

Constitutional politics in the country is imperilled from the beginning by the absence of a viable party system. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

End of time, prophecies, heresies and goulash soup!

November 22, 2011
End of time, prophecies, heresies and goulash soup!

I was driving down the New England thru-way on May 15th to visit a customer in Manchester, Vermont. Typically this is an event free drive with an occasional cop giving out tickets and growling about speeding but oddly satisfied that he/she has succeeded in nailing some “city scum.” Coming around the bend near Hartford, I almost stopped in the middle of the Freeway. Read more »

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Matiur Rahman

Stock market revival plan: Pragmatic or further perilous for investors?

November 21, 2011
Stock market revival plan: Pragmatic or further perilous for investors?

Bangladesh stock market has been in paralysis since December last year. The market continued to fall regardless of the economic fundamentals. The paralysis is the result of alleged massive market manipulation by a handful of well-connected and wealthy individuals. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

Top 10 public perceptions of the day (off the record though…)

November 20, 2011
Top 10 public perceptions of the day (off the record though…)

There is nothing like being part of a political adda. These addas provide ample content for reflection. These addas also reflect public perception. What are the top ten perceptions that haunt the common people today? Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

A year of “Becoming Bangladesh”

November 17, 2011
A year of “Becoming Bangladesh”

The Sun has already called it quits for the day. A gloomy drizzle dampens not just my head, but my spirit. Our November garden doesn’t need the rain, the killer Frost has come. All that is worth eating has been harvested. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

When is divorce good news? In incidents like Farzana’s

November 16, 2011
When is divorce good news? In incidents like Farzana’s

The recent news about a Bangladeshi woman, Farzana, who divorced her husband at the wedding ceremony after he and his family asked for dowry is a strange piece of good news for many of us. This woman showed guts and moral strength and did what millions have failed to do and many don’t do even now in other part of their life. Read more »

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Wasfia Nazreen and Devasish Roy Wangza

Welcoming Ban Ki-moon to Bangladesh: Loony musings

November 14, 2011
Welcoming Ban Ki-moon to Bangladesh: Loony musings

When the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon arrived in Dhaka on an official visit, his second to Bangladesh, he must have missed Bangladesh Tourism Board’s gallant advertisement “Smiling Indigenous Women of Bangladesh” in its shiny bright billboard at the international airport’s general lobby. The news stories on his arrival Sunday evening obviously did not highlight that he was hurried through the VIP section of the airport, thereby missing the sight. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Economic growth and the state of the economy

November 13, 2011
Economic growth and the state of the economy

Although economic growth rate gets undue weight in ordinary discourse, economists usually describe the macroeconomic health of a country by a number of macroeconomic indicators. These include investment, (un)employment, inflation, budget deficit, national debt, balance of payments, and international reserves. Read more »

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John Lloyd

What Berlusconi leaves behind

November 11, 2011
What Berlusconi leaves behind

He called himself the best leader in Europe, even in the world: but he was, by quite a way, the worst (in Europe at least: the rest of the world offers more competition). In part, this was due to the sheer force of his personality: Read more »

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