Afsan Chowdhury

Splitting Dhaka: A theoretical approach that makes sense only to dumb, fools and idiots

December 3, 2011
Splitting Dhaka: A theoretical approach that makes sense only to dumb, fools and idiots

So we have achieved Dhaka bhongo. Because it was so unexpected and unwanted and since people thought that there was no reason to do such a thing they are expressing their puzzlement. Many think the authorities should have been spending more time solving other pressing city problems instead of doubling it by creating another municipality. Read more »

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Julian Francis

Understanding and accepting ‘Persons with Disabilities’

December 2, 2011
Understanding and accepting ‘Persons with Disabilities’

My brother, James, who was born in 1943 with a genetic chromosomal abnormality, Down’s Syndrome, and who had a severe learning disability, died in 1999 in the UK as a result of negligence. He died of severe pneumonia because doctors who were treating him did not take the time and trouble to find out exactly what was wrong with him. Read more »

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Ziaul Hoque Mukta

Making the move for ‘Climate Refugees’

December 1, 2011
Making the move for ‘Climate Refugees’

Studies conducted at local and national levels, reports published worldwide and assessments by global organisations reiterate that Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries due to adverse impact of anthropogenic climate change. One of the crucial aspects of vulnerability that people of Small Islands and low lying countries including Bangladesh will have to contest is ‘displacement’. Read more »

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Faham Abdus Salam

They have occupied

November 30, 2011
They have occupied

It is utterly upsetting if not earth-shattering to me that regardless of whether it is popular or high culture, the “unfairer sex” is not celebrated in my country – at all. In the literary front there is a conspicuous bias towards women – to begin with. Flurry of poems sprang up from all corners imaginable, noted for what women are precisely not. And for the portrayal of our kind, there is Devdas, the quintessential sissy who cries his eyes out for a girl (even worse, for remorse and redemption)! Read more »

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Rubana Huq

I do? Or, I don’t? : The 21st century marriage myth

November 29, 2011
I do? Or, I don’t? : The 21st century marriage myth

A young man running on the treadmill next to me was violently testing his limits at the highest pace possible for 5 minutes and then ceasing the session to work with his dumbbells for the next 5 and then returning to the machine to resume his workout. Compared to him, I looked like a boring woman, beating her blues in a machine for a humble, slow 40 minutes. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Updating a picture

November 28, 2011
Updating a picture

In the interest of truth in advertising, it’s time for a new author pic. I remember my first author photograph, taken in 1987 by a man named Ernesto Monteavaro. To be photographed by Monteavaro was a great honour, since he’d been the official photographer of the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Sheikh Hasina’s cook’s rescued daughter and other children

November 26, 2011
Sheikh Hasina’s cook’s rescued daughter and other children

The news that Sheikh Hasina’s cook’s daughter has been saved and rescued from the brothel slums of Bombay is an enormously good and heart pleasing news. In these days of unheard sufferings of all kinds, one cannot but applaud this recovery of such lost people. Read more »

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David Rohde

Complete Egypt’s revolution

November 24, 2011
Complete Egypt’s revolution

For decades, the Egyptian military has operated an economy within an economy in Egypt. With the tacit support of the United States, the armed forces own and operate a sprawling network of for-profit businesses. The military runs factories that manufacture televisions, bottled water and other consumer goods. Read more »

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