Kayes Ahmed

Pyramids, “idolatry” and the Salafis

January 27, 2012
Pyramids, “idolatry” and the Salafis

Back in the Middle Ages, AKA, 1987, I had my first glimpse of the pyramids. The pyramids of Giza took my breath away, literally. This was after I have been through the Valley of the Kings and the Luxor ruins and um, the lightshows! Nothing came close to the pyramids of Giza. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Off the mark: Monetary contraction at variance with growth target

January 17, 2012
Off the mark: Monetary contraction at variance with growth target

After a few years of relatively easy monetary policy, Bangladesh Bank (BB) seems to have finally clamped down on monetary growth. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Gay rights: A father’s perspective

January 24, 2012
Gay rights: A father’s perspective

Two weeks ago, I was invited to “like” a Facebook site called “Gay Rights for Bangladesh”. I clicked on the link, and have been following it ever since. It made me think of how change is the one constant in history, even as it relates to our individual family stories. Read more »

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Rainer Ebert

Bangladesh’s invisible minority

January 24, 2012
Bangladesh’s invisible minority

Babu and Arif have been friends from childhood. They went to school together, played on the same cricket team and had no secrets – except one, but only until recently. While they were out having phuchkas at a street stand somewhere in Dhaka, Arif suddenly slipped into an awkward silence for a couple of seconds. Read more »

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Edward Hadas

The social market economy

January 26, 2012
The social market economy

Capitalism is the name people give to the way the modern economy is arranged. Now that Communism has been discredited as an economic system, there seems to be no real alternative. But the word is misleading. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

Borders of blood

January 22, 2012
Borders of blood

Apparently they fire “criminals violating border norms”, said the BSF DG in 2010.

These incidents are normal, happen all the time and the state has no serious concern about this, says the LGRD minister of the ruling party. Read more »

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Asif Farooq and Hira Siddiqui

Pakistan – hedging democracy with the generals

January 21, 2012
Pakistan – hedging democracy with the generals

In the latest development in a series of political upheavals, the so-called democratic government of Pakistan has opted for a head-on collision with its strong military leadership. The ties between the two power houses began with the Memogate scandal in which the former Pakistani Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Goodbye Toronto. Hello Dhaka, once more

January 20, 2012
Goodbye Toronto. Hello Dhaka, once more

I thought this would not happen again but once more I am on the move. After nearly 5 years in Toronto I am moving back to Dhaka. The reasons are many but all these happened in a matter of a week when my daughter declared that she wanted to return to Dhaka. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

Komor shokto hobey — a culture of co-dependence

January 18, 2012
<em>Komor shokto hobey</em> — a culture of co-dependence

A couple of months ago, I was visiting New York City. I used to live there at one time and now I simply get in and get out as fast as I can. This time an old friend of mine who is a high-up in the UN (United for Nothing) asked me to come over for dinner. Read more »

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