Irfan Chowdhury

An illusory comfort

November 28, 2012
An illusory comfort

How much is a life worth? Not much, if you happen to be in a developing over-populated region, where high unemployment pushes citizens, specially the unskilled and lowly skilled, to accept any jobs ignoring the perils embodied in these jobs. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

Price tag for murder

November 26, 2012
Price tag for murder

The owner of Spectrum, a factory that collapsed in 2005 resulting in 62 deaths has apparently been having nightmares for the last seven years. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Nishchintapur fire: When the state and the people choose to be impotent

November 26, 2012
Nishchintapur fire: When the state and the people choose to be impotent

One is never sure how many workers die or is killed in industrial accidents like the one that has happened in Nishchintapur, Savar. Read more »

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Syed Akhtar Mahmood

Regulatory surprises and the entrepreneurial spirit in Bangladesh

November 25, 2012
Regulatory surprises and the entrepreneurial spirit in Bangladesh

At first I thought it was a mis-spelling! But then, I did not expect this sub-district, the northern-most tip of Bangladesh, one half of the iconic phrase “From Teknaf to Tetulia” to have anything to do with my neighbourhood grocery in a suburb of Maryland, USA. Read more »

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Jyoti Omi Chowdhury

Risks and pay offs of American foreign policy in Burma

November 23, 2012
Risks and pay offs of American foreign policy in Burma

Recently, the newly re-elected US president Barack Obama visited Burma, which has been the most run of the mill rouge states in this region for a long time. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Voting on the Lunatic Fringe

November 22, 2012
Voting on the Lunatic Fringe

The Lunatic Fringe of the political spectrum is my favourite hang-out. This month, my nation re-elected a president whose emotional range in tone of voice rivals that of Stephen Hawking. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

Private sins, public punishments

November 21, 2012
Private sins, public punishments

A four-star general falls from grace. The American media is buzzing with “The Petraeus Affair” (as this latest sex scandal is dubbed). The empty-headed Talking Heads are breathlessly talking about what a horrible scandal it is Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

Proactive environmentalism

November 20, 2012
Proactive environmentalism

One fine day in September I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in Washington, DC. He spoke most eloquently about the ways BRAC sought to change the fate of the poor in Bangladesh. Read more »

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A. R. Chowdhury

Justice delayed, justice denied

November 19, 2012
Justice delayed, justice denied

The ugly spectre of war criminals in our community is creeping its way back onto the national agenda. Efforts to hold some of the perpetrators of war crimes in 1971 accountable continue today Read more »

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