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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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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