Matiur Rahman

Morbidities in Bangladesh stock market: Are they curable?

February 15, 2012
Morbidities in Bangladesh stock market: Are they curable?

In relative terms, the overall Bangladesh economy is faring well as compared to many developing countries during the period of ongoing severe global recession. Thanks to a low extent of international financial interconnectedness. Read more »

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Irfan Chowdhury

The East, the West and the in-betweens

February 12, 2012
The East, the West and the in-betweens

“East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” is a famous line from Rudyard Kipling‘s poem the ‘The Ballad of East and West’. I was frequently quoted this line in my youth, whenever I tried to emulate western lifestyles. Read more »

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Bernd Debusmann

Betting on Syria’s Assad staying in power

February 17, 2012
Betting on Syria’s Assad staying in power

In mid-December, the U.S. State Department’s point man on Syria, Frederic Hof, described the government of President Bashar al-Assad as ‘the equivalent of a dead man walking.” Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Sagar-Runi murder, our hypocrisies and the fetid waters of our lakes

February 16, 2012
Sagar-Runi murder, our hypocrisies and the fetid waters of our lakes

The murder of the journalist couple, Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi has shaken all of us. It is not that such crimes haven’t happened before but rarely have such victims been so close to us. Read more »

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Farida Akhter

Rio+ 20: How ‘green’ is Green Economy?

February 14, 2012
Rio+ 20: How ‘green’ is Green Economy?

This June in Rio de Janeiro, the world leaders are going to meet in a summit called Rio+ 20 to mark two important events of the last two decades; the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Read more »

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Rubana Huq

Politics of the apparent truths

February 11, 2012
Politics of the apparent truths

The country seems to be breeding the spoilt, the blind and the insane.

The latest report from the BSF has identified Yakub Ali, who is only 25, of Keragachi village, and Abdul Hamid, 30, of Sharsha of Jessore as criminals. Read more »

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Felix Salmon

Mark Zuckerberg and the case for a wealth tax

February 10, 2012
Mark Zuckerberg and the case for a wealth tax

The Economist has a cute chart in its latest issue, showing the net worth of the world’s richest men (and one woman), divided by their age. Warren Buffett has, on average, built just over $600 million of net worth per year of his life Read more »

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Manzurul Ahsan Khan

Recent events in the army and future of democracy

February 7, 2012
Recent events in the army and future of democracy

The Bangladesh Army briefing on January 19, 2012 disclosing the foiled coup attempt has clarified some of the confusion among the people. Media and the internet were rife with rumours and misinformation. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Minister Ashraf and the opportunity to talk nonsense

February 6, 2012
Minister Ashraf and the opportunity to talk nonsense

So there we go again, Minister Syed Ashraful Islam adding to the collection of brilliant quotes about life and death in Bangladesh. Nearly immortalised for saying that Indian border killings are minor matters, he has said that road deaths are accidents and one can do little about it. Read more »

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