Maha Mirza

The democracy of “who is a better Marxist in Bengal”

May 24, 2011
The democracy of “who is a better Marxist in Bengal”

Hindustan Times has given full ‘Marx’ to Mamata, for finally being able to kick out the Marxist zombies, and for putting an end to the 34 years of stagnation of Left rule. The Economist has branded the ‘comrades’ as the “vanishing communists of India”. The overtly keen ones have simply called it the “final end of reds”. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

From real to reel – life goes to the movies

May 27, 2011
From real to reel – life goes to the movies

In 2006, Bangladesh found itself in the international media spotlight, for all the right reasons. One of its well-known citizens, Muhammad Yunus, an economist and one-time professor of the subject, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work, which also shared the honour: the Grameen Bank, an institution that provides small loans to people on or below the poverty line who have no collateral to use for credit from other banks that lend money. Read more »

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Meer Ahsan Habib

Is Obama trying to bring democracy in Libya by shredding the US Constitution?

May 25, 2011
Is Obama trying to bring democracy in Libya by shredding the US Constitution?

To begin with, let us look back December 20, 2007 when the then Senator Barack Obama said “the president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

The world didn’t stand still…

May 24, 2011
The world didn’t stand still…

On Saturday, May 21, I spent the last day on earth as I spend so many of my days. I was stuck in traffic. I was driving to a party for my niece. The Last Day on Earth was full of springtime flowers, temperatures that favoured a nice swim, but not so hot as to prevent those of us who reached the party from dancing. The last day on Earth was spent, as every day on earth should be spent, celebrating life, inside a warm, caring circle of family and friends. Read more »

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International Crimes Strategy Forum (ICSF)

Stephen Rapp: Of misconceptions, unrealistic expectations and double standards

May 22, 2011
Stephen Rapp: Of misconceptions, unrealistic expectations and double standards

The United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Mr. Stephen Rapp first arrived in Bangladesh on 10 January 2011 at the invitation of the Bangladesh government. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

All news is good news

May 21, 2011
All news is good news

It is amazing how clichés can be fiddled with and made to fit the occasion…any occasion. Take my title for this piece, for instance. For the last week, I have been trying to get the brand new website that my team has been working on seen and talked about, using any and every means at my command – ruthlessly, with Machiavellian cunning and without being squeamish about it all. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

The Grameen affair: time to learn lessons and move on

May 18, 2011
The Grameen affair: time to learn lessons and move on

The present phase of the Grameen affair has now ended with the official probe report in and Yunus ousted from his post as the managing director. The probe report has cleared Yunus of all theft and misappropriation charges. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

State-sanctioned murder: India’s secret policy

May 16, 2011
State-sanctioned murder: India’s secret policy

It is Sunday morning. No one is around. The house is uncharacteristically quiet. The only sound in the room is the cascading of the water from our fish filter. I am unused to the quiet. I find it disconcerting, maybe even a little scary. Silence can be frightening. I surf to the news coming out of Bangladesh. Read more »

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MK Aaref

In need of our own Baron Haussmann

May 15, 2011
In need of our own Baron Haussmann

The city of Paris always had a major fascination for me from an early age. Those customary pictures of my parents in front of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc D’Triomphe, it was always a city of Titans for me….no ‘gullies’, broad boulevards, monuments galore, a city of astronomical delights and also the city of lights, a perfect picture-postcard city. Read more »

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