Hasan Zillur Rahim

The meaning of Bin Laden’s death

May 3, 2011
The meaning of Bin Laden’s death

Justice must be served because, unlike revenge, justice is a moral imperative. Without justice, there can be no peace, no progress and no closure.

With the commando raid in Abbottabad that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, there is now a sense of closure, not just for the families of the victims of 9/11 attacks but for Muslims as well. Read more »

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Rubana Huq

Hosting Osama…

May 3, 2011
Hosting Osama…

The entire neighbourhood of Agarpur is talking about the dead body that has just shown up on their shore. It’s well wrapped in an unstitched piece of white cloth with the hair well hidden and the empty sockets that once hosted the eyes. A small boy of six years of age discovered the body while deciding on a dip in the waters himself. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Osama is dead, but is the world safer?

May 2, 2011
Osama is dead, but is the world safer?

Thirteen years after declaring war on America, Osama bin Laden is dead at American hands. In an operation run by American forces deep in Pakistan and next to its Military Academy, Osama died resisting. His son and few other relatives also died in the operation. Much of the world will heave a sigh of relief as a man who had made killing innocent people in the name of his fight for religion almost a practice is gone. He died in the way he had lived, by guns. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Royals in the mist

May 2, 2011
Royals in the mist

Dawn is still an hour away, and I am already camped at my observation post, the glow of my monitors are my only light source. I observe, very quietly, and open to a clean page in my notebook. I adjust my camera views and prepare for another day of observation and analysis. In my perch, I am safe. I am not bold enough to enter the cavernous enclosure in which these magnificent creatures will amass. Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

The BGMEA Tower mystique

May 1, 2011
The BGMEA Tower mystique

The recent saga of the BGMEA Tower is no less an epitome of our national narrative. Read the 15-storey building’s brief and immodest history and you get an illuminating window into our judicial quandary, inefficient urban governance, incoherent environmental policies and, of course, the inexhaustible culture of influence-peddling. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Wedding wows

April 29, 2011
Wedding wows

It is being called the wedding of the decade. But then they said that about another wedding that happened many years before, in 1981, when Lady Diana Spencer married Charles, heir to the throne of the British empire. On April 29, today, her first son, Prince William of Wales, married Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey. And, we hear, that it all took so long to actually come about (ten years since the happy couple first met in 2011) because the two of them wanted to be absolutely sure that they would remain a happy couple indeed and not live separate and unhappy lives after a few seasons together as man and wife. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Wael Ghonim and people power

April 28, 2011
Wael Ghonim and people power

Wael Ghonim is the 30-year-old revolutionary who helped harness the power of social media to mobilise Egyptians and hasten the downfall of Hosni Mubarak.

Addressing Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area on a recent visit, Ghonim reflected on his experience and on the unfinished revolutions currently sweeping the Arab Middle East. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Liquidity: is there a shortage?

April 27, 2011
Liquidity: is there a shortage?

Liquidity has become a controversial public issue in recent months. Commercial banks claim that they are suffering from severe liquidity crunch. Business people, especially those associated with the stock market, echo the same view. The central bank of the country (Bangladesh Bank), on the other hand insists that there is no shortage of liquidity in the economy. Ordinary people are left wondering which group is telling the truth. Actually, both are – from their own perspectives. Read more »

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Wasfia Nazreen

No god, no refuge, no New Year for the indigenous of Bangladesh

April 26, 2011
No god, no refuge, no New Year for the indigenous of Bangladesh

Water drenched, tropical sweat-soaked while celebrating Songkrant festival just north of Chiang Mai, Thailand, my phone started getting clogged with alarming news coming from the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Another arson attack, another settler versus indigenous clash and henceforth more deaths, another authority-backed violent incident in our country, another media outcry that doesn’t tell all the stories. Read more »

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