M A Taslim

Deficits and liquidity

June 1, 2011
Deficits and liquidity

After a long spell of robust balance of payments surpluses, the economy seems to have fallen back to the old habit of running deficits. The overall balance of payments deficit, according to one forecast, will be about one and half billion dollars this fiscal year, and is likely to increase further next year. While deficits are regarded as bad news for the economy for many reasons, a major task of Bangladesh Bank (BB), i.e. controlling money supply, will be ironically made easier. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

At the poet’s table

May 30, 2011
At the poet’s table

I will betray a secret to you, Dear Reader. Perhaps as the result of this betrayal I will frighten away the ghostly protagonists and never again experience the wonder of what I witnessed at the New Moon this May.

A few weeks ago, my book, “Learning Little Hawk’s Way of Storytelling” was delivered to my doorstep by the UPS man, that constant bringer of joy, that Santa Claus in a brown suit. We are friends. We frequented the same Karaoke bars when we were in our late 30’s. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

War crimes tribunal: revenge, fair trial or a big mess?

May 30, 2011
War crimes tribunal: revenge, fair trial or a big mess?

Even before the trial has begun, the war crimes tribunal is threatening to become controversial. Partly because many are reading politics in the trial process while there are international concerns that the legal regime governing the trial is inadequate. Some are worried that the prosecutors may not have gotten their acts together as far as admissible evidence collection and appropriate prosecution strategy goes. More anxiety may follow. Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

Ahmad and the unskilled labour market

May 28, 2011
Ahmad and the unskilled labour market

I was returning to Washington from a whirlwind trip to Bangladesh. When I boarded the plane in Dhaka, I found myself sitting next to Ahmad, a 23-year lad from a little village called Nalakhala in Faridpur. He came to Dhaka a few days ago for his trip and stayed with his sister in Kalyanpur, where his brother-in-law is an imam of a local mosque. Shy-looking and petit, Ahmad was talking to his mother over the cellphone. I listened intently. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

Protective instinct of ordinary people is Mamata’s USP

May 26, 2011
Protective instinct of ordinary people is Mamata’s USP

I gave Mamata Banerjee a good close look when she bent down and hugged Mahasweta Devi minutes before she was sworn in as chief minister. The Magsaysay-award winning author sat in the front row with Amla Shankar, Pranab Mukherjee and P. C. Chidambaram. From my vantage point in the second row, I scanned Mamata’s chubby face glowing with happiness as she embraced Mahasweta and greeted others with a very deferential namaste. Read more »

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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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