Milford Bateman

Microcredit doesn’t work – it’s now official

September 20, 2011
Microcredit doesn’t work – it’s now official

The concept of microcredit — tiny microloans used to help establish or expand income-generating informal microenterprises — was for most of the last 30 years seen by the international development community to be the perfect self-help answer to poverty, unemployment and under-development. Read more »

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Subhan Choudhury

Libya uprising – an end or beginning of more misery?

September 25, 2011
Libya uprising – an end or beginning of more misery?

Muammar Gadhaffi era has ended. But what is the prize for dragging him down from power? Is this a humanitarian war? Is it to liberate the Libyans? Or is it for Libya’s 1.6 million barrels per day output of high quality crude oil? Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Can we ever be ready to die?

September 23, 2011
Can we ever be ready to die?

Disaster is a part of life anywhere in the world. And as one disaster follows the other, as it will inevitably do, people learn from the first and are better prepared to face the second. Or so anyone would presume. But things are not that simple. Read more »

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MK Aaref

All it takes is two minutes…

September 19, 2011
All it takes is two minutes…

The couch shook, and we ran outside. However it went on and on, reportedly for two whole minutes and yet seemed like forever. Caught in the upper levels of an apartment building, we got the feel of the swaying even more. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

The ex-chief justice, the ex-PM and that ‘ghoosh’ in the middle

September 15, 2011
The ex-chief justice, the ex-PM and that <em>‘ghoosh’</em> in the middle

Khaleda Zia’s allegation against the ex-chief justice Khairul Haque that he took bribes to pass the 15th amendment which ended the caretaker government system has caused great hullabaloo as expected. Leaders and politicians from both sides are making statements against each other adding a lot more heat. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

And terror knocks on our door…again!

September 13, 2011
And terror knocks on our door…again!

After 26/11, 2008, when ten terrorists came sneaking in to Mumbai and held hundreds of people and a whole city hostage, we promised ourselves that it would never happen again. We tightened our heartstrings, our belts and our security systems and battened down the hatches that had allowed the baddies to come sneaking into our turf. Or, at least, we promised to do so. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Understanding September tragedies

September 12, 2011
Understanding September tragedies

When I think back on the events of September 11, 2001, I find that I don’t have too much to say. I remember feeling isolated by the thought that in the great march of time and history, if this day were the worst for our nation, we should feel blessed. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

A perspective on the 9/11 attacks

September 11, 2011
A perspective on the 9/11 attacks

A week after the 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, my doorbell rang one evening. Gail, my neighbour and a devout Christian, stood apologetically, sorrow etched on her face. “I brought this for you,” she said. Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

Dhaka 2044

September 4, 2011
Dhaka 2044

Samayeen Cooper, a 14-year-old whiz kid from Boston, Massachusetts, was trembling with a great sense of anticipation! This was his maiden visit to the country of his grandparents, from his mother’s side. Read more »

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