Ramya Sarma

Rooted in reality

February 4, 2011
Rooted in reality

Once upon a time in India, reality came outside the box…the idiot box. Today, it is all about star value, gimmickry, cheesy plotlines and money, always money, lots of it. And it all happens right in your home, your living room, perhaps your den, your bedroom, wherever you happen to have your television set placed. Read more »

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Rumi Ahmed

Municipal polls — an analysis

February 3, 2011
Municipal polls — an analysis

The recently concluded municipal elections highlight the current trend of Bangladesh politics, and add to the debate on the possibility of fair elections under ‘partisan’ governments.

Before going into the messages the voters sent and what our democracy can learn from the process, let us give an overview of the results and other political issues relevant to this election. Read more »

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Arshad Mahmud

Egyptian turmoil highlights US dilemma

February 3, 2011
Egyptian turmoil highlights US dilemma

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians now protesting in Cairo and Alexandria appeared more emboldened than ever in their resolve to oust President Hosni Mubarak.

Indeed, the televised speech that Mubarak made on Tuesday evening promising not to seek another term appeared to stoke the protesters’ rage even further. “Get out now”, was their overwhelming response to the dictator. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Young Arabs have crossed the Rubicon

February 1, 2011
Young Arabs have crossed the Rubicon

“I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.” Read more »

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Shafik Rehman

From Wikileaks to Hillaryleak

February 2, 2011
From Wikileaks to Hillaryleak

On 28 November 2010, website Wikileaks and its five international associates, namely, The New York Times, The Guardian, EI Pais, Der Spiegel and Le Monde, began to publish serially “Secret US Diplomatic Cables”. Worldwide repercussions followed and world politics looked a bit different. The US government was embarrassed. Information published by Wikileaks were considered to be true. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Becoming Bangladesh: sleeping with a mosquito

January 31, 2011
Becoming Bangladesh: sleeping with a mosquito

I have to admit it. Since I started writing for bdnews24.com, I have gauged the reach my articles have enjoyed by the number of facebook shares that appear next to the headline. I also count the number of responses generated. On the basis of these two statistics, I decide what to write about next. Read more »

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Asif Saleh

Losing the plot with Meherjaan

January 30, 2011
Losing the plot with Meherjaan

There are times when in the middle of posturing and profiling, we lose sight of the big picture. Arguing for a ban on the movie Meherjaan is one such moment.   Those who were asking for a ban, or who are happy that its distributors have pulled down the curtain on the film, forget that a very dangerous precedence is being set — tow the line of an ‘acceptable’ narrative in your creative pursuit or perish. Read more »

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Haider A Khan

Egypt — what’s next?

January 29, 2011
Egypt — what’s next?

The recent events in Egypt have unsettled the media pundits and Western academic advisers alike. After all, how can the recipient of the largest amount of US Foreign Aid in the Arab world and a close US ally be in such dire trouble politically from within? Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Blasts and more

January 29, 2011
Blasts and more

The bomb that went off in an airport in Moscow killed 35 people. By any reckoning, it is not a huge figure considering the fact that casualties of terrorism have been numbered in thousands in the not too distant past, but it is, obviously, painful and devastating for both the victims and the world. Read more »

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