Frank Domenico Cipriani

The artificial leaf

April 5, 2011
The artificial leaf

When dredging the news to write my article this week, I had bumper crop of items from which to choose: I could have written about the clash of Christian fundamentalism in The US vs. fundamentalism in Afghanistan. Certainly, this is a rich topic. That crazy preacher in Florida whose actions caused ripples that led to the death of ten people and the wounding of 83 others could have been an object lesson on the responsibilities that freedom of religion compel us to observe. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Why does AL-BNP resemble Fakhruddin-Moeen combo?

April 4, 2011
Why does AL-BNP resemble Fakhruddin-Moeen combo?

Fakhruddin-Moeen (F-M) bashing appears to be a favourite pastime of some who conveniently forget that at least for once the politicians had created such a situation that military intervention was impossible to avoid. BNP handled the caretaker government situation so bad that it ended up with Prof. Iajuddin as the president and the PM, a sort of a constitutional clowning rarely heard of while the AL produced street violence at an unprecedented level. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

No apologies, please!

April 1, 2011
No apologies, please!

It’s cricket season and crunch time, with the semi-finals showing who has the power to stay in the game and compete for the coveted World Cup. Bangladesh, unfortunately, crashed out some days ago, when South Africa beat the team quite comprehensively. As host of the opening game, the nation must have been devastated, but team captain Shakib Al Hasan could do little to change that, except for a simple apology. “Just sorry,” he is reported to have said. Read more »

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ABM Nasir

In denial: a scholar ignores overwhelming evidence of rape in 71

March 31, 2011
In denial: a scholar ignores overwhelming evidence of rape in 71

Allegation of rape and violence in war is extremely difficult to substantiate in the courts. Horrific news of rapes, based mostly on witness accounts, begins to surface only towards the end of a war. By that time, evidence (physical) commonly accepted in the civil courts would no longer be available. Perhaps, the absence of such evidence motivates the apologists of perpetrators, like Sarmila Bose, to deny any such violence. Read more »

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Lalon Sander

Nuclear power is not the way forward

March 30, 2011
Nuclear power is not the way forward

The tragedy of Fukushima has led to a flurry of activity in Germany: Within days, the coalition government of conservatives and liberals, known for its pro nuclear stance, temporarily shut down seven nuclear power plants and this past weekend hundreds of thousands of Germans took to the streets, demanding that all nuclear power plants be shut down forever. As it looks, four or five of the power plants the government has shut down will stay off the grid. Read more »

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Ishrat Firdousi

Sidhu, the overripe

March 29, 2011
Sidhu, the overripe

Botham had said the Tigers were ahead of the West Indies in the race for the quarterfinals. But Sidhu didn’t think so and said that both birds and cockroaches fly but cockroaches were not birds. Sure they are not. Birds they say are second hand evolving from dinosaurs and all that and that the other guys are a 900-million-year-old all weather and all terrain model still running perfectly and multiplying — also fully equipped to survive any Extinction Level Event including our own, manmade, nuclear holocaust. Read more »

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Aly Zaker

On the question of globalisation

March 28, 2011
On the question of globalisation

There is an increasing demand for making this world smaller and of late, the buzz word ‘globalisation’ is becoming ever so popular. While I subscribe fully to the core idea of globalisation, I am tempted to further the discussion by referring to some of my personal observations. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

March 28, 2011
Bismillah, and independence — the noble loneliness

I have read, with great interest, of the arguments for and against inclusion of ‘Bismillah’ in the Constitution of Bangladesh. It got me thinking.

I know a wonderful mild-mannered man. He is wise and grandfatherly. This friend of mine is at peace with himself, and to be in his presence is to experience joy. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Is reconciliation with Pakistan a realistic goal?

March 26, 2011
Is reconciliation with Pakistan a realistic goal?

I was recently in a conversation with Soraya Khan, the author of the Pakistani novel “Noor” which among other things describes Pakistani atrocities in 1971 in graphic details based on real life conversations with soldiers involved. It makes no excuses for the perpetrators but doesn’t demonise them and makes the conflict between a human being and his war crimes the focus of the work. Read more »

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