Frank Domenico Cipriani

A mother for hard times: a Mother’s Day assignment for you all

May 9, 2011
A mother for hard times: a Mother’s Day assignment for you all

A 74-year-old doll with a broken leg sits on the bed at my sister’s house. It was given to her by my mother.

That doll is a real survivor, her tight-blond plastic curls impeccable and her embroidered dress, only slightly faded. The doll’s name is impossible for Americans to pronounce: GyĹ‘ngyi. Each phoneme of that name is as foreign to English-speaking natives as the story of her remarkable survival may be to most Americans. Read more »

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Zia Rahman

Feminisation of work in the era of globalisation: a process of undermining workers’ rights

May 8, 2011
Feminisation of work in the era of globalisation: a process of undermining workers’ rights

The gender composition of the labour force in the world has changed significantly during neoliberal globalisation. In addition to continuing participation of women in traditional sectors such as home working, participation of women in the paid labour force has been accelerated. Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

The mother sublime

May 7, 2011
The mother sublime

Every year around Mother’s Day, I find myself looking for films that portray most introspectively the concept of the mother. My all-time favourite is Soviet director Grigori Chukhrai’s Ballad of a Soldier (1959), an existential film about a mother’s love and yearning for his son, an adolescent Red Army soldier. Set during World War II, the film was less about war than about the anguish of a middle-aged woman, who just heard that her son had been killed and buried in a foreign land. Mothers, it seems like, have a peculiar propensity to whip up matriarchal reckonings during the times of war. Read more »

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Muhammad Habibur Rahman

Contemporising Tagore and the world

May 6, 2011
Contemporising Tagore and the world

According to some geo-political theoreticians we are on the west of the south-eastern shattered belt. Another shattered belt was identified in Eastern Europe. These shattered belts have reportedly witnessed maddening overflow of changes. We are on the east of the Aryabarta. The Aryans describe us as the fish-eating people talking in chirping language of the birds. Man does not rely on theories alone. In the worst of situation he tries to redeem himself. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Knowing the bad guys

May 6, 2011
Knowing the bad guys

The news is full of it. And that does not imply what it commonly does in everyday casual lingo, honest! I was actually speaking of the locating and killing of Osama bin Laden, which fascinating topic has been the focus of all and every television news channel, newspaper, magazine (when printing schedules permit) and conversation. As some bubble-headed Bollywood starlet tweeted, this even did its best to upstage the royal wedding, which everyone had been watching for a couple of days earlier. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Bin Laden and Pancho Villa

May 4, 2011
Bin Laden and Pancho Villa

We Americans have relatively short memories, history-wise. Monday morning, I awoke to the report that American Navy Seals had taken out Osama Bin Laden, the bad seed of the billionaire Saudi family. After the kids left for school, we went out to the diner for our Monday morning breakfast. Read more »

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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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