Frank Domenico Cipriani

The moral off switch

July 25, 2011
The moral off switch

I remember the exact instant I realised that my morality had an “off” switch. I was an administrator at a night school, which was in a dangerous neighbourhood. I stepped outside to take my break and enjoy the evening air. As I leaned against a wall, a man in his 30s approached me, and demanded money. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Nesbo’s Norway

July 24, 2011
Nesbo’s Norway

An extremist decides that multiculturalism is diluting Norway’s “pure” race and undermining its Christian character and so goes on a rampage. He belongs to a small group of fascists who cannot escape from the prison of Norway’s past and wreaks vengeance on those he considers responsible for selling his country’s soul to the unwashed hordes of immigrants, particularly Muslim immigrants. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Off the mark: Black economy and black money

July 23, 2011
Off the mark: Black economy and black money

During the penultimate hours of the final budget deliberations, where black money whitening was on the card, the Minister of Finance revealed a startling finding from a little-known study that between 45 to 81 percent of the GDP of Bangladesh is derived from black economy. Read more »

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Asif Farooq

A state in crisis

July 23, 2011
A state in crisis

Pakistan as a sovereign state is a geographic reality dictated by its boundary, but its internal and external strategic policy indicates that it is no less than a state in serious crisis. Furthermore, the identity that Pakistan as a country enshrines since its conception has become contorted as much as it remains an unfinished and fragmented cause. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

The new ‘Iron Lady’ comes to tea

July 23, 2011
The new ‘Iron Lady’ comes to tea

She came, she saw, she spoke and she conquered a few sceptics with her neat logic and undoubted enthusiasm. But Hillary Clinton’s main strength is perhaps her genuine interest in my country, India. She was here earlier this week, speaking of many issues that concerned not only India and the United States as friends and political allies, such as they are, but the subcontinent as a whole and its people in general. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

Why India is unable to extradite its most wanted men

July 21, 2011
Why India is unable to extradite its most wanted men

I won’t be surprised if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants to know why India so often fails to secure the extradition of criminals who slip out of the country. It is worth constituting a high-powered government panel to find out. Read more »

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Matiur Rahman

Decaying political duopoly in Bangladesh?

July 20, 2011
Decaying political duopoly in Bangladesh?

In simple terms, duopoly in microeconomic theory is a market structure with dominance of two rival firms contesting in the same market with differentiated products. Both firms compete to expand market share by lowering the unit prices that benefit consumers. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

A worthy son of Bangladesh

July 18, 2011
A worthy son of Bangladesh

On July 20, barring a pardon from the Governor of Texas, killer Mark Anthony Stroman will get the death penalty. I say, “Good riddance!” After all, the man seemed unrepentant, and even made obscene gestures at the victims’ families as he was being sentenced to death. Read more »

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MK Aaref

Haamlas, maamlas, and kaamlas (and a bit about aamlas)

July 17, 2011
Haamlas, maamlas, and kaamlas (and a bit about aamlas)

What played out on the TV screen during the recent hartal saddened me a lot. The languages exchanged between a sitting MP and the law enforcing officers were not becoming for either of them. This was not an Abhani-Mohammedan match. Read more »

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