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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Shamaruh Mirza

Scientists vs. economists?

January 27, 2011
Scientists vs. economists?

Climate change is a scientific fact, and the effects are seen everywhere, from Australia to Bangladesh .

The United Nations climate conference at Cancun in Mexico was held at the end of 20102, 3. Do the decisions taken at the conference respond adequately to the urgent threats from human activity? Read more »

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MK Aaref

Mr. Medici, wherefore art thou?

January 27, 2011
Mr. Medici, wherefore art thou?

Why is there such a dearth in public philanthropy in the arts? I am not saying that the rich of Bangladesh are parsimonious scrooges in the flesh. They are not. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

A Letter to India…

January 25, 2011
A Letter to India…

Dear India,
Recent killings of children in both the United States and Bangladesh have moved me. When I can’t wrap my mind around what can happen in this world, the order and structure imposed by verse can help clear my mind. Therefore, I have enclosed a poem at the bottom of the write-up. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Shiraj Shikder, Mujib, Taher, Zia: Bangladesh’s blood parade truth still unknown

January 23, 2011
Shiraj Shikder, Mujib, Taher, Zia: Bangladesh’s blood parade truth still unknown

The intervention of the court to find out what really transpired that led to the hanging of Col. Taher is welcomed. It is significant not just because Taher was a man of history with many followers and admirers but also because his death is still shrouded in mystery. Read more »

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Shafik Rehman

Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

January 24, 2011
Opinion polls and municipal polls: error vs. reality

Two daily newspapers, Prothom Alo and Daily Star, published the results of two opinion polls on 6 January 2011. Both the newspapers published summary of the polls on the front page. Full reports were published with graphics in tabloid sized special supplements.  Municipal polls to elect mayors and councillors were to be held on 11 January. Naturally, two opinion polls published only five days prior to municipal polls were due to attract interests of political parties, candidates, workers, supporters and of course, voters. The municipal elections were held between 11 January and 18 January. Read more »

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