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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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Furore over Eastern and Western parenting skills

January 23, 2011
Furore over Eastern and Western parenting skills

American media is abuzz with news of China these days. As President Barack Obama plays host to Chinese President Hu Jintao and both leaders agree to cooperate on various fronts, there is an undeniable undercurrent of unease and anxiety in America over China’s seemingly unstoppable ascendancy.

China’s economy is the envy of the world. In technology, particularly green technology, China’s progress has been astonishing. By testing a new generation of stealth fighters, China has informed the world that its military is keeping pace with its soaring geopolitical ambition. Read more »

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aladin

Stepping back from Grameen, Yunus and Bangladesh WikiLeaks

January 22, 2011
Stepping back from Grameen, Yunus and Bangladesh WikiLeaks

The basic tenets underlying good journalism can never be taken for granted, nor can they be reiterated too often. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Private moments

January 21, 2011
Private moments

There has been a great deal said and written about the whole notion of privacy today, especially with invasive – and potentially intrusive – technology like the Internet and mobile telephony. Read more »

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ANM Hamidullah

A make-believe crisis in the stock market

January 20, 2011
A make-believe crisis in the stock market

A number of newspapers recently reported that in the past few days, nationalised commercial banks and financial institutions have been actively buying in the stock market in order to “bring normalcy” to the market. Read more »

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