Rushanara Ali

Cancun summit, a Bangladeshi Mumtaz and what should we do?

December 21, 2010
Cancun summit, a Bangladeshi Mumtaz and what should we do?

As the latest UN climate change summit comes to an end in Cancun, Mexico, there is a feeling of optimism towards an agreement of a new fair climate fund to help poorer countries deal with a changing climate. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Mama Grizzly Bears — Sheikh Hasina, Sarah Palin, and the fishing trip

December 22, 2010
Mama Grizzly Bears — Sheikh Hasina, Sarah Palin, and the fishing trip

On this, the week of my 48th birthday, I ask that you indulge me a bit as I play one of my favourite games, “if I ruled the world” or this case, “if I had the ear of the Prime Minister.”

I’m currently a passenger in a car making the 90 minute drive from my house to New York City. I am the world’s worst passenger, so if this column seems disjointed, it is because I keep bracing for impact, hitting the invisible passenger-side break, and making pointed comments to my children on the dangers of tailgating, as my lead-footed spouse hurtles towards the city. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

1971: why India and Bangladesh should be mutually grateful

December 15, 2010
1971: why India and Bangladesh should be mutually grateful

The war in 1971 was a complex one involving several parties and groups.  At one level, it was the Indo-Pak war as two enemies slugged it out and India won defeating Pakistan. The surrender ceremony held at Dhaka has become an iconic event for Indian and Bangladeshis and a painful one for Pakistanis. Read more »

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M A Taslim

Off the mark: it’s not your money

December 20, 2010
Off the mark: it’s not your money

The acceleration of growth of national income of the country during the new millennium owes much to the large increase in inward remittances from its expatriate workers. These remittances have not only considerably raised the income of households, but also provided adequate foreign exchange to pay for our perpetual trade deficits and considerable foreign debt servicing obligations. Read more »

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Jyoti Rahman

Power crisis — some facts and figures

December 18, 2010
Power crisis — some facts and figures

While our politics is consumed by petty personal vendetta, the electricity crisis continues to pose as the biggest risk to our economy.  How did we get here? And what is the government doing about it? Let’s explore these questions with some numbers. Read more »

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Taj Hashmi

Towards understanding Islam in postcolonial world order — Part II

December 18, 2010

Islamism is not a new factor in Sudan. In 1881 Muhammad ibn Abdallah proclaimed himself the Mahdi or Messiah and declared “jihad” against Ottoman rule. The Mahdi, and after him his son Sadiq al Mahdi, ran a theocratic Mahdi State (1883-1898) in northern Sudan. Read more »

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Aly Zaker

The day closest to my heart

December 15, 2010
The day closest to my heart

I am writing this piece for our Victory day. By the time it gets published, it will either be the day we won our victory or the day have had come and gone by. But does it really matter? This day still holds the same place in our hearts as it used to 39 years ago. Read more »

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Matiur Rahman

Microcredit in Bangladesh: half full or half empty?

December 14, 2010
Microcredit in Bangladesh: half full or half empty?

Group-based microlending is not a new concept. Jonathan Swift inspired it in Ireland in 18th century. In the then East Bengal, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore (also a landlord) and Leonard Elmhirst (an agricultural economist) set up Rural Reconstruction Institute in 1921 Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Only faith can save the trees

December 13, 2010
Only faith can save the trees

Let me take you on a walk, as I describe the majesty that surrounds me, just a block from my home here in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. This forest, my classroom, my office, my grocery store, and my place of worship, was created by God’s hand. Read more »

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