Adnan Morshed

Arial Beel’s Versailles moment

February 8, 2011
Arial Beel’s Versailles moment

I have to acknowledge that I felt deeply conflicted about the proposed airport project at Arial Beel.

On the one hand, in the age of globalisation and global mobility an airport is after all the de facto gateway to a country. That crucial first impression is made at the airport. The poorly designed and stinking toilets at the Shahjalal International Airport take on, sadly, a kind of national character. If Bangladesh has an image problem, it tends to begin at the antiquated luggage-retrieving belts of the Dhaka airport. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Windshield or rear view mirror: an American motorist’s view on Bangladesh elections

February 7, 2011
Windshield or rear view mirror: an American motorist’s view on Bangladesh elections

In about a week, my daughter, at age 17, who has already clocked hours at the controls of both gliders and small motorised aircraft, will face her greatest challenge: she will take the road test that will qualify her to hold a driver’s license. When my daughter is in the air, I feel reassured. You can move in three dimensions, forward, always forward. No traffic can impede your progress, no drunken maniac can swerve across the line to plow you down. For her, however, the test’s most daunting requirement is the one thing that flight instruction never prepares you for: driving in reverse. Like so many young forward-looking teenagers, she finds driving in reverse the greatest challenge of all. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Meherjaan controversy: It’s not about the film, but about us and our history

February 6, 2011
Meherjaan controversy: It’s not about the film, but about us and our history

The film ‘Meherjaan’ depicting a Bangladeshi woman’s 1971 experiences including a relationship with a Pakistani Baloch soldier has caused great controversy. Reading the reactions, it becomes obvious that it’s not about the film good or bad, but about us and our collective history, sometimes read as facts and sometimes as myths.

This post is not about a film which I haven’t watched yet, but about the 1971 history which I am familiar with. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Rooted in reality

February 4, 2011
Rooted in reality

Once upon a time in India, reality came outside the box…the idiot box. Today, it is all about star value, gimmickry, cheesy plotlines and money, always money, lots of it. And it all happens right in your home, your living room, perhaps your den, your bedroom, wherever you happen to have your television set placed. Read more »

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Rumi Ahmed

Municipal polls — an analysis

February 3, 2011
Municipal polls — an analysis

The recently concluded municipal elections highlight the current trend of Bangladesh politics, and add to the debate on the possibility of fair elections under ‘partisan’ governments.

Before going into the messages the voters sent and what our democracy can learn from the process, let us give an overview of the results and other political issues relevant to this election. Read more »

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Arshad Mahmud

Egyptian turmoil highlights US dilemma

February 3, 2011
Egyptian turmoil highlights US dilemma

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians now protesting in Cairo and Alexandria appeared more emboldened than ever in their resolve to oust President Hosni Mubarak.

Indeed, the televised speech that Mubarak made on Tuesday evening promising not to seek another term appeared to stoke the protesters’ rage even further. “Get out now”, was their overwhelming response to the dictator. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Young Arabs have crossed the Rubicon

February 1, 2011
Young Arabs have crossed the Rubicon

“I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn’t steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.” Read more »

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Shafik Rehman

From Wikileaks to Hillaryleak

February 2, 2011
From Wikileaks to Hillaryleak

On 28 November 2010, website Wikileaks and its five international associates, namely, The New York Times, The Guardian, EI Pais, Der Spiegel and Le Monde, began to publish serially “Secret US Diplomatic Cables”. Worldwide repercussions followed and world politics looked a bit different. The US government was embarrassed. Information published by Wikileaks were considered to be true. Read more »

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