Kayes Ahmed

Marriage in the days of ISIS and SCOTUS

July 5, 2015
Marriage in the days of ISIS and SCOTUS

The arc of moral universe is long but it bends towards justice” is an immortal quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. That Arc finally bent towards justice when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made Gay Marriage the Law of the land.  The Christian Right (I am also sure religious fundamentalists of all shades) has been on a warpath to deny the LGBT community the basic human rights that are accorded to rest of us who live in the US. The protests are shrill and defiant but it is unlikely that these protests will have any impact on the eventual full implementation of Gay marriage in the US. Read more »

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Rifat Munim

The calculated silence on the killing of bloggers

July 4, 2015
The calculated silence on the killing of bloggers

These are dark times. So dark that forces more medieval than those in the Middle Ages are trying to hurtle us back into a place where nothing grows except the seeds of intolerance; so dark that the people who have been entrusted to protect us from those forces are in fact bowing down to them. Read more »

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David Dante Troutt

For America, real progress achieved nearly by accident

July 2, 2015
For America, real progress achieved nearly by accident

A couple carry an American flag and a rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride parade in New York June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
It is tempting to look for signs of America’s direction in the late June ritual of reading the U.S. Supreme Court’s most momentous decisions of the term. Last week’s rulings in support of marriage equality, fair housing and Obamacare would suggest that on fundamental issues of daily life — the equal status of all love, the idea of housing as a link to life chances and the opening of access to healthcare for millions — the United States just took a giant step toward updating the constitutional principle of liberty with dignity. Read more »

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Rupak Bhattacharjee

Domestic politics delays signing of the Teesta deal

July 1, 2015
Domestic politics delays signing of the Teesta deal

Despite achieving breakthroughs in several areas of India-Bangladesh relations during the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic June 6-7 visit to Dhaka, both the countries are yet to resolve the most contentious bilateral problem—the Teesta. It has emerged as an emotive issue in Bangladesh where political elites, foreign policy experts, media, and the public expect the upper riparian country India to come up with a mutually acceptable water-sharing formula at the earliest. Read more »

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Zeenat Khan

Cuba: On a different wavelength

June 30, 2015
Cuba: On a different wavelength

Pico Iyer, a seasoned travel writer with his multicultural upbringing and known for his extraordinary insight and compassion,wrote in his novel Cuba and the Night:‘The great thing about being in Cuba was that you could just screen out the rest of the world, forget everything you knew, and take a break from America. The hardest thing about being there was that when you left it, the whole place disappeared from view, and it was almost as if you’d dreamed it. Hundred percent blackout.’ Read more »

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M A Taslim

Mr. Muhith’s budget: Spending out of the rut

June 29, 2015
Mr. Muhith’s budget: Spending out of the rut

Mr. AMA Muhith has secured his place in history. For a seventh year in a row, the finance minister has performed the ritual of placing Bangladesh’s national budget – a feat no other predecessor of the octogenarian politician could achieve. During this long period he has raised the budget expenditure from BDT 1016 billion (actual) to BDT 2951 billion (budget) and the revenue earnings from BDT 795 billion to BDT 2084 billion in nominal terms. Expressed in real terms the increase would of course be more modest. Read more »

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Nadia Choudhury

The personal is political

June 28, 2015
The personal is political

I am a 21st century slave. I am given a slave name by my owner. Science is used to say I am less evolved. Theology is used to keep me from owning property. Biology is used to see me as a vessel where the rights of my body are not my own. I could be a Negro before the Civil Rights Movement, I could be a Jew before the Second World War, for I am enslaved, subordinate and still a second-class citizen struggling for my rights all the same, even today, over a century after I won my right to vote. Read more »

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Subir Bhaumik

Cricket victories reflect larger resurgence of Bangladesh

June 26, 2015
Cricket victories reflect larger resurgence of Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s back-to-back win in two ODI cricket series against Pakistan and India within two months is no flash in the pan. And this does not prove just its emerging cricketing prowess.
It is a manifestation of the all-round progress that South Asia’s youngest nation has made since Henry Kissinger sneeringly called it a “basket case” after its birth through an “ocean of blood” in 1971. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

I forgive you

June 24, 2015
I forgive you

I just want everyone to know that I forgive you“.

So said Nadine Collier, the daughter of 70-year old victim Ethel Lance, in an emotion-choked and electrifying victim statement, when confronted with the evil of Dylann Roof.

She went on, “You hurt me, you hurt a lot of people, but I forgive you”.

This little runt of a man (a skinny misguided kid really) executed 9 people in a church after participating in an hour-long prayer and bible study. Read more »

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