Syed Akhtar Mahmood

Regulatory surprises and the entrepreneurial spirit in Bangladesh

November 25, 2012
Regulatory surprises and the entrepreneurial spirit in Bangladesh

At first I thought it was a mis-spelling! But then, I did not expect this sub-district, the northern-most tip of Bangladesh, one half of the iconic phrase “From Teknaf to Tetulia” to have anything to do with my neighbourhood grocery in a suburb of Maryland, USA. Read more »

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Jyoti Omi Chowdhury

Risks and pay offs of American foreign policy in Burma

November 23, 2012
Risks and pay offs of American foreign policy in Burma

Recently, the newly re-elected US president Barack Obama visited Burma, which has been the most run of the mill rouge states in this region for a long time. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

Voting on the Lunatic Fringe

November 22, 2012
Voting on the Lunatic Fringe

The Lunatic Fringe of the political spectrum is my favourite hang-out. This month, my nation re-elected a president whose emotional range in tone of voice rivals that of Stephen Hawking. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

Private sins, public punishments

November 21, 2012
Private sins, public punishments

A four-star general falls from grace. The American media is buzzing with “The Petraeus Affair” (as this latest sex scandal is dubbed). The empty-headed Talking Heads are breathlessly talking about what a horrible scandal it is Read more »

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Adnan Morshed

Proactive environmentalism

November 20, 2012
Proactive environmentalism

One fine day in September I had a wonderful opportunity to listen to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in Washington, DC. He spoke most eloquently about the ways BRAC sought to change the fate of the poor in Bangladesh. Read more »

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A. R. Chowdhury

Justice delayed, justice denied

November 19, 2012
Justice delayed, justice denied

The ugly spectre of war criminals in our community is creeping its way back onto the national agenda. Efforts to hold some of the perpetrators of war crimes in 1971 accountable continue today Read more »

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Masud Khan Shujon

Act now: Steps towards greater engagement

November 18, 2012
Act now: Steps towards greater engagement

“Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile”-Abu Bakr.

We know our problems; we sometimes feel helpless and hopeless when facing them daily. Read more »

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Prashanta Tripura

On tolerance and diversity

November 16, 2012
On tolerance and diversity

The International Day for Tolerance, observed on November 16, is meant to promote tolerance, i.e. “respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures Read more »

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Mushfique Ahmed

A prize for literature or political reality?

November 15, 2012
A prize for literature or political reality?

This year’s Nobel Award in Literature, no doubt, points to a shift for the Swedish Academy. Was it a change of heart? May be; or perhaps, they decided to go off the script for a realistic change. Read more »

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