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Wednesday January 17, 2018 09:34 AM



  • Facade of puritanism in our social culture

    Facade of puritanism in our social culture

    Exploitation of a woman by a teacher necessitates a candid discussion
    On the surface, we are supposed to be a religion abiding society, where women are modest and men are protectors of their chastity. That is the image we portray avidly but when a teacher is arrested for reportedly forcing sexual favours from over one hundred women and then releasing intimate moments recorded by secret camera in the market, the very notion of our so called puritan society crumbles.

  • Religion has never been the cause of violence

    Religion has never been the cause of violence

    Religion taught us to love one another when our empty bellies and empty wallets goaded us to fight one another Religion has never been the cause of violence. It’s been the only constant preacher of peace from the time we became conscious enough to desire the things our neighbours have and vicious enough to kill for them.

    The real reason for human rage is inequality. Religion just happens to be the preferred language of power-seekers who manipulate the appetites of the poor and disenfranchised. Yes, religion is used to manipulate us because it has power over us. It has power over us because it touches upon the primal, psychological core of humankind.

  • Fears for Zimbabwe economy after Mugabe rout

    Fears for Zimbabwe economy after Mugabe rout

    Mugabe has seized white owned and demanded majority ownership of foreign own minds

    Robert Mugabe’s apparent landslide election victory has prompted fears that Zimbabwe’s barely resuscitated economy is in for another bumpy ride.

    The full results are not yet in, but Mugabe’s triumphant allies have already vowed to redouble efforts to put assets into the hands of black Zimbabweans.

    “All resources must be for the benefit of our own people. We will no longer tolerate any exploitative relationship,” Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasaw said on Friday.

  • Why so embarrassed?

    One can question the arguments within the author’s book, its content and the author’s skills of writing

    I do not completely agree with the op-ed piece published on Tuesday, July 31, titled “Reza Aslan is angered by ignorance” by Mohammad Miraly. I do acknowledge its excellent content and the way it’s written.

  • The forbidden fruit

    I’m outraged. How long are we to sit back silently and be abused and used? What will offend us enough to rise up against the shameless food traders who are slowly poisoning us and charging a pretty penny for it? At what point will it be seen as a serious enough issue for any of our political leaders?

  • The new ‘trust-based’ economy

    The new ‘trust-based’ economy

    The 'sharing economy' shows us a good way to avoid consumerist excess

    A recent Thomas Friedman op-ed in the New York Times was dedicated to the topic of the ‘sharing economy’, a fast-growing phenomenon that has swept the world, especially North America and Western Europe, in the last few years. An innovation that was spurred by the financial crisis, it’s an interesting new economic model that is opening up new horizons in the consumer-producer relationship in the capitalist marketplace.

  • What Failed in Pakistan Won’t Work in Egypt

    Pakistan and Egypt are vastly different, but the Obama administration fervently embraces its Pakistani tactics in Egypt
    Amid violent clashes in Egypt, White House officials argued this week that the United States can't cut off its $1.3bn a year in assistance to Egypt. To do so would cause Washington to lose "influence" with the country's generals. Vital American security interests are at stake, they said, and keeping the torrent of American aid flowing gives Washington leverage.

  • What is the simple truth?

    Politics, inner-vigilance, and the search for the human heart

    How life can change in 32 years. I wasn’t exactly fresh-faced when I emerged from the depths of a PhD program at the University of Toronto, but I had managed to escape some of the worst of the ravages of self-despair that the experience of doctoral programmes often bring. It was in this spirit that I moved to Chittagong to be a professor of Political Science at the Asian University for Women in 2012.

  • What failed in Pakistan won’t work in Egypt

    Amid violent clashes in Egypt, White House officials argued this week that the United States can’t cut off its $1.3bn a year in assistance to Egypt. To do so would cause Washington to lose “influence” with the country’s generals. Vital American security interests are at stake, they said, and keeping the torrent of American aid flowing gives Washington leverage.

  • Israel-Palestine talks no fix for regional problems

    On Monday, the Obama administration announced that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had convinced Israel and the Palestinian Authority to sit down for negotiations for the first time in three years. Coming out of Monday and Tuesday’s meetings, Kerry announced a goal of working out a comprehensive peace agreement within nine months.

  • North Korea’s continued confidence

    Goose-stepping soldiers, columns of tanks and a broad array of ominous-looking missiles poised on mobile launchers paraded through Pyongyang’s main square on Saturday in a painstakingly choreographed military pageant intended to strike fear into North Korea’s adversaries and rally its people behind young ruler Kim Jong Un on the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

  • The power of stereotypes

    Once upon a time, there was a king, a benevolent king. He strived for the prosperity of his people, and sacrificed many an opportunity for personal gain, silently and without demanding credit. But in one exceptionally bad year of flood and famines, he was forced to raise taxes to finance a necessary war with a neighbouring kingdom.

  • Good terrorist, bad terrorist

    Good terrorist, bad terrorist

    Someone’s freedom fighters are still termed as terrorists by somebody else, and somebody’s terrorists are still called freedom fighters by others

    Whenever there has been violence, there has been terrorism. This is true of any country, since the beginning of history. However, the states across the world have always differentiated between terrorists: good and bad. When I don’t like a terror-monger, he’s bound to become a bad terrorist for me; but when a terrorist serves my interests, he’s surely a good one, whose means of terrorism can then be referred to as “counter-terrorism.” 

  • Mr President, time for ‘mission impossible’

    Who can take the initiative to create such a group? Here the role of the president of Bangladesh may be pertinent

    The political violence that has been taking place in Bangladesh over the last six months has been worse than any unrest since 1971. Both the Awami League and the BNP have adopted a “take no prisoners” attitude.

    For the man in the street there is no excuse or rationale for hartals and violence during the Holy Month of Ramadan. It gives rise only to anger and frustration.

  • Money matters

    Money matters

    Monetary policy, capital market and investment growth

    A friend working for a global cement producer asked me the other day – how important is the monetary policy announced by the central bank in Bangladesh? Knowing him, he must have asked this question having seen the headlines regarding Bangladesh Banks’ half yearly monetary policy.

  • Child labour in our households

    Child labour in our households

    The fight should begin with our under-age domestic workers. We must realise that these poor, helpless children spend their most important years in many of our households

    Widespread child labour is a malady for any society, regardless of its socioeconomic conditions. No child should suffer for his or her birth on the wrong side of the poverty line. Yet, thousands of children across the country work from dawn till late at night to make ends meet. They don’t have a choice in a nation where about 70% of the population still lives below $2 a day.

  • How long till the Jamaat ban?

    The prosecution of the International Crimes Tribunal has been preparing to try Jamaat as a criminal organisation for its role in the Liberation War – in light of the recent verdicts

    The High Court will deliver its verdict on Jamaat-e-Islami’s legality of securing the registration as a political party any day. The court ended hearings on the petition by June 12.

  • Reza Aslan is angered by ignorance (Video)

    Reza Aslan is angered by ignorance (Video)

    Can a Muslim write about Jesus without having his motivations questioned?

    “Half of the American people have never read a newspaper,” said Gore Vidal, who called his countrymen’s lack of education “the joke of the world.” Considering this, it seems excusable that Lauren Green didn’t know Muslims were allowed to write about Jesus.

  • Dutch plan falters at the first test

    Dutch plan falters at the first test

    Debacle in Nepal sends grim warning for football’s future
    A foreigner once told this writer his (astute) interpretation of the typical Bangladeshi weekend activity: gossip about politics! The outsider, who also happens to be a discerning social observer, discovered that while in the West, most people went to the club to work out or play some sport, in Bangladesh, all focus centred around possible political machinations.

  • Preventing fires caused by electrical short circuits

    Preventing fires caused by electrical short circuits

    Under no circumstance, should a novice or apprentice electrician be allowed to fiddle with the electrical distribution systems of a building

    An electrical short circuit is the most common cause of accidental fires in domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. Several recent fires in garment factories in Bangladesh drew the attention of the international media.

    Foreign garment buyers are becoming increasingly critical about the safety of garment workers in Bangladesh. Many of us are not aware that most accidental fires in buildings can be prevented if a few precautions are taken when wiring a building for electricity.

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