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‘The most complete human being of our time’

Ernesto Che Guevara was murdered in the Bolivian village of La Higuera on October 9, 1967. Caught a day earlier by Bolivian soldiers in the jungles near the village, 13 days into the siege he and his fellow guerrillas had Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Achar, moshla, mishti

Imagine the Bangladeshi parents coming to their children in the USA. The house waits, when are the suitcases going to be opened?   Out comes the “had-to-have” things from back home by the daughters or the sons. Packets of turmeric, coriander, chili, Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Caught with habits

I have a couple of recipes, hand-written with detailed measurements. I flip through all of them, excited to taste a coming dish, but am confused. I did not write the names of the dishes. They had many ingredients. The one Thursday, October 1st, 2015

History . . . distorted, battered, bruised

A difficulty with the Awami League is that it sometimes goes into the business of suppressing, if not distorting, history. When some time ago Sharmin Ahmad came up with a work on her father Tajuddin Ahmad (Neta O Pita), many Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Championing the Earth

Sheikh Hasina’s winning the UN environmental award ‘Champions of the Earth’ is a new feather in her cap. However, this sort of news about our current premier is not new on us. It’s known that Sheikh Hasina has a lot Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Master of all she surveys

Several years ago, a Bangladesh prime minister was addressing a press conference at UN headquarters.  The PM’s clever media chief was well aware of his boss’s weakness – shaky English and even shakier knowledge about policy issues.  So, he planted Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Politics … the miraculous and the predictable

Come to think of it. The world, despite the increasingly shrinking frontiers it is being pushed into, remains a rather interesting place. Britain’s Labour Party has just elected the old-fashioned socialist Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader. You might be Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Life with clogged arteries

If you want to embark on a journey through Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, you should think twice or get mentally ready for a shock. There is every possibility for you to get stuck somewhere at some point anytime. Take for example what Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Bangladesh and the quest for global peace

Peace is the antithesis of war and violence. Where there is war, there is no peace and vice versa. Although the quest for peace has always been the avowed goal of an individual or a group in human society, it Thursday, September 17th, 2015

It took a toddler’s death for us to wake up

Three-year-old Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi wearing tiny shoes was found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum on 2nd September, shocking the conscience of the community of the world and at the same time depicting the deplorable Thursday, September 17th, 2015
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