Commentary

From the Editor-in-Chief: Looming urban crisis

With its fast-paced economic growth and rapid expansion of its cities, Bangladesh produced an urban crisis, one that is marked by the lack of adequate infrastructure and growth management as well as by sharp social divisions that are starkly etched Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Beware the cancer that migrates

Khaleda Zia’s 92-day campaign of blockade and hartals have been counter-productive. The boomerang thrown by the BNP chairperson was targeted at Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ironically, the weapon did not hit its target but returned to Khaleda to strike her Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The UN at 70

On June 26th, 1945, the UN’s charter was adopted in San Francisco and the United Nations is 70 years old.  The first session of the General Assembly was convened on 10 January 1946 in the Westminster Central Hall in London Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Writer’s block and other thoughts

For many writers, “writer’s block” is like a glass of wine to take refuge in. They pause and think that’s how it’s supposed to be. But the writer within might have been trying to venture out on a new mission, Thursday, July 9th, 2015

From the Editor-in-Chief: A new low in Barisal

The almost frightening picture of institutionalised corruption, that emerged this week with the uncovering of a ‘bribe fund’ maintained by officers aspiring to rise the ranks of the Barisal Metropolitan Police, is enough to give anyone pause for thought, even Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Wheatgate or floodgate!

Are we in an unannounced competition for corrupt schemes? Last week’s news all around give such an impression. There is nothing new in allegations of corruption or improprieties in Bangladesh. The people of this country have learned to live with Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Khaleda recoups losses over iftar

Khaleda Zia is trying to pull her Bangladesh Nationalist Party back on track. She is using the Islamic ritual of iftar as a platform to regain the confidence of the party members and sympathizers. The fasting month of Ramadan is Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Did Taranco meet with Tareque Rahman?

A few weeks ago, Bangladesh’s ambassador to the UN dropped a clinker that went unnoticed.  He told a Dhaka newspaper that UN Assistant Secretary-General Oscar Fernandez-Taranco had met with BNP senior vice chair and bad-boy-in-exile Tareque Rahman.  He did not Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Racism is alive in America

On 17th June, 21-year old Dylann Roof, a white person, confessed to killing nine people at the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, sources told NBC News. Police say they believe the attack was a hate crime. Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Letter from a runaway bride

The movie, “The Runaway Bride”, is not far from reality. Starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, it’s a romantic comedy where the bride runs away from the alter several times, too scared to plunge into the mysterious “married” title. Few Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
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