‘Obama effect’ vis-a-vis Bangladesh

Sadeq Khan
By classical military definition, the winner in a battle is the army that remains on the battlefield when the battle is over. The Hamas leadership in the Gaza strip still stands, suffering and resisting over three weeks of savage attacks, carnage and ruination by the mighty Israeli war machine.
Israeli writer and peace activist Uri Anvery commented in Counterpunch, January 19 issue: “The planners of the war (in Gaza) chose the timing with care: during the holidays, when everybody was on vacation, and while President Bush was still around. But they somehow forgot to take into consideration a fateful

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Nepal proceeding towards a republic

Shamsuddin Ahmed
Nepal is undergoing significant changes. Maoists, who came to power through an election last year, have recently adopted a political declaration to turn the country unto a people’s republic in line with China. They have started unification of left parties. Communist (Unity Centre) merged with the Maoist on Tuesday (January 13) and Masal Group was integrated few days ago. Renamed as Unified CPN (Maoist), the party now feels stronger.
Meanwhile, a Chinese team visited Kathmandu this week to discuss construction of a dry port at Larcha on Tibet border, opposite Tatopani in Nepal, at a cost of US$ 12.5 million. It is expected to reduce

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Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet: Gutsy but risky

Commentary
Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet: Gutsy but risky
Mahfuz Anam
She promised to surprise us with her choice of the cabinet, and she did. Though the media was able to get some predictions right but generally speaking she outwitted us all. Not only in choosing the individuals but equally in giving them portfolios, Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina showed a boldness and a spirit of moving away from the trodden path that is rare in our politics. However, in her ‘thinking out of the box’ she has also taken some very serious risks that can make or break her

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Sheikh Hasina’s acid test

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Sheikh Hasina’s acid test
Mahfuz Anam
The first cabinet will give the clearest sign of her promised change
Two recent elections have been fought on the promise of ‘change’ — Barack Obama’s in the US and Sheikh Hasina’s in Bangladesh — and both of them received resounding endorsement from the electorate and both now have the potential of transforming the politics of their two countries. The similarity can go further if Sheikh Hasina chooses her cabinet with the same circumspection and

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Why the AL won and the BNP lost the election-2008

COMMENTARY
Why the AL won and the BNP lost the election-2008
Mahmud ur Rahman Choudhury
God forbid that I be considered pro or anti anyone. I have to start on this apologetic tone because things are so polarized in Bangladesh that people tend to see everything in black and white ignoring the shades in between and the other 5 bright colors of the rainbow but for my own sake and for the sake of my readers, I cannot remain blinkered and have to see things in Panasonic colors. This analysis of the crucial 2008 election is meant to throw up certain issues which both the political parties and the public need to be aware of, if our progress towards democracy is to remain unfettered

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What the political parties are promising us: Pros & Cons

Commentary

Mahmud ur Rahman Choudhury

All eyes and minds are riveted on the politics of the Country with the major political combines of BNP and AL in a tizzy over the upcoming polls. BNP and AL have issued their manifestos on 12 and 13 December respectively, promising everyone every conceivable and some inconceivable things too. Well, it remains to be seen how many of these promises will be fulfilled but if the past is any guide, right after the ceremonies are over it will be business as usual, meaning that there will be a government but little governance and there will be a parliament but little democracy.
Before going into a discussion of the pros and cons of the election manifestos, it is necessary to mention that the BNP and AL are mass political parties, the oldest ones in the Country, well attuned to the times and the demands, hopes and aspirations of millions of people of this Country. It ought therefore, to come as no surprise that both these parties would address the major issues with which

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Strategic investment can cure economic ailment

TURNING RECESSION INTO REWARD
Strategic investment can cure economic ailment
M. Shahidul Islam.
A hybrid brand of ‘National Socialism’ is back in disguise as the governments everywhere is stepping into economic management of matters that have hitherto been under the purview of the private sector.
That does not mean the Hitlerism is back, but it does prompt one to wonder if there is something called independent economic policy making in the offing, like the sovereign foreign policy of nations, so to speak.
May be, although the very thought of a sovereign economic policy can not be envisioned without

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