Living in America, it is easy to forget what wire news is like. Now so, more than ever before! Well, information and news have exponentially proliferated but our news sources are shrinking. What am I getting into? It is apparent that majority of the people in America rely on information from one to three sources. Should that be a problem? …Read more »
Summary of Syed Mafiz KamalSyed Mafiz Kamal (fondly known as Onik) is a graduate student at New York University's Center for Global Affairs. Alongside, he is the Executive Intern at the Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations and a Guest Blogger to Dhaka Tribune news agency in Bangladesh. Prior to graduate studies he was the Global Logistics Fellow at Friendship Ambassadors Foundation. He also acted as the Team Support for the first TEDxUNPlaza event. Syed is a Bangladeshi citizen. Syed completed his under-graduation in International Relations from Earlham College in Indiana. While in college he founded Arts For Peace, an organization aimed to integrate war-affected youth, in Sierra Leone, through art-making. In addition to his education in the US, Syed completed his earlier education in United World College in Hong Kong, Mayo College in India and primary education in Bangladesh. Syed has worked and volunteered in various projects in countries including Vietnam, China, Jordan, Thailand and Spain. Syed is a Davis Foundation Fellow. Syed speaks 6 languages. In his spare time Syed likes to paint and play soccer.
Those who are closely observing the situation in Syria will testify that it is not only a complex conflict of internal civil disorder, but it is now a “world problem”. The Syrian conflict has elongated for 2 years since it was sparked by the zeal of Arab Springs in summer of 2011. Before going any further I invite you to …Read more »
Globalization as we know today is a dynamic process. The concept that the world works as one unit may be an exaggeration taking the realities of global dynamics –such as contemporary conflicts & trade barriers- into consideration. Although, the push for international economic cooperation after WWII has stripped many nation-states off their sovereignty, it is safe to state that today …Read more »
Disclaimer: This Article is written by Rishi Jalan. It by no means reflects the opinion of Syed Mafiz Kamal “Onik”, the domain holder of this blog. Bio of Contributor: Rishi is a young enthusiastic analyst of public policy, Indian politics and South Asian regional affairs- especially Bangladesh. He is a student at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. He is a …Read more »
A long due apology by Bangladesh to it’s indegenous minorities in the Hills- contributed by Saif Kamal
AN APOLOGY from BANGLADESH to its MINORITIES in HILL TRACTS on the MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY Apology written by elder brother Saif Kamal I am sorry that we Bengalis did not protect the sovereignty of the Languages of the HILL TRACTS of CHITTAGONG. I am sorry that we killed their Language. I am ashamed that despite of we fighting for our …Read more »
A quick glance, given the recent world experience, at the pictures above may confuse a simple Joe for it to be Tahrir Square in Egypt. But then a thorough glance will make it obvious that it is in Bangladesh, given the visible Bangladeshi flag in one picture. February of 2013 has gifted Bangladesh, a nation rampaged by injustices and misdeeds, …Read more »
Policy-Makers at domestic, international and global stage are constrained by time and limited execution options. They have to choose and implement policies to meet their political goals, may it be to keep power of office or to keep the society functioning in a stable manner. Such constrains, especially, applies to the policy makers of Political Economy; in particular Political Economy …Read more »
The start of the new millennium has already witnessed many shocking events which indicate that the world will experience a change from the current political-economic order. The events worth naming are the War in Afghanistan, the Invasion of Iraq, the Global Economic Crisis and the Global War to Combat Terrorism and Extremism. The unchallenged global hegemon for the last 2 …Read more »
This article explores the complex situation and status that prevails with regards to international domestic workers and the social understanding about them in the Middle East. The research for this article comprises of my personal interviews with various individuals in Amman, Jordan and a collection of academic publications about domestic maids in various countries or in general in Middle East. …Read more »
Following are the blog contributions by Subroto Mitro. Subroto Mitro is a very highly experienced senior and a mentor to me. They are precious thoughts and stories to be treasured with personal emotional touch. Such narratives are dying out from the modern Indian & subcontinental society. They are food for thought for the youth. Subroto graduated from the same school …Read more »
As you read this post, the title of the post might come across as flashy. And admittedly it may be so. However the purpose is not to follow the title. The purpose of this post is to stimulate, relate and reflect to a notion that is very often experience but not critically put into perspective: the notion of identity in …Read more »
So, I was Facebooking and I came across a meme in my friend Aryak’s wall, which had a quote from Jiddu Krishnamurti, the well known Indian universalist philosopher. Here is the quote “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is …Read more »
Here is a Well summed up article by Project Syndicate on the whole rape culture saga and in general overarching male dominated society in India. What I like about argument here is that is very diligently articulated to reflect the stagnated male dominance society not just in India or South Asia but developing countries in general. It’s a good to …Read more »
In a recent 2012-end-of-year report by leading news agency in Bangladesh, Channel I, it has been reported that Bangladesh has experienced the most violent year in past decade. Ranging from continuing extra-judicial killing to attacks on minorities to political gang violence to treats to political stability, Bangladesh has failed to maintain peace in the society. So who is to blame? …Read more »
My Recent BlogPosts & Thoughts
- Broken “Breaking News”, RIP journalism: case USA, alert Bangladesh
- Help the Victims of Savaar. Support Rescue Efforts in Bangladesh Building Collapse Disaster.
- Syria: Is it a War Within?
- Globalization in Pre-European Indian Ocean Trade: Lessons for the Contemporary World
- Terrorism in India: Abject Failure of the State to Tackle – Contributed by Rishi Jalan