George Floyd: 8 minutes and 46 seconds

When civility leads to death, Revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries of peace will rain down, And when they do, they will land on deaf ears, Because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back. ~Colin Kaepernick, May 28, 2020 In 2016, American football player, Colin Kaepernick peacefully […]

Bangladesh And Covid-19: A Disaster Within A Disaster

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but those who watch them without doing anything,’ ~Albert Einstein The government of Bangladesh seems to have no other choice but to reimpose a lockdown in order to quell the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The need for a second lockdown arises greatly due […]

Lives Or Livelihoods: Evidence From The Spanish Flu

The past is never dead. It’s not even past,” wrote William Faulkner. I think of this line as I continue to study the last great influenza pandemic to devastate the world, foreshadowing 102 years ago, the devastation of our current pestilence, COVID-19. Yes, as my medically trained friends point out, one cannot take the similarities […]

The United States, Trump And The Pandemic

According to the noted American linguist, political commentator, historian and philosopher, Noam Chomsky, the coronavirus pandemic could have been avoided altogether. He notes that among the western countries, the worst at handling the crisis were the United Kingdom and the United States.

Human rights groups urge Bangladesh to restore Rohingya refugee camps’ internet

Human rights campaigners have urged Bangladesh to restore mobile internet connections for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in crowded camps, arguing that people there need access to information amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 50 organizations, including London-based Amnesty International, appealed Thursday in a joint letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after Bangladesh reported […]

The Impact Of Covid-19 On The Bangladesh Economy

“COVID-19 is likely to have significant impacts on the Bangladeshi economy because it comes at a time when several major indicators of the economy were already in a downward slope. Before the pandemic, economists warned that the country’s “macro economy was under pressure more than at any time in the past ten years.” The government’s denial of […]

How the US is mishandling the pandemic crisis

March 26, 2020, marked the day from which the United States officially began to see more coronavirus cases than anywhere in the world, surpassing China and Italy. This disaster in the making was, unfortunately, predictable. It was a train wreck waiting to happen. Since the beginning of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have […]

The US Electoral College is flawed

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.“ ~President Abraham Lincoln The U.S. presidential electoral process is a very lengthy, rigorous and costly one. With a diverse population of over 327 million and a multitude of racial, social, cultural and religious backgrounds, an election essentially becomes a methodical process of inclusion, collecting as many demographic and […]

No one will ever be free as long as there are pestilences

So wrote Albert Camus in his great novel, The Plague, and so we are learning its truth as we cower in our shelters from the Coronavirus, spreading the Covid-19 influenza that grips most of the world. We are certainly not free. I and my friends and family, as well as most Americans and it seems a […]

As the Afghan peace process gets underway, reality eclipses magic

Two weeks ago, as we awaited the signing of the US-Taliban Agreement which intends to ignite a peace process in Afghanistan, I wrote of the magic realism in general of US foreign policy and specifically in the agreement about to be signed. The agreement was signed on February 29 in Doha and is now available […]