April 30, 2017

Bangladesh: An African Path to Prosperity?

An evening in Dhaka Bangladesh. (Photo by mariusz kluzniak, CC License)

Whether Bangladesh succeeds in meeting its challenges will depend on its ability to improve its infrastructure and tax collection, its willingness to deal with governance and corruption, and to deepen economic inclusion. Few would, on the record of the last 20 years, bet against it. Read More »

Bangladesh Transforms Despite its Vicious Politics

Bangladesh's feuding Begums -- Khalida Zia and Prime Minister Hasina Wajid.

The past 25 years have seen astonishing and unexpected transformations in social and economic welfare. Unless something extraordinary happens, Bangladesh looks to be headed for a political transformation involving the decline of at least one political dynasty. Read More »

Bangladesh: Joining the Saudi Coalition Would be a Bad Idea

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohmmad Bin Salman Al Saud announcing the military alliance of 34 Islamic countries. (Photo via video stream)

Joining the Saudi coalition is an awful idea that can bring tidal waves of retaliation killing to Bangladesh in the process. Every moron and their nephew will now open a Da’esh franchise in Bangladesh, warns one analyst.. Read More »

Living with Unsafe Water in Dhaka

Children collect water in Kallyanpur, one of Dhaka's urban slums.
(Photo by Kibae Park, Creative Commons License)

Contaminated tap water puts millions at risk in Bangladesh’s capital because of the city’s vast network of damaged underground pipes and lack of waste disposal. Read More »

View from Bangladesh: The Hindu Dilemma

The main Hindu temple in Dhaka. (Photo by Joe Coyle, Creative Commons License)

India’s recent decision to let Bangladeshi Hindus stay there indefinitely has made many people happy, but the move raises some tricky questions. Read More »

Solar Lamps Make Big Money for Bangladesh

(Photo by Joydeep Gupta, via thethirdpole.net)

Bangladesh is the first country to get UN climate funds to install home solar energy systems in villages off the electricity grid. Read More »

Religious Extremism on the Rise in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi police fighting Islamist protesters in Dhaka. (Photo from video stream)

Militants from at least two Bangladeshi banned outfits may be preparing for attacks in the country, including targeted assassinations. But Dhaka lacks a dedicated counter-terrorism response. Read More »

Bangladesh’s Freshwater Crisis Intensifies

Washing and drinking in old Dhaka. (Photo by David Brewer, Creative Commons License)

With freshwater sources destroyed after Cyclone Aila in 2009 and increasing salinity due to lack of flow in rivers, coastal Bangladesh is facing an acute drinking water crisis with women the worst sufferers. Read More »

View from Bangladesh: Hullabaloo in the Maldives

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom is blamed for much of the turmoil Maldives has seen in recent months. (Photo by Mahinda Rajapaksa, Creative Commons License)

One Bangladeshi analyst believes that political upheaval and government’s authoritarian actions in Maldives have caused rise of Islamic conservatism,  a politically influenced judiciary, militarization of the police, close collaboration with China, and increasing harassment of migrant workers. Read More »

Bangladesh’s Fading Democracy

Bangladesh has seen unprecedented increase in political violence since Prime Minster Hasina Wajid was reelected in an election, widely seen as fraudulent.

Bangladeshi people are showing signs of frustration with political leadership that is preoccupied with mud-slinging. They are losing trust in state institutions. Stuck in political limbo, they have no higher authority to turn to. This in turn encourages third parties to fish in troubled waters. Read More »