A few characteristics of contemporary capitalism

1. The great recession:

The inherently chaotic, crisis-prone nature of capitalism was a key part of Marx’s writings. He argued that the relentless drive for profits would lead companies to mechanize their workplaces, producing more and more goods while squeezing workers’ wages until they could no longer purchase the products they created. Sure enough, modern […]

By |March 2nd, 2014|Culture, Economics, Society|0 Comments

The Savar Massacre

The latest number of casualty from the Savar Massacre of 2013 due to the collapse of a 9-story building known as Rana Plaza (owned by Sohel Rana, a stalwart of the local branch of the Jubo League, an affiliate of Awami League which heads the current ruling coalition) exceeds 700 as of this writing! It […]

By |May 8th, 2013|Bangladesh, Economics, Human Rights, Politics|5 Comments

Behind the US Debt Crisis

(From the Perspective of a non-Economist)  

Everything gets complicated in the hands of the government. Which reminds me of some of the famous quotes from President Ronald Regan: “Government is not the solution, Government is the problem.” And “If someone says I am from the government and I want to help you, run from him as […]

By |August 12th, 2011|Economics, Education, Politics|1 Comment

The Firing Protocol

The Firing Protocol

(A short story)

By Adnan Lermontov

Dedicated to my paternal grandfather, Sheikh Afsaruddin


“Please have a seat.”

“Why? What’s happening?”

“I am eliminating you. It’s 4:30, so you have 30 minutes to pack and leave. Take whatever you can, and the rest will be […]

One more thing to forget (A Prose Poem)

One more thing to forget
(A Prose Poem)

It fell off the sack, on the way from the morgue to the graveyard. It was not a leg like ours. Ours were smooth, and soft, innocent. But that one had all the signs of being old, it had muscles that must have taken years to […]

If not they, then who?

Ripan Kumar Biswas

TIMOTHY F. Geithner, who is now secretary of treasury under the Obama administration, had to pay more than $43,200 in back taxes and interest for underpayments from 2001 to 2004 to get clearance from the Senate Finance Committee to occupy the then President-elect Barack Obama’s choice for treasury secretary.

To meet the transparency of […]

By |October 20th, 2009|Bangladesh, Economics, Politics|0 Comments

Grameen Bank – as I See it Waning.

During my recent visit of Bangladesh (May-June 2007), I observed dissatisfaction of one one-time organizer of borrowers in my own village. A tin-shed structure in his property specially constructed for meetings of the borrowers. This structure now appears like an abandoned house as he uses this to store cow dung and agricultural products and by-products […]

By |August 25th, 2009|Bangladesh, Economics, Education, Society|9 Comments
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