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Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English and economics. He was born and lives in Dhaka, ‎Bangladesh. He has contributed to AXIS OF LOGIC, ENTER TEXT, POSTCOLONIAL ‎TEXT, LEFT CURVE, MOBIUS, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, and other publications. ‎He is also a freelance journalist. He and his wife love to tour Bangladesh. ‎

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Rupert Brooke: poet, warrior, and shahid, From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The Linnet and the Leaf Ingroup-outgroup hatred is easily generated. In fact, "-social psychologists have generated it again and again in laboratories. Demagogues know how to manipulate our deepest emotions and anxieties to create hostility. They take us back to our pre-civilisational past, when we lived in compact groups, fearful of others outside and clinging to those inside.
Pori Moni, Bangladeshi actress, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 19, 2019
Unholy Sonnets Donne wrote his Holy Sonnets at a time that was infused with God. Perhaps more, or less, wise than before, we live in what appears a God-forsaken world. Hence these Unholy Sonnets.
John Locke, slave trader and philosopher of liberty, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 4, 2019
Asian Values Asia and Europe have had divergent historical trajectories, with the slavery-freedom distinction absent"- or prominent"-, respectively. Asian culture stresses collective harmony over individual difference, and is remarkably free of ideology (which, when imported, ha"-s"- had unfortunate consequences).
Pravda told the 'Truth', From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 15, 2019
Mendacity in Bangladesh Thanks to colonial hangover, western foreign policy and our own avaricious ambition, mendacity has become entrenched in Bangladeshi political and social life. No lie is too prodigious to whitewash the pathologies of democracy on both sides of the Indo-Bangladesh border.
Another 2 burned to death during hartal by the opposition, From InText
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 10, 2019
Huxley, and the Meaning of Words The meaning of a word resides in the rules for its use in a way of life. Meaning amputated from a way of life becomes merely a word. This is the finding of Wittgenstein and the Sapir-Whorf thesis. It implies that one cannot translate between languages, nor transplant a word to another society that must necessarily be incapable of understanding the meaning. Words are portable; not ideas. Democracy is such a word.
The pen is mightier..., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 30, 2019
Verses of Violence Since the democratic transition of 1990, people in Bangladesh have been burnt alive, beaten to death, decapitated and disarticulated -- without a murmur from the populace. These poems reflect the descent into less than animality in Bangladesh. They all recount true incidents.
Burmese Days, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 9, 2019
The Club "Outgroup favoritism" is the term used by social psychologist Jim Sidanius to refer to the deference shown by members of subordinate groups to those of dominant groups. He gives the example of Uncle Tomming in the segregated South. But outgroup favoritism was, and is, common in South Asia, where the British ruled for 200 years.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Bangladesh, and the Lucifer Effect - The Allure of Toxicity: A Situationist Explanation of the Evil in Bangladesh The question of evil in comtemporary political psychology is explained in terms of dispositions or situations. Dispositionists maintain that people have inherent tendencies to act the way they do, while situationists emphasize that circumstances cause bevaviour to go off-track. The current evil in Bangladesh must be explained using the latter methodology.
greedy pigs, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 7, 2018
Of Pigs And Believers Ideologies seem to polarize people into pigs and believers: those who are in it for the "-perks, and those who are really in it, the fanatic. This was true of Russian Communism - "-as historian Richard Vinen tells us - as it is for democracy in Bangladesh (and elsewhere). "-Here, the locals are in it for the cash and the (western) kudos."-
YasserArafat, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 13, 2018
In Memoriam; Yasser Arafat On the 14th anniversary of the passing away of Yasser Arafat, we look back on the days before and after his death.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Carthago Delenda Est John McCain once proposed 'A League of Democracies'. The man has passed away, but ideas seldom die. It is a peculiar feature of Western nations to try and mould the world in their fashion. Even the great John Milton was guilty of the same.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 27, 2018
The Capital of Suffering: Reflections on the Exploitation of Misery The exploitation of suffering is a hallmark of nationalists. They play up some misery, and play down others - at their convenience. Resurgent Bengali nationalism in Bangladesh means a resurgent and selective celebration of misery.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 11, 2018
My Language The nation-state experiment has failed in South Asia. Time to look for alternatives.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 5, 2018
The Age of Fundamentalism Bangladesh risks becoming a fundamentalist Muslim country if free and fair elections are held.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Burmese Days The flight of Muslim refugees into Bangladesh from Burma has seriously dented Aung San Suu Kyi's image. She has refused to voice any sympathy for these people.
Education and its fallacy await him, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Fallacy of Education Take a youngster and fill his head with unreal ideas and you can call it education. This has been the fate of economics.
Jhumpa Lahiri, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 28, 2012
The External Proletariat The Roman Empire had its internal as well as external proletariat -- the latter were the Germanic tribes, which finally overran the Western empire. Today, the third world plays the role of the external proletariat -- and the African-Americans and Native Americans that of the internal.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 15, 2012
9/11 Recalled In Bangladesh In Bangladesh, we dream of the Green Card and the blue passport: we never stop to think what miserable lives our Palestinian brothers and sisters live, thanks to the country that holds out the aforementioned card and passport.
Vercingetorix, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 12, 2012
Vercingetorix and Doofus Dignity Vercingetorix was the leader of the Gauls who dared to rebel against the mighty Roman Republic. Irrational? Sure, but also dignified. The pursuit of dignity often entails the irrational. But we in Bangladesh are no "doofuses" like the great Vercingetorix -- we are rational, and without an atom of self-respect or dignity.
A Garo Woman, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 26, 2012
The Ethnocidal Civilisation Ethnocide -- culture murder -- has been the repeated behaviour pattern of western civilization, as testified by Alexis de Tocqueville. The culture is not content with mere conquest: it must control the very thoughts of those conquered.

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