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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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(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.
(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.
(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.
Mrong ladies in traditional garb, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 8, 2012
On Clothes And Modernity The mantra of modernity, as progress, has to be debunked. The word has no meaning and is responsible for all manner of evil.
students burn vehicles, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 6, 2012
Permanent News A great poet described poetry as news that stays news. I hope these 8 poems on political violence in post-democratic Bangladesh - especially the murder of young politicians by themselves - remain permanent memorials.
Bangladesh stockmarket riots, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 29, 2011
CRIMES OF FINANCE: The Pyramid of Bangladesh On the two occasions that the Awami League has come to power, its proteges have engaged in share market fraud with impunity. This shows the patronage system of government masquerading as a democracy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 8, 2011
Democracy Good, Demos Bad This is a satire on democracy, especially as it is practiced and perceived in third world countries like Bangladesh, where it is a sick joke.
Clouds above Khagrachari town, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 3, 2011
Horace In The Hills Spurious, but deadly, nationalism in Both Bangladesh and among its hill people in the south-ease has claimed lives - and continues to do so after a bogus peace treaty.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 19, 2011
Ochlocracy Events in the Middle East and elsewhere are being increasingly shaped by the crowd. Since the French Revolution, the crowd ha emerged as a legitimate force, not always with happy consequences.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 20, 2010
Democracy: The Historical Accident The forum polity -" democracies and republics -" owes its origin to two major accidents in human history: accidents that were unique to the western world, and which, indeed, created western civilization in contrast to the others, which were all palace polities.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 2, 2010
To Dance Upon The Air Five former army officers will hang within the next few weeks in Bangladesh, raising deep questions about a people's right to protection from a tyrannical executive in the context of John Locke's political philosophy.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 3, 2009
THE QUEENSBERRY RULES OF DISCOURSE "The worse your logic, the more interesting the consequences...." Most of us would do well to make these words of Bertrand Russell part of our portmanteau of guiding maxims. There are few things more comfortable or seductive than the absence of reason, and among them the most everyday cushion and charm are provided by the informal fallacies catalogued in part here.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The Dual Dictatorship Western donor governments, especially America, have created civil wars in several Muslim countries by imposing democracy: in the next few months, Bangladesh will probably be added to the list.

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