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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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2018 My Language
The nation-state experiment has failed in South Asia. Time to look for alternatives.
(3 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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 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 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.