It started as a carefree walk through New York’s Times Square to unwind after a long day. Then, far off in the background, I thought I heard sounds I hadn’t heard for years and not on this side of the planet. The pulsing of slogans, and high-pitched oratory that once seemed so impressive even if one disagreed, but which now represents sclerosis, fatigue and frustration.
But, that is back “home”, not here in New York, surrounded by skyscrapers and tourists.
Seated front Row from Left 1. Prime Minister of the Country 2. Foreign Minister of the country 3. Putul, Prime Minister’s daughter – a Canadian resident, 4. Sleeping Man, 5. Unidentified
Back row seated from Left 1. Foreign Secretary Mizarul Kayes 2. Unidentified, 3. Unidentified, 4. Unidentified
Q: Where is Bangladesh Ambassador to UN Abul Momen?
Simeen Hossain Rimi has been nominated by the Awami League to run for the seat her brother vacated. This prompted a discussion with ADB5, which is posted over the fold.
It was interesting to see that Khaleda Zia could manage a nearly hour long audience with newly appointed Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz during the latter’s visit. With King Abdullah’s deteriorating health, Salman is most likely to be the next King. Nayef was not going to make it too long as crown prince anyway. Everybody knew that.
But this is not surprising given BNP’s historical links with the Kingdom. What was surprising was Khaleda’s hour long chat with Clinton at her home. During government talks, Hillary even did not use the napkins provided by GOB. Apparently she brought everything from USA, even water bottles. In Government meeting with Hasina/ Dipu moni Hillary did not touch anything. But when Hillary visited KZ, she ate rosogolla, drank coconut water etc. Hillary is a master of body language. Continue reading
As the video shows, Tanjim Ahmed (Sohel Taj) has resigned from parliament, and effectively retired from politics.
Here is his ‘open letter’. Over the fold is a conversation among your friendly bloggers.