Wasi Ahmed

Are we on the same boat?

Are we, really ‘on the same boat’, or are we “all in this together”? With unemployment rates skyrocketing across the globe, hundreds of millions scraping by to feed their children, multitudes of nameless and hapless families chugging along without access to proper healthcare, subsisting on hope and prayer so that they may survive the scourges …

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Covid vaccine race

So, it is apparently an unholy competition. Health experts have warned that political posturing could harm efforts to boost public confidence in covid-19 vaccines at this critical time. The challenge now is to get the political will together to protect all those at risk and bring an end to the global pandemic.   It is …

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Who cares for stateless Rohingyas?

The massive numbers of refugees who fled to Bangladesh in 2017 joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who had fled Myanmar in the past. Kutupalong, the largest refugee settlement in the world, according to UNHCR, is home to more than 600,000 refugees alone.   The Rohingya crisis — the most terrible humanitarian disaster in South …

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Why is the media ignoring Julian Assange?

Observers feel that the Assange case creates a precedent that threatens freedom of the press in Britain and elsewhere. If Assange is extradited, then any journalist who publishes information that the American authorities deem to be classified, however well-known or harmless it may be, will risk being extradited to face trial in America.   Isn’t …

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The onus is more on trade to energise economies

Many economists, also outside the WTO, warn that the notion that less interdependence makes economies more resilient is wrong: autarky in food and other essentials would make countries more, not less, vulnerable to the economic consequences of localised crises such as droughts, hurricanes and earthquakes. Supply chain diversification, a more reasonable objective, would be better …

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Deported ex-pat workers take the brunt: Bangladesh scenario

What is alarming for the returnees is the utter lack of assurance whether they, even after a long time lag, can get back to work in those countries — in post-Corona times. While rehabilitating the economies would be the prime concern of the host countries — that too, with cautious spending, jobseekers from Bangladesh might …

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