The country is now devastated due to the floods. In this
national crisis, our political leaders have shown their
true colours. In front of cameramen and news reporters they
have promised to provide relief and support to the poor,
but once the cameras stop rolling, they walk away without
a second glance. Politicians are great at convincing people
of their good intentions, but I do not see proof that any
steps are being taken to do something. What kind of example
are they setting for our countrymen?
in my Bloodstream
I am tired of reading articles in SWM about the bad effects
of marijuana and comparing it to other hard drugs. In Bangladesh,
marijuana is simply overrated and youngsters are made to
believe that marijuana is as addictive and as terrible as
other hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Unlike hard
drugs, marijuana is not physically addictive and it has
medical uses as well. I hope the editor will publish an
article in the magazine, which talks about the effects (both
good and bad) of marijuana and let the readers decide what
is good or bad for them from a neutral scientific article,
instead of an article written to exploit people's emotions.
Up the Good Work
It's good to see quite a few newspapers are now available
online from Dhaka. I have been reading (at least quick eye
balling) The Daily Star for a while. SWM is really
fun to read. I like In Retrospect, Tribute, Trivia,
Dhaka Diary and most of the other features. I think
you will serve a large number of your readers well if there
is a ' religion' section. Keep up the good work.
How Can We Be Proud
I think Naome Syed is being far too pessimistic. We all
know that our politics is corrupt and the education system
is battered. Terrorism is rampant in our society, poverty
still prevails and democracy in our country has become ludicrous.
I am frustrated but not pessimistic at the moment. We can
see lots of countries around the globe that have reached
the peak of prosperity from the edge of limbo. We have a
rich history of fighting for our country, which means we
are able to fight our destiny and change our fate. We need
unity. Our politicians need to be prudent and they must
be made answerable for their actions. I hope one day we
will be able to boast about our own country.
I really enjoyed reading the Perceptions article "(Religion
as a Fig Leaf for Racism: The BNP is now Riding a Wave of
Respectable Islamophobia)" in SWM's August 6th issue,
by Jeremy Seabrook. Although the article was from a purely
British perspective, it affects us because it shows how
people are reacting to Muslims all over the world. It is
sad that there are close-minded people -- especially those
who are acting as a political unit -- who feel that they
need to persecute people due to differences of religion
and race. It is also a relief, however, that there are people
"on the other side" -- meaning people who are
white or non-Muslim, such as Jeremy Seabrook, who are open-minded
enough to see how destructive these actions are, and are
willing to speak out against them.
in my Bloodstream": Definitely Hard Drugs and NOT Marijuana!
I think the above mentioned article was written more from
passion than from scientific facts. First of all, marijuana
is NOT physically addictive. It is only psychologically
addictive, meaning if a regular user suddenly stops smoking
marijuana his/her body won't miss it, although he/she might
miss the high and feel the urge to smoke more. The writer
also said that he lost his appetite, which is very surprising.
Marijuana users almost always report increased appetite
and terminal cancer and AIDS patients are sometimes recommended
marijuana because it increases appetite and reduces nausea.
Places near DU (especially Katabon area) have a reputation
of selling spiked marijuana. The writer is probably psychologically
addicted to marijuana and physically addicted to the small
amount of heroin, cocaine or whatever else they use to spike
ganja. Like an addiction to playing video games,
marijuana addiction is a mental thing. If the writer still
feels the urge to smoke marijuana I suggest that he go see
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