Habibullah N Karim

CYBERNAUTIC RUMINATIONS

August 5, 2019
August 5, 2019

Searching our souls for national unity

This epic refrain of Fakir Lalon rings around our collective South Asian conscience every time people of one religious identity inflicts mindless violence on the people of other faiths, like Hindus...

July 31, 2019
July 31, 2019

America in search of an enemy

Roberto Goizueta, the legendary CEO of the Coca Cola Company, once said that to thrive every business must “get an enemy.”

July 22, 2019
July 22, 2019

What graduating out of LDC status means for Bangladesh

It is indeed a seminal event in the history of Bangladesh that the UN last year declared Bangladesh eligible to step up to a developing economy from being a Least Developed Country (LDC). Of course...

March 27, 2019
March 27, 2019

White supremacists, western civilisations and eastern migrations

In 1889, Rudyard Kipling crowed: “Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” But the East and the West have been mingling even before his time and forever afterwards.

March 11, 2019
March 11, 2019

Financial independence: Luck or habit?

With 12.9 percent of our population still living in extreme poverty and nearly 10 percent of the global population living below the lower poverty line, financial independence is a distant dream for...

February 18, 2019
February 18, 2019

Can robots and humans co-exist peacefully?

One of the biggest civilisational questions dangling in the air is when will machine intelligence overtake human intelligence.

February 12, 2019
February 12, 2019

When the network is as slow as the traffic

Going from a meeting in Gulshan to another in Motijheel one day earlier this month, I spent nearly two hours on the road which is quite common these days in Dhaka's traffic.

January 22, 2019
January 22, 2019

Dysfunctional superpowers on both sides of the Atlantic

The greatest spectacle in the life of the US president—the annual State of the Union Address before a joint congress—is now uncertain as the continued non-essential-services shutdown of the US...

November 18, 2018
November 18, 2018

What we can do to keep the train of democracy on track

Emocracy works only if people who have the right to vote can exercise that right without fear or favour.

October 29, 2018
October 29, 2018

Curse of the sedentary lifestyle

Since my wife bought me a Fitbit Versa smartwatch to help me monitor my physical activity (spoiler alert: I am a proverbial couch potato), I astonished even myself