Opinion

August 20, 2021
August 20, 2021

What can we do if inflation is back?

Why talk about inflation in the midst of the pandemic, one might ask. The answer is simple, if somewhat unpleasant. Inflation may soon be making a comeback!

August 6, 2021
August 6, 2021

The effect of the Delta variant in uncertain times

For Bangladesh, the Delta variant of Covid-19 virus couldn’t have come at a worse time. Starting in January, our infection rate had been going down and was below 300 per day in mid-February.

July 25, 2021
July 25, 2021

Crisis in the oil market and EU’s new environmental plan

Two recent news items, apparently unrelated, caught my attention.

July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021

To overcome vaccine apartheid, we need solid plans

It bears repeating that vaccines are essential for protection against the deadly coronavirus. We’ve seen how the virus spares no one and targets the most vulnerable people, including those who have...

June 27, 2021
June 27, 2021

Why can’t they get their fair share in our budget?

In Bangladesh, while the pandemic has impacted businesses of all sizes, plus life and livelihood, evidence is mounting that the enterprises that employ between 1 and 249 workers—officially the...

June 11, 2021
June 11, 2021

Will G7 and COP26 herald a new era?

As the world strives to fast-forward the economy in an attempt to recover from the pandemic, climate change has rightly emerged as a major concern in all international forums.

May 30, 2021
May 30, 2021

Should vaccines be considered ‘global public goods’?

The Daily Star newspaper recently announced on its front page, “COVID Vaccines. One Lakh Pfizer Shots to Arrive Next Month” (May 19, 2021).

May 20, 2021
May 20, 2021

What we need to know about artificial intelligence and privacy rights

Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel Klara and the Sun, his first since receiving the award in literature in 2017, has some relevance for policymakers and ordinary citizens...

May 4, 2021
May 4, 2021

Food insecurity increases amidst the latest Covid-19 spike

Food insecurity in Bangladesh during the pandemic is rising. Even in the best of times, millions of people in the country go hungry.

April 18, 2021
April 18, 2021

World faces a looming crisis compounded by vaccine inequities

In a world that has always favoured the rich over the poor—both within a country and across nations—the Covid-19 pandemic will worsen this maldistribution further unless actions are taken soon to...