Showing posts from January, 2005

Writings and Struggles

Writings and Struggles By Mahbubul Karim (Sohel) January 27, 2005 I. Writing is powerful. From the history immemorial writings of various kinds by writers of prominence and now forgotten names had and have influenced major and minor policy decisions around the globe, especially so in nations where freedom of speech is considered as the cornerstone of their progress and pride. In places where dictatorship, monarchies and also the theatrical “democracy” remained unshakable, writers with unblemished pens are more often considered threat to the interests of the rulers and powerful, and hence most often than not they are put into the darken corners of prisons; sometimes even harsher treatments befallen them, in the form of facing the deadly firing squads or other gruesome life ending scenario, like being stabbed or beaten up by hired thugs and hooligans. It is not to say that all the writers take up the pens to fight against injustices. It is also not to deny the facts that write

Fighting Global Poverty

There are some good points that this Washington Post editorial illuminates, and the first and foremost is that the developed world must raise their aid effort for the poorer nations, coordinating with the international organizations such as U.N. and others, but must do so in effective manner so that these aids can maximize benefits to larger number of poor people in the developing world rather than filling the corrupted government officials' ballooning fiefdom. Scholarly reasearches on this very issue already established this fact that "aid does boost growth and reduce poverty in countries with reasonably good institutions and policies." Even with effective government structure in place, how the aid money is spent determines whether poverty for a nation is reduced or not, " because bad aid can actually entrench poverty." Here is one example: "When aid flows into a country, it can drive the exchange rate up, harming the producers who are the only hope o

The New Heart Disease Threat

It seems promising. I have known friends and relatives who had repeatedly said that their cholesterol level was normal but still they had suffered heart attacks and some even died from that deadly disease. Hopefully, the new discovery and the eventual treatments related to C-reactive protein would alleviate sufferings of millions of people world wide every year, soon. Regards, Sohel The New Heart Disease Threat he evidence has gotten much stronger that a substance known as C-reactive protein may be every bit as important as cholesterol in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Back in 2002, a thought-provoking study found that a blood test for C-reactive protein, called CRP, was actually better than the standard cholesterol test at predicting the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. Now two studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine have shown that drugs that reduce the levels of that protein in patients with severe heart disease can slow