We often wonder what life would be like if certain situations had of played out differently. Mark Katz reflects back on the summer of 1977, when he and 3 other interns joined the US State Department Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs. One of those fellow interns was Condoleezza Rice – the 66th US Secretary of State. Mark recounts his experience of working along side Condoleezza, her determination to rise to the top and the encounter with the Deputy Secretary of State which changed the future of her career for life.
Mumita Tanjeela discusses the progression of female political participation in Bangladesh. Despite two female prime ministers in recent decades, women in Bangladesh still face many obstacles in having their voice heard within the political arena. The author discusses now civil society organisations and NGOs have been critical in challenging Bangladesh’s patriarchal perceptions, and supporting women to engage in the public sphere.
Dr. Rene Wadlow is highlighting for alochonaa.com individuals who have enriched culture and built trans-frontier bridges of understanding. Lalon Shah, a Baul of Bengal, is such an artist. The avenues of inner peace of the Bauls merit being more widely known.
This poet’s corner presents two poems from South Asia. Reshma Parvez writes on India’s political context, as she reflects on the election atmosphere in the lead up to the 2014 election. Albaab Habib writes from Bangladesh and uses the imagery of white stripes to allude to the experiences we pass by on our journey through life, exploring the spirit of youth and vitality.
The threat that global warming and rising sea levels poses for Pacific Islands is well-known to those outside the region. A less understood threat is that posed by weak government and environmental regulations in the region. In this article, Sean Jacobs points out saving the Pacific requires more than tackling global emissions and claims that local leaders are using the focus on rising sea levels to abrogate their own environmental responsibilities.
Dr. Murray Hill, concludes his two part article which considers the motivation and experiences of first generation Muslims in Europe. The author examines a range of sociopolitical and identity challenges which are faced by these subsequent generations.