Bangladesh confounds the naysayers for all the right reasons by William Pesek

Among developing nations having "good" COVID-19 crises, Bangladesh may be the most surprising. Back in, say, May, the South Asian economic backwater was the subject of gloomy prognostications. Its densely populated cities, rudimentary health care system and a government deemed unready for prime-time were viewed as a recipe for disaster. Not so much. This nation of 165 million people has recorded about 6,300 coronavirus deaths, 1,000 fewer than my hometown of Queens, New York. The Bangladesh economy is set to grow 4%-plus this year, and in ways that have heads exploding in neighboring India. Last month, the International Monetary Fund ranked Bangladesh ahead of India in per capita income. While the juxtaposition further shamed Narendra Modi's stewardship in New Delhi, it reminded global investors how much Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has got right in Dhaka these last 11 years. And how the nation Henry Kissinger famously dismissed as a "basket case," is also havin

Great Leaders Create Great Cultures By: Jack Lannom

When was the last time that you walked out of a place where you do business and thought, “Now that is how a company should treat people”? When you encounter a genuine, caring culture, you don’t soon forget the experience. You find yourself replaying that great experience in your mind and you feel compelled to tell your friends about your encounter with that outstanding organization. Why is that? It’s because a culture that truly puts People First is so rare that it might well be regarded as an endangered species today. When I throw out the phrase “outrageously engaged, people-loving culture,” what organizations come to mind? You might name Southwest Airlines, Chic-fil-A, or Ritz-Carlton. Whoever you’d identify as the exemplar of a world-class performance culture, the more challenging question you should ask is: What kind of culture have you created in the organization you serve? Have you, as a business leader, created the best possible caring culture for your company—one that enable

Middle East countries deported exiled Uighurs to China: Report

Some Uighur Muslims who fled China and sought refuge in Middle Eastern countries have been arrested and deported, a BBC report has claimed. BBC's Newsnight said it identified multiple cases of exiled Uighur students and pilgrims being targeted by authorities in Muslim-majority countries - including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt - in collaboration with Beijing. One Uighur woman told the BBC she had not seen her husband in five years after he was arrested and deported to China while performing the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. "Our children have become fatherless. We have been left on our own," said the mother-of-five now living in Turkey. Turkey accused of deporting Uighurs back to China via third countries Read More » Since 2014, the Chinese government has embarked on a campaign against the Muslim minority group in the country's northwestern province. The region borders Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, and it has been u

Uighur scholar arrested in Saudi Arabia at risk of deportation to China

A Uighur Muslim religious scholar was arrested in Saudi Arabia on Friday amid fears that he could be deported back to China. Activists fear that Aimadoula Waili, also known as Hemdullah Abduweli, who originates from the Xingjiang province in China, will be sent back to his home country following his arrest in the Gulf kingdom. Uighur activist Abduweli Ayup has raised concerns about Waili's arrest, saying that if he is deported, he could face a lengthy prison sentence in China.  Earlier this month, Waili told Middle East Eye that he feared for his life after the Chinese consulate in Saudi Arabia had allegedly requested his deportation. Ayup told Middle East Eye on Monday that Waili was arrested at 8pm on Friday along with another Uighur, Nurmemet Rozi, and has only been able to speak to his wife over the phone since his arrest. According to reports, Waili is currently being held in the Buraiman prison in Jeddah with no charges against him.  “Abduweli called his wife and t

Pompeo in Israel: Three announcements that cement 'apartheid'

With just two months left before the Biden administration takes office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a slew of announcements on Thursday that blur the line between the state of Israel and the Palestinian territories that it occupies.  After a visit to an illegal West Bank settlement, the top US diplomat issued a directive to identify organisations that boycott companies doing "business in Israel or in any territory controlled by Israel". He said the State Department would ensure that no government funds went to such groups - a move that would disadvantage NGOs that do not operate in the settlements, in accordance with international law. In a separate decree, Pompeo said exported products from parts of the occupied West Bank must be labelled as 'Made in Israel'. The latest effort, critics say, is a push to dissolve the Palestinian quest for statehood and cement the reality of total Israeli rule over the lands and peoples between the Mediterranean Sea and