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Dhaka Saturday,  Mar 23, 2019

Something to Say

SIR FRANK PETERS: The mind boggles when I hear about parents who claim to love their children “more than anything else on earth” (as if reciting poetic lines from a Hallmark greetings card). Or they are willing “to give their own lives” to protect them from danger. Then force them to attend schools or madrasas where knowingly the child is beaten and mistreated: their child’s Heavenly-given goodness beaten-out and hellish... »
SIR FRANK PETERS: On the eve of the FIFA World Cup, Brazil has unshackled itself from its horrific past wrongs, turned over a new leaf, and become the 38th country in the world to ban corporal punishment to children in the home, schools and madrasahs. But any child in Brazil who reads this ‘wonderful news’ on the Internet should not build their hopes up too soon, if the teachers in... »
By Nick Cunningham and James Stafford: Along with 3 billion other viewers around the world, I plan to tune in for the month-long World Cup to see whether the 22-year old Neymar can withstand the colossal pressure that has been put upon his shoulders to deliver a win for team Brazil. Every time I turn on my television set, I’m using World Cup-related energy. And that’s just the start. Flying... »
By Nicholas Cunningham: City-dwelling Chinese may still be choking on smog, but amid all the haze, China may turning a corner in its fight on pollution. Top Chinese officials have hinted at the fact that China is working hard to achieve “peak” greenhouse gas emissions, which may come sooner than observers expect. “Peak pollution” refers to the point at which a developing country’s economy reaches a high enough level of... »
Tribute by Sir Frank Peters: It is with profound sadness I read while overseas about the death of Mahbubul Alam, former Editor of The Independent, former adviser to the caretaker government of Bangladesh in 2007, and doyen of the Bangladesh newspaper industry. It grieves me that although we maintained a friendship and regular contact spanning a period of 15-years and shared many anecdotes and laughs together, I knew nothing about... »
By James Stafford : As the Canadian government pushes a new law rendering pipeline companies liable for all damages from leaks and spills, the only friend to both sides in this polarized world of dirty oil sands is leak prevention technology. On May 14, amid heightened opposition to two planned pipelines, Canada’s Natural Resources Ministry unveiled a new law making pipeline operators liable for all the costs and damages related... »
By Nicholas Cunningham: Several of the largest oil companies in the world are doubling down in Russia despite moves by the West to isolate Russia and its economy. ExxonMobil and BP separately signed agreements with Rosneft – Russia’s state-owned oil company – to extend and deepen their relationships for energy exploration. The U.S. slapped sanctions on Rosneft’s CEO Igor Sechin in late April, freezing his assets and preventing him from... »
Sir Frank Peters: A best-selling controversial book that calls for a ban on corporal punishment to children in the home, schools and madrasas, has won a prestigious award from America’s coveted 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Breaking the Paddle: Ending School Corporal Punishment by Dr. Nadine A. Block of the Center for Effective Discipline, set out to highlight the many dangers and long-term effects to children – and to society... »
By Nicholas Cunningham: The great hype surrounding the advent of a shale gas bonanza in California may turn out to be just that: hype. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) – the statistical arm of the Department of Energy – has downgraded its estimate of the total amount of recoverable oil in the Monterey Shale by a whopping 96 percent. Its previous estimate pegged the recoverable resource in California’s shale... »
By Ky Krauthamer : Grins were on the faces of China National Petroleum executives this week as they celebrated a blockbuster 30-year deal for Russian gas. It was a good day for CNPC, the state-owned colossus at the center of China’s oil and gas webs and one of Eurasia’s biggest energy investors. For some, however, those grins could soon turn to grimaces, because the deal comes against a backdrop of... »