Around Middle East & North Africa [03.17.15]


Israel: National Elections

Leaders of United Arab List

Leaders of United Arab List

“A coalition of once fractious Arab parties – United Arab List – is suddenly emerging as Israel’s newest power bloc, forcing the Jewish state to pay attention to its large Arab minority as never before.

… for Israel’s 1.7 million Arabs, who make up roughly 20 percent of the country’s population”


“We have a 10-year plan to close the disparities separating Arab and Jewish populations”  #MinorityRights

Around Middle East & North Africa [03.15.15]


International Finance

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, right, receiving United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in Sharm El-Sheikh on Friday.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi receiving UAE Prime Minister & Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. [Courtesy of WSJ]


“While Jewish turnout in elections often exceeds 70%, Arab participation has hovered at around 50%.

United List candidates … campaign to defend the interests of Israel’s Arab citizens, who make up about one-fifth of the country’s 7.8 million people.

United List recently has been focusing less on who will be Israel’s next leader than on how to defend the interests of Israeli Arabs. It calls for increasing the minimum wage and creating jobs through public-works projects in Arab communities with high unemployment. The issue of Israeli police tactics in Arab cities and towns has taken center stage.”  #MinorityRights

আজকের উপলব্ধিতে নাগরিক ঐক্য [১২.০৩.১৫]


নাগরিক ঐক্য #Nagorik

প্রফেসর ড. আসিফ নজরুল বলেন, দেশে যদি কেউ সচেতনমূলক কথা বলে থাকে তবে সেটা নাগরিক ঐক্য-ই বলেছে।

নাগরিক ঐক্যের উপদেষ্টা সাবেক সাংসদ এস এম আকরাম বলেন, আমি কথা দিচ্ছি মাহমুদুর রহমান মান্নার পক্ষে নির্বাচন করা হবে।

নাগরিক ঐক্যের কেন্দ্রীয় কমিটির সদস্য ফজলুল হক সরকারের সভাপতিত্বে নাগরিক সমাবেশে বক্তব্য দেন গণস্বাস্থ্য কেন্দ্রর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা চেয়ারম্যান ড. জাফরউল্লাহ চৌধুরী, নাগরিক ঐক্য ঢাকা মহানগর উত্তরের আহ্বায়ক শহীদুল্লাহ কায়সার, জাতীয় সমাজতান্ত্রিক দলের (জেএসডি) সাধারণ সম্পাদক আব্দুল মালেক রতন প্রমুখ।”


নাগরিক ঐক্য #Nagorik : গণজাগরণ মঞ্চ


নাগরিক ঐক্য #Nagorik


International Relations

Bangladesh – UK Relations #Nagorik

 “আনন্দিত ক্যামেরন বলেন, একদিন বাংলাদেশিদের মধ্য থেকেই কেউ যুক্তরাজ্যের প্রধানমন্ত্রী হবেন।”

British Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron


Law Enforcement Agencies  #Nagorik



Bangladesh Cricket Team @Cricket World Cup 2015


International: Israel

“আরব রাজনৈতিক দলগুলোর একটি জোট ইসরায়েলে নতুন শক্তি হিসেবে আত্মপ্রকাশ করতে যাচ্ছে। এর ফলে ইহুদি রাষ্ট্রটি আরব সংখ্যালঘুদের প্রতি মনোযোগ দিতে বাধ্য হবে বলে মনে করা হচ্ছে। #MinorityRights

আগামী সপ্তাহে ইসরায়েলে সাধারণ নির্বাচন। জরিপের ফলাফল অনুযায়ী, নতুন পার্লামেন্টে আরব-ইসরায়েলিদের জোট তৃতীয় বৃহত্তম রাজনৈতিক শক্তি হিসেবে আত্মপ্রকাশ করতে যাচ্ছে।
ইসরায়েলে বসবাসকারী আরব জনগোষ্ঠীর সংখ্যা ১৭ লাখ। এটি দেশটির মোট জনসংখ্যার ২০ শতাংশ। নতুন জোটে আরব বংশোদ্ভূত মুসলিম, খ্রিষ্টান, দ্রুজ ও ইহুদিরা রয়েছে।”

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Business & Economics

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International Relations

United States – Israel Relations

Current State Of Science & Technology In Iran


The state of science & technology in Iran is quite developed, particularly among muslim nations.

In fact, if one leaves out Israel, and Turkey, the state of Science & Technology in Iran is the most advanced in the Middle East, South Asia & South East Asia Region.

But high quality scientific and engineering research in Iran is mostly limited to the Public SectorUniversities & Government Facilities.

Apart from Medical Research – that can be easily translated into Medical or Surgical Practices – very little Research is translated to the Private Sector (generating Economic benefits / Wealth).
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology Industry in Iran is exemplary in Translational Research.

Biochemical Research, Nanotechnology Research, Medical Research, Nuclear Research (which must be limited to Nuclear Power Plants and not as another threat to the World), Aerospace Research, Robotics, Microprocessor Manufacturing, Super-Computers

– Iranians are doing advanced research, but only in the Public Sector.

What seem most promising:

  • Iranians are talented and
  • Research facilities seem to be in place.

To become an Economic Powerhouse, Iran needs High Technology Companies – which – its state of research indicates – it is capable of producing – although yet to materialize.

I am willing to provide guidance for:

Development of High Tech Industries in Iran.

If Iran is only the 9th country to put domestic-built Satellite into Orbit [Public Sector], why can’t an Iranian Firm build a Commercial Aircraft [Private Sector]?

Different body of Expertise (& Outlook), Institutional Structures & Policies are required for

Development of Research & Engineering Based High Tech Industries [Translational Research – turning research into Market Products] :


  • e.g., Knowledge of International Market.


  • Research is not just about publishing Papers and dreaming of the glory of winning Prizes & Awards! Translating Research into Industrial Products and making your country wealthier is equal in “glory”!
    • Required Outlook: How do I incorporate my research into an Industrial Product?

Institutional Structures

  • Venture Capital Firms and other Financial Institutions that are bold enough to invest in Companies that bring “research – generated products” to Markets.
    • In many Developing Nations, where there aren’t many High Technology Firms and not a lot of success stories, Investors struggle to believe in success of such Firms.


  • e.g., Policies that encourage Entrepreneurship


Israel is a very good example of a country that has mastered the art of turning “Research” into “High Tech Industries”.

Iran can, and should learn from Israel.

Here is a nice book to start with:

Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor, Saul Singer


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