Author Archives: Iftekhar Sayeed

Toxic Asia

The highest level of human growth, according to Abraham Maslow, is that of transcendence. Transcendence, for Maslow, encompasses the need to rise above the interests of the self, to find fulfillment in helping others reach their potential (Jean Lipman-Blumen, The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians—and How We Can Resist Them (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), p 129). Continue reading

The great unwatched

“Watched people are nice people.”
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The freedom industry

“Freedom is a Western word.” Thus said Michael Caine as Thomas Fowler in the remake of the film The Quiet American. Continue reading

An elegy for the news

“Health Ministry Statistics say that the incidence of abnormal births has increased 400-fold since 1991. The Iraqis also say that, all told, 1.7m children have died because of the various effects of UN sanctions.” (The Economist, September 14th 2002, p 39) Continue reading