• The Politics of Independence of Bangladesh

    The Politics of Independence of Bangladesh0

    Historians still do not have all the records they need to fully understand the freedom struggle of Bangladesh and offer a proper appreciation of the role of all the participants. Political parties remain justifiably attached to their founders; partisans attached to India and Pakistan also have their memories, points of view and all merit attention.

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  • Climatic Hazards and the Bay of Bengal Delta – Moazzem Hossain

    Climatic Hazards and the Bay of Bengal Delta – Moazzem Hossain2

    It is now widely recognized that the South Asia region in general and the coastal belt of the Bay of Bengal (southern parts of Bangladesh, West Bengal and Orissa) in particular, will suffer heavily in socio-economic terms from global warming. In recent years, the countries on the Bay of Bengal delta have been enjoying high

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  • Asian Business Growth and Climate Change

    Asian Business Growth and Climate Change0

    Asia Pacific region is home to some of the world's largest urban areas. Indeed, of the world's top 20 megacities-those with populations of 10 million or more-half are in Asia. (Urban agglomeration 2009, UNDESA). Of these, the fastest growing is Dhaka: between 2005 and 2010 its population increased over 16 per cent. (UNDESA 2010. World

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  • War Crimes & The Rule of Law

    War Crimes & The Rule of Law0

    Bangladesh, 40 years after gaining independence in a brutal civil war, is holding a tribunal to prosecute alleged war criminals. But the apparent lack of due process could undermine the tribunal’s credibility, leaving the ruling Awami League party vulnerable to accusations of political retribution. The International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh (ICT) has, in the last

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  • Mamata & The Maoists

    Mamata & The Maoists0

    There has been an on-again off-again war between the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) and the “Naxalites” (the general term given to the Maoist affiliated parties which are conducting armed struggle against the state) for more than three decades in the Indian state of Paschimbanga (the new name of “West Bengal” in western India). 

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  • Solving Impunity: Oppressive authoritarianism haunts Sri Lankan society

    Solving Impunity: Oppressive authoritarianism haunts Sri Lankan society0

    Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella recently announced that the government plans to remove emergency laws by the end of this year. For most of the past four decades, the country has been ruled under emergency laws, which gives the security forces extraordinary powers over citizens and puts them in a position of vulnerability in any interaction.

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  • State of Human Rights in Bangladesh

    State of Human Rights in Bangladesh4

    The internet, improved travel, and a 24 hour news media have made the incidences of gross violations of human rights around the world feel more immediate to us, and thus less tolerable.  The overreaches of the American security state notwithstanding, those of us living in consolidated democracies might feel somewhat insulated from these abuses. They

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