• Who are the Sikhs and what are their beliefs?0

    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. AP Photo/Julio Cortez Simran Jeet Singh, New York University New Jersey’s first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Singh Grewal, was a target of disparaging remarks recently. Two radio hosts commented on Grewal’s Sikh identity and repeatedly referred to him as “turban man.” When called out on the offensiveness of their

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  • ‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear0

      ‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear Uighur men at a teahouse in Kashgar in July 2017. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Gene A Bunin has spent the past 18 months talking to Uighur restaurant workers all over China. These conversations reveal how this Muslim minority feel the daily threat

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  • Bangladesh: NEW GENERATION WANTS JUSTICE0

    Spectacular student resurgence strikes at the core Shahid Islam THEY don’t have a playground to be playful; a quaint park to be dreamy in wandering; any friendly parents and teachers to walk them through the spectacles of a universe that is otherwise divine and dazzling.  Amidst ugly stares of death stalking their lives on way

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  • Rising sea swamps island along Bengal coast0

    Joydeep Gupta, Monday January 15th, 2018 Around 1.5 million people will be displaced in the Sundarbans, and the process has started Standing atop an 18-foot embankment, Badruddin Sarkar pointed to his previous home, engulfed by a rising sea (top). That was in 2009. In December 2017, Abdul Hanan showed the saline wasteland left behind (bottom)

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  • Bangladesh: The disappearing wetlands of Dhaka0

    Uncontrolled and unplanned growth has meant that more than 75% of Dhaka’s wetlands have disappeared since 1967, leaving a hotter, far more miserable, city As Dhaka expands, wetlands are illegally taken over in its suburbs [image by: Sheikh Enam] Pinaki Roy, Tuesday March 13th, 2018 Shaheen Mollah recalls that, when he was a child, goods-carrying

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  • What the Battle for Hodeidah Means for Yemen and the Region0

    by Michael Horton*    10 August 2018 On June 13, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in conjunction with their Yemeni allies, launched “Operation Golden Victory.” The grandiosely named offensive is aimed at seizing the Yemeni Red Sea port of Hodeidah, which has been occupied by Yemen’s Houthi rebels since

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  • Bangladesh: The rise and silencing of a mass student movement0

    How did the protests begin? What made it expand in such a short time? And finally, why did it die out? The following is a day-to-day breakdown of the protests created solely based on reports published in The Daily Star from July 29 to August 7. August 10, 2018 Timeline Day 1 July 29: A

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  • Bangladesh: Students Started an Enduring Movement Even as Street Protests End0

    By Pulack Ghatack, Kamran Reza Chowdhury and Sharif Khiam on Aug 08, 2018  Students in Bangladesh who held mass protests to highlight the long-standing problem of road safety may have sowed the seeds for a vibrant reform movement that could challenge the authoritarian government accused of rampant corruption and blatant rights abuses, activists and analysts

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  • Bangladesh Court Frees Briton Hasnat Karim after 2 Years in Prison0

      By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 09, 2018 BenarNews English  Having spent more than two years behind bars for a crime he did not commit, Hasnat Karim walked out of prison Thursday after a court cleared him of involvement in the 2016 Holey Artisan Bakery café attack that killed 29 people. Karim’s wife, Sharmina Parveen,

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  • Academics, writers, artists urge Bangladesh #FreeShahidulAlam0

      We, academics, journalists, artists, writers, and photographers at various universities and media institutions strongly condemn the detention and torture of our colleague the photojournalist and activist Shahidul Alam in Dhaka and urge the Bangladesh authorities to release him immediately. Some two dozen plainclothes policemen picked up Alam, 63, from his home on the night

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  • Historian Audrey Truschke’s Lecture Cancelled After Right-Wing Pressure0

    Titled “Unpopular Stories: Narrating the Indo-Islamic Past and Navigating Present-day Prejudices”, the talk was scheduled to be held in Hyderabad on August 11. Audrey Truschke. Credit: Twitter The Wire Staff New Delhi: In yet another attack on freedom of expression in India, right-wing groups have prevented American historian Audrey Truschke from delivering a scheduled lecture

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  • Why the Bangladesh Government Is Scared of Shahidul Alam0

    The photographer’s arrest shows that the government wants to make sure that not only will Alam keep his mouth shut in the future, but also ensure that other independent minded non-partisan individuals do the same. File photo of Shahidul Alam. Credit: Facebook/Drik David Bergman   8.8.2018 The arrest of eminent Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam by over 25

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  • India: don’t blame WhatsApp for the lynch mobs0

    Thursday 09 Aug 2018 | 10:07 | SYDNEY A victim of one of the mobs.   Photographer: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images By  Niraja Gopal Jayal*   2 August 2018 On 17 July, the Supreme Court of India was moved to condemn the recent spate of lynchings across the country as “horrendous acts of mobocracy … which cannot be allowed

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  • Pakistan: the tough road ahead for Imran Khan0

    By   Adnan Aamir *   6 August 2018 The first major challenge Imran Khan will face as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan is from the opposition parties. In the general elections, his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party managed to win 115 of 272 general seats in the National Assembly. This is short of the 137 seats needed to form

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