• 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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  • India: Death of atheist Indian politician saddens church people 0

    Five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister was a champion of religious minorities and oppressed groups Supporters of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi react to news of his death outside a hospital in state capital Chennai on Aug. 7. (Photo by IANS). ucanews.com reporter, Chennai India August 8, 2018 Church leaders in the southern Indian

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  • Bangladesh: Justice for Shahidul Alam0

    August 08, 2018 The Daily Star Shahidul Alam. Photo Courtesy: Rahnuma Ahmed Mahfuz Anam Who is this man whose arrest has sparked outrage and condemnation from global bodies and media, including Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), PEN International, SAMDEN (South Asia Media Defenders Network) and publications such as the Guardian, The Washington Post

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  • Angry Students in Bangladesh Take to Social Media to Share Horrific Instances of Violence0

    A students’ protest on road safety has now led to a fight against oppression, against being silenced, against their freedom of speech. But with the government shutting all means of communication, the youth is pleading on social media to make their voices heard. Parth Sharma | News18.com Updated:August 7, 2018 (Image: Reuters) Bangladesh is crying tears of

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  • Bangladesh protests: How dangerous are the roads?0

    By Reality Check teamBBC News  7 August 2018 Image copyrightAFPImage captionProtests went on for several days after two students were killed by a bus Bangladesh has been gripped by protests since two children were killed by a speeding bus in Dhaka on 29 July. The news spread quickly via social media and the capital has seen

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  • Suspected Leader of Bangladesh Terror Outfit Arrested in India0

      By BenarNews staff on Aug 07, 2018  A top operative of a Bangladeshi militant group and suspected mastermind of an explosion at the Buddhist holy site of Bodh Gaya earlier this year has been arrested in southern India, the National Investigation Agency said Tuesday. An NIA team arrested Mohammed Jahidul Islam, 38, in Ramanagara,

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  • Muthuvel Karunanidhi’s passing: The Dravidian braveheart rests at last…0

    Image credit: Houston Chronicle   N Sathiya Moorthy, August 07, 2018 In Muthuvel Karunanidhi’s passing, Tamil Nadu has lost the last of its Titans.Yet, he leaves behind a party that son Stalin can lead with greater comfort, and a state which cannot ignore his real contributions to the socio-economic uplift — be it urban housing, slum

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  • Bangladesh: Prize-Winning Photographer Arrested Over Protest Comments0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 06, 2018  A prominent Bangladeshi photographer who gave live Facebook updates on a bloody government crackdown on student protesters has been arrested and says he was beaten while in police custody. The crackdown began Saturday after six days of non-stop protests by high school students demanding road safety reforms

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  • Armed Men Attacked Car Carrying US Envoy to Bangladesh, Embassy Says0

      By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 05, 2018  2018-08-05 Bangladeshi police clashed with students for a second day in a row on Sunday, leaving dozens of people injured, witnesses and local media said, as the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka confirmed that a group of armed men attacked an official car carrying Washington’s envoy as

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  • Bangladesh protests: How a traffic accident stopped a city of 18 million6 August 20180

    6 August 2018 Bangladesh student protests Image copyrightAFPImage captionStudents have defied calls to return home For more than a week, Bangladesh has been gripped by mass protests triggered by the death of two children in a traffic accident. The demonstrators, overwhelmingly young people, are demanding that the government take action to improve road safety. The

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