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  • Attack on Shahidul Alam and Bangladesh’s dwindling democratic space0

    By The Editors    8 August 2018 Image adapted from: re:publica / Flickr The late-night abduction, detention, custodial assault and subsequent arrest – this sequence is not unimportant – of the renowned Bangladeshi photographer, educator and activist Shahidul Alam has shocked civil-society activists and journalists around the world. While the increasing authoritarianism in Bangladesh’s polity

  • Democracy being off-roaded?0

    By Shabnam Nadiya   23 August 2018 Bangladesh government cracks down on peaceful protests. Students organise a sit-in to block roads in protest of the 29 July accident. Photo: Wikimedia On 29 July 2018, a bus ran over homebound schoolchildren waiting on the sidewalk in the Kurmitola area of northern Dhaka. Two students of Shaheed Ramiz

  • TRIBUTE TO KULDIP NAYAR; Journalism’s guiding light0

     August 23, 2018    Daily Star Journalism’s guiding light Kuldip Nayar. File photo taken from The Statesman/ANN Mahfuz Anam With the passing away of veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar Bangladesh has lost a sincere and lifelong friend, India has lost a conscience keeper for secular values, Pakistan has lost an untiring voice for greater understanding between

  • Kofi Annan: a man who paid his dues to global peace and security0

    EPA-EFE/ Fredrik Persson Abdul-Jalilu Ateku, University of Nottingham All the world’s a stage; And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. (As you like it, Act II, scene VII, William Shakespeare.) Indeed, Kofi Annan, born in 1938, entered the

  • Who owns the moon? A space lawyer answers0

    Edwin E. ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. Neil A. Armstrong/NASA/AP Photo Frans von der Dunk, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to the

  • Humanitarian Ties: Why Shahidul Alam Admired Pak Philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi0

    Edhi, who built a nationwide network of humanitarian centres in Pakistan, occupies a prominent place in the Bangladeshi photographer’s moral imagination. Shahidul Alam reviews a portfolio in 2014. Credit: Facebook Yasmin Jaffri 22 August 2018 Alam drawing attention to his incarceration since August 5 may perhaps be forgiven for invoking the menace of the hegemonies he

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  • Bangladesh’s rape epidemic: Are these a case of deviant sexual behaviour or ‘System’s failure’?

    By M Adil Khan 16 May 2019 In Bangladesh incidents of loot, plunder, enforced disappearances, breakdown of rule of law, extra-judicial killings, deaths and injuries in road accidents through reckless driving have become parts of daily news.  Lately, news of audacious rapes, abductions of girls and women and sexual harassments in almost all parts of

  • Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka: Crisis, Correction and Hope

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 8 May 2019 “What happened on September 11th is at least, theoretically, small stuff compared to what can happen.” Robert D. Kaplan  I was 16 when I witnessed the horror terrorism first hand. It was the blast I lost my father in. When the long battle ended with the Tamil Tigers in

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