• 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,

  • Academics, writers, artists urge Bangladesh – Free Shahidul Alam0

    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 of

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • Bangladesh And The Political Chess Game

    “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” ~Bobby Fischer, World Chess Champion. Sheikh Hasina Wajed is known not to accept any objections or opposition, so much so that any form an opposition has disappeared out of sight from the Bangladeshi political stage. She and her party, the

  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina’s Fear of Fall is The Issue

    “Fear cuts deeper than swords.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones by R Chowdhury 13 July 2019 Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code fame said, “Men go far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” That describes Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh today.

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