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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

  • 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

  • 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 #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

  • 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

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  • Withering Away? : US Foreign Policy in the Time of Trump0

      By Kimberley Anne Nazareth      7 August 2018 The world and most of America stood still in wonder when Donald Trump took the center stage and became the 45th President of the US. As the President approaches his midterm, an analysis of his leadership in foreign policy is important. PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP DOES IT EXIST?

  • India and China Vying for Influence in South Asia0

    by Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra      7 August 2018 The author of the books ‘China’s India War: Collision Course on the Roof of the World’, and ‘The Costliest Pearl: China’s Struggle For Indian Ocean’, Bertil Lintner, a Swedish journalist known for his expertise on Southeast and South Asia, views the Chinese mega connectivity initiatives

  • Are the Corporates Working towards our Common Future?0

    By Mrittika Nandy       7 August 2018 The neo-liberal development model essentially refers to liberalization, privatization, and globalization of the earth’s resources for the more significant benefit of the people. The emergence of big corporates and their ambition for the optimization of individual profits has not only divided the world between the rich and

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense

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