• 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 Edhi1

    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

  • ‘Since When Did a City of Only Dead Bodies Celebrate Eid?’0

    There was commotion on the road, local mosques were empty and shops overcrowded with people stocking up on essentials. The only thing missing that would make the day of a recent Shopian encounter look like Eid were firecrackers. And soon, tear gas shelling and pellet gun sounds compensated for that. Credit: Reuters Rouf Fida The darkness


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  • Remembering Ziaur Rahman, the Leader that “lifted the nation to its feet”

    By Adil Khan   3 June 2021 Four decades ago, on 30th May 1981, Ziaur Rahman, the then president of Bangladesh who was popularly known as “General Zia” was murdered, aged 45, in a military coup in the port city of Chittagong. Ziaur Rahman, a valiant freedom fighter took over the leadership of Bangladesh in 1976

  • Bangladesh: When journalism is criminalised

    Rozina Islam has been arrested for a standard journalistic practice in Bangladesh — she should be applauded, not prosecuted. David Bergman May 20, 2021 Rozina Islam, a senior journalist from the leading newspaper Prothom Alo is taken to jail on 18th May 2011 following a court hearing after being detained by the police for alleged

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