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Sadeq Khan The country has gone through a punishing couple of days of hartal and violent disturbance, during and following the day when the “International Crimes Tribunal” of Bangladesh delivered its second judgment on February 5 against a political leader charged with “crimes against humanity” committed during the liberation war of 1971. The first judgment […]

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The Shahbagh Chottor now fondly called “the Projonmo Square” sounds and looks like a people’s movement mainly by the young people of many walks of life and political beliefs. Their slogan started with the capital punishment for the defendants found guilty by the ICT. Their demand that the laws be changed to hang Kader Mollah, […]

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Ben Groundwater The first shock is the visa cost: $145. One hundred and forty-five? To get into Bangladesh? You’d think they’d be trying to encourage visitors, not scare them off. But that’s how much it costs to visit Bangladesh. OK, you can wear that, it’s not so much in the grand scheme of international travel. […]

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  While claiming resonances with Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring, the vindictive protest gathering begun in Dhaka’s Shahbag crossing is far from a movement for a just and noble cause  Thousands have gathered across Bangladesh in protest across several cities. Images of the freedom movements of the Middle East are evoked, but this is […]

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Truth, Not Punishment

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JALAL ALAMGIR makes the case for justice, not vengeance I have often asked scholars from Pakistan about their perspective on 1971. Usually I hear profound apologies, personal gestures meant to compensate for the official failure of their government to come to terms with the tragedy. Last February, when I asked that question at a conference at […]

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Looking forward

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In order to achieve a sustainable growth and momentum in the economy, Bangladesh should be looking forward and not bogged down with dogmatic agendas. A lot of good can be achieved in bi-partisan decision making which can permeate into the general well-being of the nation. Let’s look into the glass half full and propel our […]

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M. Shahidul Islam On a frigid Friday night last week when the Dhaka residents were about to retire into their slumbers, a white Toyota car screeched to a halt outside a high-walled, sprawling bungalow only yards away from an entrance to the Dhaka Cantonment. The car jettisoned three VIP passengers, and the trio got whisked […]

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Shahriar Kabir, executive president of Bangladesh’s Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and war crimes researcher, has been involved in a campaign to bring those accused of war crimes during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War to trial. Speaking with Rudroneel Ghosh, Kabir discussed the push for justice decades after the war, the larger significance of these trials — […]

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The street reaction to the verdict on Quader Mollah case is an interesting indication that public confidence in the trial process and the objectivity of the War Crimes Trial is confused and may lead to questions. Mollah was given a life imprisonment instead of a death sentence for the charges in question and many people have […]

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Fazlur R Chowdhury If I am a real patriot and I want to serve my country and the people then it is not necessary for me to join a political party or to become a minister. There are many different ways to achieve my goal. A farmer or a fisherman can also serve the nation […]

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By Saeed Qureshi Those who believe that Saudi Arabia is an Islamic state are either mistaken or ill-informed. It is outright a monarchy or kingdom that runs counter to the concept of an Islamic state. Even its name is “Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” missing the world Islamic as we can find in the official name […]

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The Ministry of Commerce has been dogged by two difficult issues during the recent past. One is the dilemma whether to sign the proposed Trade and Investment Cooperation Framework Agreement (TICFA) with the USA, and the other is how to prevent being excluded from the GSP scheme of the USA over labour standards. It seems […]

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