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No I am not talking about the killings of 20 innocent children and six adults in Newtown, CT. We know the perpetrator of that evil act and we also know that it was a case of madness and a gun culture gone out of control. No, I am not talking about that evil but the […]

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Since 2011, Cassidy and Associates (“CA”), one of USA’s largest lobbying firms has as one of its clients, Mir Quasem Ali, one of the 14 indicted by the International Crimes Tribunal (“ICT”) for war crimes committed in 1971. Documents from US congress disclose that CA has assembled a four-member team to lobby the ‘US House […]

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A roundtable discussion in Dhaka on Wednesday sparked incandescent outburst from TV talk-show stars against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia. Senior journalist ABM Musa questioned the capability of the President of the ruling Awami League and the Chairperson of the opposition BNP to lead the country. Comparing them to HM Ershad, […]

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The emergency room is quiet. A cheery Christmas tree sits by a window near a television set. Horrific images of children’s funerals flash on the screen. Television and Christmas tree- the heaven/hell rhythms of this season. What am I doing here? Taking care of a young friend. He’s not a relative, but he’s a loved […]

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About eight years ago, when Eid-ul-Fitr came quite close to Christmas, it was interesting to observe the joy of festivities with family and friends and the giving and receiving of gifts. The giving is, of course, related to ‘Zakat’ by which, as I understand, 2.5% of one’s ‘disposable income’ (e.g. cash, savings and jewellery) should […]

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One of the three guns Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, was a military-style semiautomatic rifle known as an AR-15. That surprised and shocked a lot of people unfamiliar with America’s gun culture. They questioned why such weapons are available and why anyone would […]

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December 19, 2012 In the last few weeks, Jamaat-backed organizations have attacked police officers left and right. The government has suggested that these attacks are pre-planned, with the goal of generally de-stabilizing society. While the evidence on the ground suggests that there is more to these attacks than just mob-reaction to police brutality, it is […]

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Renowned freedom fighter Kader Siddiqui on Friday said Amar Desh head Mahmudur Rahman should get a Nobel prize for publishing transcripts of an alleged Skype conversation between former war crimes tribunal chief and an expat legal expert. Siddiqui, who formed a small party, Krishak Sramik Janata League after parting ways with the ruling Awami League, […]

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Fears scientist Quadeer Khan Abdul Quadeer Khan Pakistan is at present in a worse situation than it was in 1971, and it would begin to disintegrate again if the current social problems are not solved, Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Quadeer Khan said. “The present situation in the country is not very different from that of […]

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Ever since the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) began its work, opponents of the mechanism have emphasised that the first government of the state pardoned the alleged war criminals, that this was a project of political witch-hunt against Jamaat and BNP senior leaders and that there was no demand for justice from the majority of Bangladeshis […]

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December has become our cruellest month as we lurch towards an absurd collective destiny. What the managers of Bangladesh have created is both tragic and pathetic as the role of political parties seems to be as much about holding elections as it is about sheltering criminals. Every national event whether it’s the mourning of the […]

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During the last one week, I was in Kolkata looking up old friends who worked with me in 1971. They were part of an amazing team which ran OXFAM’s large refugee relief operation which assisted about 600,000 men, women and children in many refugee camps in Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, West Dinajpur, […]

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