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F R Chowdhury   In Middle-East and North African Arab world, a number of corrupt dictators have been ruling for long. In some countries they are referred to as President but let there be no illusion. They are all equal dictators sometime in disguise of being an elected president. We all knew one day it […]

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DAVID BERGMAN Instead of the death penalty, the protesters at Shahbag should be demanding fair trials for those accused of war crimes in 1971 A peaceful mass secular protest involving people from all walks of life, spearheaded by a tech savvy young generation, apparently independent from political parties, seeking accountability for war crimes committed in […]

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Nur Jahan , Chittagong We commend the young generation as they could unite the people on the war crime trial issue. They have pressed for bringing war crimes charges against Jamat-e-Islami and issued ultimatum to the government to initiate legal process to ban the party by March 26, 2013. We thank the youths for putting […]

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I have been wondering about the correct frame of reference for the Projonmo Chottor movement. Although comparisons have been made to Tahrir and Occupy, I think there is a more apt comparison that is closer, both temporally and spatially. It is the anti-corruption movement in India last year, led by Anna Hazare. Shahbag crowd are […]

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“Had it not been for the protests, now we would all be focusing on next year’s elections and looking at the government’s record in office and the opposition’s pledges,” said Zafar Sobhan, editor of the Dhaka Tribune, an English daily. “Now, all bets are off and elections seem a distant concern. It is hard to see how […]

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Faisal Rahim There is a growing apprehension that the country is moving towards a no return position. The uncertainty and violence which sparked from the protesting Shahbag youths from February 5 demanding death to Jamaat leaders further aggravated with the death verdict to Maulana Delwar Hossain Sayeede on February 28. The International Crime Tribunal-1 (ICT) […]

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THE immediate effect of the latest verdict from the “International Crimes Tribunal” was the worst single day of political violence in the history of modern Bangladesh. Actually a domestic court, the tribunal is tasked with trying the men who stand accused of committing atrocities during the 1971 war that gave birth to Bangladesh as a […]

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By SHAHIDUL ALAM FOR the past month, tens of thousands of Bangladeshis have filled Shahbagh Square here, demanding justice for crimes committed in 1971, when Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) attained its independence from Pakistan. Ordinary people — grandparents, people in wheelchairs, men with beards, women in hijab, teenagers in jeans — have come out in throngs, […]

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Delwar Hossain Sayedee the man most known in Bangladesh as an Islamic preacher doubling as a politician has been sentenced to death for crimes committed in 1971. The crowds gathered in the streets and avenues and the shouts of joys and relief are in many ways the reflection of a nation denied of many justices […]

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Shubinoy Mustofi and J Rahman both write about economics.  Reading them on how the foreigners have covered the Shahbag Awakening, I thought it would be interesting to analyse how the Economist has covered the event.  Mass dissatisfaction appeared on 16 February.  It was written by Adam Roberts and Tom Felix Joehnk.  They talked with a number of people in […]

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by Parsa Sanjana Sajid Recently during a conversation about Shahbagh, a friend had this to say: “be a part.” That particular conversation was about the merits (or as some would say, responsibility to) of joining the movement. There is a sense among the chattering class that one needs to join in solidarity. Or else, you […]

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“The idea of human rights or justice is not a selective one: Just as we have called out for the justice for the brutal murder of Rajib Haidar, it behooves us to call out for justice for anyone who suffers wrongful death in the hands of the police. In the end this brutal killing of […]

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