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By Nazmus Saquib Two and a half years have passed since the bloodbath of the 2009 BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) mutiny which left an indelible mark on the country’s psyche. The mutiny which was the outcome of a series of internal conflicts between the BDR Jawans with their higher authorities has still shrouded in mystery because […]

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by NAEEM MOHAIEMEN There is a particular way of lensing mass movements, when we are observing from within immediate tactics. In a fast moving situation, with opponents and allies squared off, the first thing to shrink is the space for internal critique. Professor Azfar Hussain uses the term “critical solidarity” for his approach to Shahbagh. A […]

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While describing Shahbag Square movement, frequent references are being made to Tahrir Square, the site of recent anti -autocratic movement in Egypt. However, although there are more similarities, Shahbag has not yet been discussed in reference to the famous Tiananmen Square movement of 1989 in China. The reason of missing Tiananmen reference may be two […]

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I want to believe

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On that day, no soul shall be wronged; and you shall not be rewarded aught but that which you did. (The Quran, 36: 54). Surah Yasin is usually recited in Muslim households when someone passes away. The above-quoted ayaat from the surah has been in my mind lately. I want to believe those words, not just […]

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LIZ PHILIPSON Bangladesh has experienced a rare switchback-ride from hope to fear in the first weeks of 2009. The largely peaceful general election of 29 December 2008 on a 70% voter turnout gave an astonishing landslide victory to the Awami League (AL) led by Sheikh Hasina over the Bangladesh National Party of her bitter rival […]

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Zeeshan Khan DHAKA: The question of capital punishment stirs strong feelings and so it should. Every death brings bereavement. People unrelated to the crime – wives, children, siblings, husbands, parents – suffer as deep a loss as the people who lost loved ones because of it. It can never be a wonderful thing to end […]

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M. Shawkat Ali (Headmaster Rtd) Hon’ble Finance Minister said a year ago that economic researchers and media reports created a confusion in the minds of the policy makers and the people. (Daily Star, BUSINESS section, dated December 20, 2011). But he did not say, as the controller and chief policy maker of the country’s economy, […]

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Sadeq Khan In a joint press-briefing given by the Indian and Bangladeshi foreign ministers in Dhaka on February 17, playright-diplomat Salman Khurshid and physician-diplomat Dr. Dipu Moni made a common cause of saluting the energised crowd of young revellers in Shahbag road-junction. A leading Bengali newspaper of Kolkata, Ananda Bazar Patrika hailed “India’s salute” to […]

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Idolters and atheists

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“Online activists claimed that Rajib had been blogging against the activities of Jamaat and Shibir which made him a possible “target” of the religion-based organisation for his interpretation of Islam from the standpoint of a self-proclaimed atheist.”- ‘Didn’t see such brutal murder before’, bdnews24.com. Here’s a challenge for all of you, my dear readers: Don’t […]

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Acting Editor of Bangla daily Amar Desh Mahmudur Rahman has termed the youngsters demonstrating in Shahbagh demanding execution of all the convicted war criminals as ‘anti-Islam campaigners’. “The so-called ‘Shahbagh youths’ are provoking terrorism. They’re running a negative campaign against Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PUBH),” he told a press conference at the newspaper office Saturday […]

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By Nayma Qayum During the past week, thousands of Bangladeshis have gathered at Shahbag, a neighborhood in Dhaka, demanding justice for the war crimes of 1971. The protests emerged after an international tribunal sentenced Abdul Qader Mollah, assistant secretary general of the political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), to life in prison. Shahbag initially demanded the death sentence […]

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F R Chowdhury   Ever since its creation the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been working for safer ships and cleaner seas. The term safer ships originally meant improvement in design, construction, material, equipment and training so that accidents and casualties could be reduced. However, a new dimension has been added to the safety factor […]

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