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Thousands take to the streets of Dhaka as Bangladesh election storm grows

Fresh political violence broke out in the Bangladeshi capital on Sunday as thousands of protesters turned out on the streets of Dhaka to oppose forthcoming elections they denounced as fraudulent. Thousands of security officers attempted to quell the demonstrations that left two people dead. Twenty-one political parties, including an 18 party opposition alliance led by […]

A growing sense of crisis gripped Bangladesh on Sunday as the government closed most forms of transportation into the capital, arrested hundreds and barred the main opposition alliance from holding a protest rally. Police officers surrounded the home of the main opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, a former prime minister who leads the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, […]

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Professor Emajuddin Ahamed In Bangladesh appeal for democratic values has always been great. Democratic ideals have always inspired the people of Bangladesh and democratic political system has been their cherished goal. But unfortunately that exists, even today, more in their hope than in reality. They have not yet had the cherished goal achieved, not to […]

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Sadeq Khan Bangladesh is virtually in a state of asymmetric war between state power and people power. As is usual in such asymmetric conflicts, people driven to or prone to insurgency use their relationship with local population as a logistical base, intelligence source for battle formation and retreat, as well as a sanctuary in so […]

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M. Shahidul Islam in Toronto The power parameter of the incumbent Awami League regime is getting smaller by the day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina not only has held the nation of 165 million hostage by not addressing the underlying reasons for incessant blockades, killing, mayhem and mindless destruction of assets, her intransigence has stirred an […]

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ALMOST 42 years after the end of its war of secession from Pakistan, Bangladesh has executed the first man to be convicted of atrocities committed during the conflict. Abdul Quader Mollah, a leading member of the Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh’s biggest Islamic party, was hanged at the main jail in Dhaka on December 12th. The evidence on […]

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TESTIMONY BEFORE Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific Hearing of November 20, 2013     CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW TO READ THE DETAILS OF TESTIMONY:   1. Congressional Testimony of Ali Riaz: Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center & Professor Illinois State University   2.  Testimony of Major General A […]

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Democracy means a system of government in which all the people of a country can vote to elect their representatives. And of course a general election offers people the sweeping right to choose their representatives who will govern the country on their behalf. But the general election slated for January 5 fails to offer people […]

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Muhammad Shafiqul Islam, a bank teller, was on his way home from work in Dhaka late last week when political agitators hurled incendiary bombs into the bus he was riding. “There was a flash and I saw fire all around me. People were screaming,” said Mr. Islam, who suffered serious burns over nearly 30% of […]

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The country is once again in the grip of authoritarianism and political violence, the roots of which run deep. The announcement of the schedule for elections to the tenth Jatiya Sangsad (national parliament) on November 25 has stoked an already volatile political situation in Bangladesh. The ready reaction of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance […]

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Apparent forced disappearance of a key defence witness for Jemaat-e-Islami puts trial’s integrity in the spotlight. With the conviction of Bangladesh’s most prominent war crimes defendant on Monday, the case of a defence witness who disappeared for six months before turning up in an Indian prison has raised questions about the integrity of the controversial […]

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 At least four vehicles, including a Rab pickup van, were torched in the city ahead of a countrywide daylong shutdown to be enforced by the BNP-led 18-part alliance on Wednesday. Fire brigade sources said a private car was torched in front of Aisha Memorial Hospital at Mohakhali around 1:30 pm. Besides, a microbus was set […]

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