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By Lisa Curtis and Maneeza Hossain Abstract Bangladesh has experienced significant political tumult in the past year and there is concern that as the national election (scheduled for January 5, 2014) approaches, street violence will escalate, jeopardizing the country’s nascent democratic system. While the threat from terrorism had diminished to some extent under the government […]

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By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Street protests in three Asian countries — Cambodia, Bangladesh and Thailand — are a vivid reminder of the fragile state of democracy in many developing countries, particularly those that do not have independent judiciaries and professional police forces and militaries. While the immediate causes for the turmoil are different in each […]

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SO Sheikh Hasina Wajed and her Awami League have ‘won’ Sunday’s ‘general election’ — an unqualified fraud perpetrated on the Bangladeshi people. Eighteen parties, including the main opposition Bangladesh National Party, boycotted the polls, less than half of the 300 parliamentary seats were contested, and voter turnout at some polling stations was as low as […]

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F R Chowdhury In spite of major failures like the Padma Bridge scam, stock market plunder, Hallmark scandal, Destiny scam etc over and above armed fights for government contracts by Chhatra League, the student front of the Awami League (AL), Sheikh Hasina and her party leaders have been claiming that they have achieved a lot […]

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by Nayma Qayum To end the deadlock, the two main parties should give all groups a voice in the political process. Bangladesh’s political crisis is not going away anytime soon. On January 5, the country went to the polls in an election that was largely one-sided. Since 1996, Bangladesh has held elections under a neutral […]

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Abu Hena ‘Common Sense’ is the name of a popular pamphlet on the subject of American independence. This 47 page pamphlet which was sold for two shillings portrayed the notion of the hereditary succession as an evident absurdity rather than as a product of natural order and underscored the economic benefits of independence. Thomas Paine, […]

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Mumtaz Iqbal Most domestic and international comments on our unique elections reeked of doom and gloom. However, this is only part of the story. Below are given some lesser-publicised comments by various institutions that have not received the publicity they deserve. The disenfranchised Bangladesh electorate may take heart that the world has not forsaken them. […]

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by    F R Chowdhury   The diplomats represent their states. They are the representatives of their head of states. They bring a letter of accreditation from their heads of state and hand-over the same to the head of the state they are accredited to. Their role and function is to develop friendly and cordial […]

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With 21 people dead, along with further human rights abuses and an absence of opposition, serious questions must now be asked of this government My cousin Amna (not her real name), a student at Anwer Khan Modern Medical College in Dhaka, is currently resitting her crucial exams and missed all her classes in the past […]

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By Md. Shamim In any democratic system of governance, elections are meant to be the means to express the popular will and to select representatives through a free, fair and competitive process. But the way in which 10th parliamentary polls was held on 5 January, we cannot except it as a real democracy. This election […]

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by Zia Hassan Faced with an impotent opposition, the Awami League carries on with impunity. “In death, Kadambini proved she had indeed been alive.” This popular line from the ending of a Tagore novel comes to mind as the aftermath of the January 5th elections proves how the opposition’s call for a caretaker government  to oversee […]

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Faisal Rahim The country witnessed a bloody, unprecedented election held by the ruling Awami League sidetracking the opposition parties. It was exclusively an AL election ended over selection of MPs making sure the ruling party’s return to power again. On Jan 5 the government held the election putting BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia under virtual […]

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