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Bangladesh And The Formula For Dissent   Image credit: www.independent.co.uk   Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious. ― George Orwell, 1984 by Sabria Chowdhury Balland        31 January 2019 The events of January 23, 2019, in Venezuela are a startling reminder of […]

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In search of a parliamentary opposition Prothom Alo English Desk | Jan 30, 2019        Absence of a strong, credible opposition in new Jatiya Sangsad (national assembly) will limit the scope for some much-needed debate on the issues plaguing the country, an India-based research organisation has observed. Observer Research Foundation has pointed out that some members […]

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File photo of the dialogue between Awami League, led by Sheikh Hasina, and Jatiya Oikya Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, at Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Thursday, November 1, 2018 Focus Bangla BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the party did not want to be invited, and has not made a decision yet […]

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The decline and fall of democracy William Milam  TFT Issue: 25 Jan 2019 The ‘state of exception’ is more likely to have been the basis for modern authoritarianism than of democracy, writes William Milam   I write this on Monday, January 21, which in the US is a holiday celebrating the birth and the life of […]

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The World Should Be Watching Bangladesh’s Election Debacle The ruling party is making a mockery of the electoral process, pandering to Islamic extremists, and turning the country into an authoritarian state BY SUMIT GANGULY  | JANUARY 7, 2019   Foreign Policy Magazine In Dhaka, people read newspapers carrying headlines outlining the general election results on Dec. 31, 2018. […]

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BNP decides not to contest upazila polls, DNCC by-polls  Tribune Desk January 24th, 2019 BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks with reporters outside the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office in Dhaka on Thursday, January 3, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune The party will not participate in any elections under the Awami League government The BNP has […]

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January 17, 2019 Human Rights Watch Bangladesh: Violent Repression of Opposition Rohingya Return Plans Risk Refugees Lives Bangladeshis hold photos of missing relatives during a press meeting in Dhaka on December 4, 2018.  Hundreds joined in the protest demanding justice for the victims.  © 2018 Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP/ Getty Images (New York) – Bangladesh violently […]

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Mending democracy call of the day Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Prothom Alo Jan 16, 2019        Electoral irregularities in, and grievances created out of, the recent 11th parliamentary elections shall not be repeated, noted academic Syed Manzoorul Islam says of the young people’s expectations in the country. In an OpEd piece published in Prothom Alo on […]

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Bangladesh’s Farcical Vote Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina probably didn’t need to cheat to win re-election. So why did she? By The Editorial Board  New York Times The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. Jan. 14, 2019 Prime Minister Sheikh […]

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Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has found evidences of vote rgging in 47 out of 50 constituencies the anti-corruption watchdog monitored during the holding of 30 December parliamentary polls.TIB has observed that the law enforcement and the administration had collaborated with the process through participation or silence. It has suggested that there should be a “judicial […]

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The Daily Star, January 06, 2019 AL congratulates EC for ‘wonderful election’ 2.6K Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Political Adviser HT Imam. Photo: TV Grab Star Online Report Awami League today congratulated the Election Commission for holding a “wonderful, free and fair national election”. An Awami League delegation led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Advisor HT […]

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182 businessmen elected to parliament Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Prothom Alo Jan 07, 2019             As many as 182 businessmen have been elected as lawmakers in 11th general election. This amounts to almost 61.07 per cent of the total members of the parliament, Shushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) in a […]

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