Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 30

Bdnews24 feeds the frenzy: Another yellow report against the Hefazat in Bangladesh

I seem to have lost the count of the times I have been berating the Daily Star and bdnews24 for their well planned acts to morally sabotage selected sections of the society, a.k.a yellow journalism. Bdnews24 has tried opening another avenue to insult Hefazat-e-Islam. This was via a news article saying, “‘Govt needs to act …

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May 29

Garments in Bangladesh: Still Neglected

At least ten people were injured in a clash between the workers of readymade garment (RMG) and police at Shewrapara in Kafrul thana of the capital today Wednesday. Police and witnesses said a meeting on wage-hike was scheduled between the workers and the authorities of MM Shirt Garment at its factory today (Wednesday). However, on …

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May 25

In Bangladesh, it is (an unofficial) crime to be Shibir

The 25th of May was like just another normal day to the many in the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. The day was cloudy; the temperature was down; it was cloudy and the greatest fact of all, it was a government holiday. But what seemed a nigh perfect day for meeting up with friends and family …

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May 24

Amnesty Human Rights Report Bangladesh 2013: Some Important Observations

The main opposition party of Bangladesh, the BNP, nailed it when they said that the 2013 Amnesty report on Bangladesh was the tip of the iceberg. What the amnesty report has alluded to is huge, and as reports of other human rights organizations such as Odhikar and Human Rights Watch have indicated, the human rights …

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May 22

Inu, Opportunistic Minister of Misinformation

Remember Aung San Suu Kyi? She was a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Those were the days when she was an oppressed citizen of Burma. Today she is a lawmaker, the leader of the opposition in Burma. Yet the country has been witness to a systematic genocide of the Rohingya by its ruling elite and she …

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May 20

May the Almighty always be with you Brother……….

Some feelings are unexplainable. Some emotions cannot be accounted for. Shibir President Delwar Hossain was brought to court today. A nation saw his condition and millions wept, unable to do a thing. Such is the rule of law embedded in the hearts of millions of innocents, yet violated at will by an autocratic state. He …

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May 19

Removal of internet ban in Bangladesh: A hollow victory?

It was a victory for the internet activism. The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), on Sunday, informedall International Internet Gateways (IIGs) of its decision to remove any ban on the upload speed. Previously, it had issueddirectives on the 16th of May to cut the upload speed by 75% in a supposed effort to cull illegal …

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May 18

Bangladesh Police detain 19 yr old Waseema for possession of Islamic literature

Shocking are the reports emanating from Bangladesh. Here is translated news piece that set me seething,  ” A court at Rajshahi in Bangladesh sent a man and his 19 year old daughter to prison as it set a date for hearing against a police prayer for 10 days and 7 days remand respectively on charges …

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May 18

Media Blackout in Digital Bangladesh is complete

History is being made by the second. History is being made every day.  The 17thof May, 2013 was World Telecommunication and Information Association Day. The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can …

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May 18

Why should Diganta and Islamic TV be back on air again?

I feel the emptiness. I will be direct. After the closure of Diganta Television and Islamic Television on the 6thof May at 4 am, television has not remained the same. Call it prejudice or one sided, but I have seen and heard the others. And they stink. By ‘others’, I refer to the hordes of …

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