Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 31

In protest against continued detention of Adilur Rahman Khan

A generation is passing through queer times in Bangladesh. Values generally deemed sacred are now playthings in the hands of the elite in this small South Asian nation. Human rights, often taken to be among the most basic of universal rights, seem to have taken on a whole new meaning. So has that tenet on …

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Aug 29

On this 115th day, I demand a free Diganta

  In the midst of a shut down on its broadcasting services, private television channel Diganta Television completed the fifth year since its commencement into the television media scene in Bangladesh. Diganta Television officially started its journey on the 28th of August 2008 at a ceremony held in present day Bangabandhu International Convention Centre where erstwhile …

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Aug 27

Shawkat Afsar: Victim of state sponsored Shibir-o-phobia narrative in Bangladesh

With the arrest of Shawkat Afsar, the police seem to have tried to create another ‘Joj Mia’ drama, lamented his maternal uncle and Cox’s Bazaar Zila Awami League Science and Technology Affairs Secretary Engineer Badiul Alam. Arrested for delivering a letter in which he allegedly threatened to bomb and blow up the Egyptian embassy, Shibir …

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Aug 25

New terrorist outfit BEM based in house of local Awami League leader !

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Friday claimed that banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was operating in the country under a new name, BEM. The elite force arrested the three operatives of the BEM from a house at Thanthania in the district town on Thursday afternoon. While briefing reporters at the press conference, director …

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Aug 24

Sayyid Qutb: Brother, you are free behind these gates

Let me share a post that a dear friend posted on social media: There are so many innocent fellow Muslims imprisoned for their Islamic views and stance globally (e.g Bangladesh, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE).  I wish we could hear what they are thinking. I just came across a poem that Sayyid Qutb wrote when he was in …

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Aug 22

Reblog: The Chemical Attack & Massacre of Damascus #SyriaBleeds

Reblogging this from the following post: Aug 21, 2013 – At approximately 3:00am this morning in Damascus, a year to the day after Obama’s infamous “red line” speech warning Assad about using chemical weapons, and as a specialized UN inspection team sleep in their hotels in Damascus, ostensibly there to investigate a CW attack 6 months …

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Aug 21

A story of The Ignorant Barrister and Human Rights Watch

Almost all parties with arguments for and against the International Crimes Tribunal which was set to try the war criminals of 1971 are unanimous in agreement that the government did not invest adequate resources in the materialization of the tribunal, whether through allocation of funds or the necessary expertise. Both sides have independently raised concerns …

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Aug 18

Shibir-o-phobia, the forced narrative in Bangladesh

It is fair to say that Bangladesh is in a grip of a phobia. I would personally like to label it as Shibir-o-phobia, which I characterize to be the unreasonable fear of Shibir / Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir. Take for example the cases below, Case Study-1: The Daily Star, in its somewhat presumptive articleheaded, “Shibir …

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Aug 17

A complete movement in Egypt: Where leaders lead from the front

Asma Beltagy (17) died at Rabaa, victim of a massacre of immense proportions. She was daughter of senior Brotherhood Leader and Freedom and Justice Party General Secretary Mohamed El-Beltagi. She was among more than 2200 proud martyrs who were decimated at Rabaa Al Adaweiyya square and Nahda Square. Asma Beltagy In the countrywide demonstrations that …

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Aug 16

Shibir activist Khalilur dreamt of becoming a barrister. A bullet ended it all.

Khalilur Rahman (22) dreamt of being a barrister. He dreamt of changing the society, of helping poor children to change their lives through education. His dreams were erased forever as a police bullet, which was meant to protect him, was used to kill him instead. The nation lost a son who wanted a better future …

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