Tag Archive: terrorism

Jul 02

Observations on #GulshanAttack in #Bangladesh

Setting the context: Several days ago, article by prime minister aide and son of Bangladesh PM Sajeeb Wazed Joy in the Diplomat claiming that all terrorists operating in Bangladesh were local and homegrown ABT and JMB, and not foreign trained ISIS. In his article appropriately named “Wave of Arrests Reveals Bangladesh Terror Threat Is Home-Grown. …

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May 04

Thoughts on the East Asian Miracle and Backwardness in Muslim World

The East Asian miracle is referred to the remarkable success and high growth and development of eight countries in East Asia- Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan (China) and Thailand over a smaller period of time than Western countries. Simply put, there are two views on how an economy should run, namely …

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Apr 02

Blogger Oyasiqur’s death: Some lives are more valuable than others

In a textbook mode gruesome attack bringing to mind images of machete wielding radical Muslims attacking proponents of free speech, Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, an atheist online activist and member of Atheist Bangladesh, was hacked to death in Dhaka by three cleaver wielding bearded youths on the 30th of March, 2015. It brought to memory the …

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Mar 24

[STATEMENT] Ongoing strike-blockade part of global terrorism: Hassan Mahmud

DHAKA : Publicity and Publication Affairs Secretary of the ruling Awami League Dr Hassan Mahmud yesterday said ongoing strike-blockade programme of BNP-Jamaat is a part of international terrorism, reports BSS. “Khaleda Zia should be arrested for unleashing violence, hurling bombs in the name of movement….it is the demand of the people to arrest her for …

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Jan 21

Shibir activist Jobayer, another victim of political killing

On Monday night, the night of 13th of January 2015, Mohammad Zobaer (18), son of Mohammad Younus, and an activist (worker) of Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir, was returning from attending a mehfil (religious congregation) on the occasion of Siraat-un-nabi (term referring to the legacy and life of the Prophet S.A.W), at Chunti Union, Lohagara sub …

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Sep 20

Literacy Day Bangladesh 2014: “Terrorists” imparting literacy?

Half a century ago, in 1965, the World Conference of Ministers on the Eradication of Illiteracy, adopted the concept of functional literacy.  This concept viewed literacy as a means for development, an integral part of the development process and not just an end in itself. Since then it has been accepted that literacy skills developed …

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Jul 27

OC Salahuddin Ahmed Khan: The Tale of The Top Police Terror in Bangladesh

Salahuddin Ahmed Khan, notorious police official and the Officer in Charge (OC) of Mirpur Model Thana, has a reputation of being the classical example of a thug in uniform above the law; a reminder that corrupt thugs are the norm rather than the exception in Bangladesh. This is in light of the impunity he has …

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Mar 10

The Real Terrorists in Bangladesh

In a blitzkrieg of a remark, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan defended the security forces on Saturday, at a dialogue organised by the BBC Bengali Service in Dhaka nonetheless. In response to BNP Vice Chairman Hafizuddin Ahmed’s question: “Isn’t the basic right of a man to live is denied by the crossfire?”, the minister replied: “Of …

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Mar 01

The IHS Jane’s Shibir mania. Just how justified is it?

In a press release entitled, “Global Terrorism & Insurgency Attacks Rapidly Increase in Five Years”, according to IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir was ranked 3rd among the most active “non state armed groups”. The list compiled was shown as follows: 1. Barisan Revolusi Nasional (Thailand) 2. Taliban 3. Islami Chhatra Shibir …

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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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