Human rights activist or human rights merchant!

August 18, 2013
ABM Nasir
Human rights activist or human rights merchant!

The quote “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it” seems to have been the motto
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Human Rights, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Why is AL in a self-destructive mode?

April 10, 2013
ABM Nasir
Why is AL in a self-destructive mode?

The arrest of the bloggers/activists evokes the aphorism “One doth the scath and another hath the scorn.”
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Freedom of expression, Shahbagh Movement | 5 Comments »

Presidential pardon and war crimes convicts

February 20, 2013
ABM Nasir
Presidential pardon and war crimes convicts

When Charles Taylor was being handed down the verdict on 11 counts of war crimes and crime against humanity, Taylor’s defence attorney charged the prosecutors and the judges of the Special Court for Sierra Leon as saying:
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 5 Comments »

Democracy Perception Survey: Good news for democracy, bad news for political establishment

April 15, 2012
ABM Nasir
Democracy Perception Survey: Good news for democracy, bad news for political establishment

April 3: When asked, what they perceive about democracy in Bangladesh, many participants, in a survey, initially declined to respond. A question, as complex as this one, might have put them in an awkward position.
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Democratic gains slide as special interests triumph over collective goods

March 31, 2012
ABM Nasir
Democratic gains slide as special interests triumph over collective goods

To many, development performance of Bangladesh appears as puzzling. Puzzling it may appear, yet, overwhelming evidence, showing concurrent improvement in economic, social and political indicators suggest that the performance, particularly under democracy, is a stylized fact.
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Narayanganj election: democratic process defies the prediction of doomsters

November 1, 2011
ABM Nasir
Narayanganj election: democratic process defies the prediction of doomsters

Those, who emphatically point to the frequent political turmoil as the sign of demise of democracy, must take a lesson from the mayoral election of Narayanganj City Corporation held on October 30, 2011. Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy’s victory rejects three elements in Bangladeshi politics (1) the politics of NO, (2) the politics of power...
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Internet media: emerging as the people’s media

October 24, 2011
ABM Nasir
Internet media: emerging as the people’s media

On March 3, 2005, Martha Stewart was released from jail after serving five-month for her involvement in insider trading. On being tipped off by Sam Waksal, the CEO of ImClone, Ms. Stewart sold 3928 of her ImClone shares only the day before the company disclosed to the market that FDA had rejected its cancer...
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Posted in Media, Technology | 2 Comments »

Are Robert Blake’s warning and Amini’s hartal mere coincidence?

April 17, 2011
ABM Nasir
Are Robert Blake’s warning and Amini’s hartal mere coincidence?

What could have had gone so wrong that only two years into the incumbency, the government is drawing flaks from the Western allies? At least, Robert O. Blake’s repeated warning of dire consequences on bilateral relationship between Washington and Dhaka and international media blitz against the government for ousting Yunus from the helm of...
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Posted in Politics | 15 Comments »

In denial: a scholar ignores overwhelming evidence of rape in 71

March 31, 2011
ABM Nasir
In denial: a scholar ignores overwhelming evidence of rape in 71

Allegation of rape and violence in war is extremely difficult to substantiate in the courts. Horrific news of rapes, based mostly on witness accounts, begins to surface only towards the end of a war. By that time, evidence (physical) commonly accepted in the civil courts would no longer be available. Perhaps, the absence of...
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Return of Sarmila Bose

March 14, 2011
ABM Nasir
Return of Sarmila Bose

Sarmila Bose, a denier of rape committed by Pakistani military and an apologist for Pakistani atrocities in East Pakistan in 1971, returns with (perhaps with more distortions) her new book ‘‘Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War’’ scheduled to be discussed at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC, on March 15, 2011....
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Posted in Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

Spoilers, inaction, anarchy, and return of ‘UDDINS’

October 25, 2010
ABM Nasir
Spoilers, inaction, anarchy, and return of ‘UDDINS’

A case study in the recent edition of an International Business textbook, widely adopted in the US classrooms, has brought up the issue of corruption among the high-ups in Bangladesh. The case study in the book authored by Charles Hill implicates the son of former prime minister of accepting a $5 million bribe from...
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The myth of “International Basket Case”

October 6, 2010
ABM Nasir

Sometimes myth lives on without any attempt of being rectified. One such myth that lived and thrived over more than three and a half decades, concerns the infamous statement depicting an emerging country, Bangladesh, as the “International Basket Case.” For more than three decades this myth has been erroneously attributed to Henry Kissinger having...
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Our very own Hydra

March 10, 2010
ABM Nasir

Hydra, a water beast with nine heads and poisonous breath in Greek Mythology, couldn’t be killed simply by severing its head because each of the heads would grow back. The stump of each severed head had to be burned to prevent it from growing back. With the help of Iolaus, Hercules eventually managed to...
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Posted in Politics | 27 Comments »

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