When blackmailing works

October 6, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
When blackmailing works

The government backed down and gave in to the demands of the protesting pharmacy owners in an effort to show that the authorities
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Posted in Education, Health, Law and Justice, Politics, Shahbagh Movement, Student Politics, Violence | 30 Comments »

Who speaks for Shumi today?

September 8, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Who speaks for Shumi today?

Shumi is an 11-year-old girl who is still in police custody for allegedly being involved in a murder she didn’t commit. She has been charged with helping Oishee dispose of the body
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Posted in Human Rights, Law and Justice, Social Issues | 21 Comments »

Oishee: The innocent killer?

August 19, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Oishee: The innocent killer?

The gruesome murder of Oishee’s parents in which Oishee was allegedly involved has shocked us all. It is not just another murder, nor even of the double murder
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Posted in Health, Law and Justice, Lifestyle, Social Issues, Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

AL embarrasses itself over Joy

July 31, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
AL embarrasses itself over Joy

Is the AL seriously losing the plot? If you look at the way the party has tried to do damage control after Joy’s faux pas about having information that
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 3 Comments »

Kate’s baby, Rony’s rant, Salman’s TV, Joy’s prediction…

July 26, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Kate’s baby, Rony’s rant, Salman’s TV, Joy’s prediction…

It has been a good week for interesting news. First Kate delivered a royal baby which grabbed everyone’s attention and gave pleasure.
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Posted in Media, Politics, Satire | 16 Comments »

Ghulam Azam and the politics of verdict

July 16, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Ghulam Azam and the politics of verdict

So finally Ghulam Azam got sentenced. There was never any question about his guilt. As the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, he did his best to
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, War Crimes Trial | 29 Comments »

Gazipur rout: It is about the AL defeat, not the BNP win

July 8, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Gazipur rout: It is about the AL defeat, not the BNP win

Gazipur, often dubbed the second Gopalganj, crashed the AL out and returned a BNP candidate in what seems like a mini national election.
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 18 Comments »

Reshma, lies and videotapes

July 2, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Reshma, lies and videotapes

The image of a young girl being rescued from the rubbles of Rana Plaza, 17 days after the tragedy struck in was an incredible one and we shall always remember
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Posted in RMG | 22 Comments »

The mayoral election results: Is the AL situation that bad?

June 22, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
The mayoral election results: Is the AL situation that bad?

The AL was banking on war crimes trial trials, hartal misery and BNP’s poor political performance to do well and nail the political coffin of its opponents
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 10 Comments »

Is Ashraful a ‘patriot’ too?

June 4, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Is Ashraful a ‘patriot’ too?

Mohammad Ashraful is one of our more swashbuckling cricket stars who like most things Bangladeshi is inconsistent, full of swagger but ultimately fails to live
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Posted in Corruption, Cricket, Sport | 37 Comments »

Turmoil 2013: An interim report card

May 29, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Turmoil 2013: An interim report card

One more hartal, one more day of political violence and one more instance showing that politics is not taking us towards a solution. This scenario has been going on
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics | 9 Comments »

Hifazat, AL, BNP, Jamaat and other silly beings

May 16, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Hifazat, AL, BNP, Jamaat and other silly beings

What does Hifazat-e-Islam mean to the people of this country and to Dhaka in particular? To some schematic Marxists they were the proletariats in pajamas
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Religious Extremism | 10 Comments »

Hifazat: They came, we saw, they fled. But…

May 6, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Hifazat: They came, we saw, they fled. But…

The departure of the Hifazat-e Islam from Dhaka which they threatened to take over overnight after an evening and night of violence also means tha
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, Religious Extremism | 27 Comments »

Rana becomes scapegoat while the rest get off!

April 30, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Rana becomes scapegoat while the rest get off!

Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza has been arrested and we are all cheering the news. It happened the day a young female garments worker, Shahina, perished in fire
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Posted in Politics, Poverty, RMG | 22 Comments »

Rana Plaza collapse: When it doesn’t matter how many die

April 24, 2013
Afsan Chowdhury
Rana Plaza collapse: When it doesn’t matter how many die

It was a moment when the state of politics and vulnerability as far as who matters and who doesn’t in Bangladesh was made clear to all. When the Rana Plaza collapsed, the owner
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Posted in Disaster, Poverty, RMG | 37 Comments »

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