Road to perdition: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

July 17, 2014
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Road to perdition: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

War and religion have always had an intricate and complicated relationship: war has historically been an instrument to progress ideology
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Posted in International, War and conflict | 6 Comments »

Fair and dubious

September 29, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Fair and dubious

I love coming to Bangladesh. After going through the long lines at the airport and the chaos at the luggage claim, I feel a sense of attachment that only a country you grew up in can provide
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Posted in Lifestyle, Women's Rights | 26 Comments »

Fear and loathing on the Border

September 11, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Fear and loathing on the Border

It took only a few seconds for Amiya Ghosh to shoot a 15-year-old girl, Felani who was crossing over a border fence. It took four hours
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Posted in Bi-lateral Issue, Human Rights, Law and Justice | 18 Comments »

The curious case of caretaker government

July 30, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
The curious case of caretaker government

“Awami League will rig this election,” blurted out my Jamaati friend as he sunk his teeth into a Tk 2500 smoked salmon sandwich.
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Democracy | 10 Comments »

Along came Reshma

May 19, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Along came Reshma

When the planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City, I was tucked away in one corner of the Midwest, where the only previous Bengalis included
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Posted in Disaster, RMG | 10 Comments »

For the love of engineering!

April 26, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
For the love of engineering!

As Bangladeshis, we need to have a thick skin and a general appreciation for absurdity to understand our political scene. However, even after growing up in such a culture
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Politics, RMG, Satire | 15 Comments »

Cats be damned: Social media and social responsibility

March 30, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Cats be damned: Social media and social responsibility

“Is your country on the verge of a civil war?” asked a meticulously dressed diplomat. I was confused for a second, thinking this person may have thought that I was from Kenya
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Posted in AL/BNP/Jamaat, Media, War and conflict | 6 Comments »

Democracy and the Jamaat-e-Islami dilemma

February 26, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Democracy and the Jamaat-e-Islami dilemma

If half-baked plans were a form of culinary art, surely the current government would be chefs of the highest order with its half-baked posturing
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, Democracy, Shahbagh Movement, War Crimes Trial | 15 Comments »

In us we trust: The Shahbagh protest and its utility

February 11, 2013
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
In us we trust: The Shahbagh protest and its utility

A young man on the edge of Shahbagh circle looked straight at me and yelled out “Revolution!” with the same vigour and sentimentality of a young Che on a motorbike.
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Posted in 1971, AL/BNP/Jamaat, War Crimes Trial | 9 Comments »

Secularism and Islam: The myth and the reality

December 19, 2012
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Secularism and Islam: The myth and the reality

In the last few weeks, Jamaat-backed organizations have attacked police officers left and right. The government has suggested that these attacks are pre-planned, with the goal of generally de-stabilizing society.
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Posted in Politics, Religion | 22 Comments »

Risks and pay offs of American foreign policy in Burma

November 23, 2012
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Risks and pay offs of American foreign policy in Burma

Recently, the newly re-elected US president Barack Obama visited Burma, which has been the most run of the mill rouge states in this region for a long time.
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Posted in International | 3 Comments »

Death from above: The dilemma of drone strikes

October 19, 2012
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Death from above:  The dilemma of drone strikes

When the United States ratified the Geneva Conventions in 1955, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations categorized the agreements as follows
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Posted in International | 3 Comments »

The clash of the fictitious civilizations

September 22, 2012
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
The clash of the fictitious civilizations

After the unexpected events of 9-11, many people, both within the US government and media turned to Samuel Huntington’s thesis of “clash of civilizations”
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Posted in Religious Extremism | 6 Comments »

The foolishness of mob justice

September 13, 2012
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
The foolishness of mob justice

The rubble of the U.S. consulate is still burning in Benghazi. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats in the consulate have died in the attack on the consulate.
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Posted in International | 10 Comments »

Fighting our wars in peace: In search of a ‘just’ war

September 8, 2012
Jyoti Omi Chowdhury
Fighting our wars in peace: In search of a ‘just’ war

War and religion have always had an intricate and complicated relationship: war has historically been an instrument to progress ideology, acquire resources and exercise power
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Posted in Foreign Affairs, War and conflict | No Comments »

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