The Yulin Dog Meat Festival and our double standards

June 21, 2015
Rainer Ebert
The Yulin Dog Meat Festival and our double standards

I strongly condemn today’s slaughter of thousands of dogs for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in the southern Chinese province of Guangxi. Some dogs are being boiled alive, some are being beaten to death, and some are being skinned alive.
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Posted in Culture | 17 Comments »

Banning the burqa: Liberation or oppression?

August 1, 2014
Rainer Ebert
Banning the burqa: Liberation or oppression?

In 2011, a French law came into effect which makes it illegal to cover one’s face in public. Even though lawyers for the French government emphasize that the law also applies to non-religious face-veiling garments
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Posted in Human Rights, Religion | 42 Comments »

Fiddling while Rome burns: The ethical cost of living the high life

June 13, 2014
Rainer Ebert
Fiddling while Rome burns: The ethical cost of living the high life

On April 24 last year, more than 1,100 people lost their lives in the rubble of Rana Plaza. The tragedy made headlines around the globe
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Posted in Poverty | 7 Comments »

A New Year’s resolution: Dare to be kind

January 1, 2014
Rainer Ebert
A New Year’s resolution: Dare to be kind

Many know Leonardo da Vinci as the Italian Renaissance genius who painted the Mona Lisa.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

The slave market of Katabon

November 4, 2013
Shahnoor Rabbani
The slave market of Katabon

There is the kind of slavery that is confined behind closed doors: the doors of garments and leather factories, or the doors of our homes.
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Posted in Animal Rights | 27 Comments »

Masud: “I am a woman”

September 16, 2013
Shahnoor Rabbani
Masud: “I am a woman”

For better or for worse, people think in boxes. They have boxes for things, and they have boxes for people: Bengali, westerner, Muslim, Hindu
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Posted in Health | 57 Comments »

Bangladesh’s LGBT community and the UPR 2013

April 27, 2013
Shakhawat Hossain
Bangladesh’s LGBT community and the UPR 2013

“Ever since I was in first grade, I was teased by my classmates for my girlish behaviour. Back then, I didn’t even know I was gay; and being called gay was quite offending.
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Posted in Human Rights, LGBT Rights | 45 Comments »

Blasphemy and the right to offend

April 21, 2013
Rainer Ebert
Blasphemy and the right to offend

The right to express one’s opinion freely is maybe the most important democratic right, and it is currently under assault in Bangladesh. Hifazat-e-Islam demands the introduction of strict blasphemy laws
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Posted in Freedom of expression, Religious Extremism | 18 Comments »

The YouTube ban and the right road to development

November 1, 2012
Rainer Ebert
The YouTube ban and the right road to development

The 14-minute trailer of the movie titled “Innocence of Muslims,” a movie that may or may not exist, is poorly made and outright stupid.
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Posted in Freedom of expression, Media | 14 Comments »

Compassionate Eid: An Open Letter

October 16, 2012
Rainer Ebert
Compassionate Eid: An Open Letter

Dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters, we are approaching a blessed and spiritual time of the year, Qurbani Eid, which comes after millions of devout Muslims complete their pilgrimage to the holy grounds of Mecca.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 57 Comments »

Children like yours

October 3, 2012
Hasna Begum
Children like yours

It was Shahana’s first trip abroad. Shahana was a 10th-grader at an English medium school in Dhaka, and she was part of a student exchange program that had been jointly established by her school and a partner school in New York City.
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Posted in Child's Rights, Law and Justice, Women's Rights | 8 Comments »

Young Bangladeshis more conservative than their elders, survey finds

July 5, 2012
Rainer Ebert
Young Bangladeshis more conservative than their elders, survey finds

Many of my Bangladeshi friends and relatives frenetically deny that their compatriots have sex before marriage. Amusingly, about as many unmarried friends in Bangladesh tell me that they are sexually active.
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Posted in Lifestyle | 44 Comments »

The examined life: Surveying moral beliefs in Bangladesh

June 12, 2012
Rainer Ebert
The examined life: Surveying moral beliefs in Bangladesh

Bangladeshis are an opinionated people. They are generally clear on where they stand on politics, religion and social issues. Being a bideshi dulabhai, I learned this through many arguments with my bhaiyas and apus, chachas and chachis, khalas and khalus – most of which I lost.
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Posted in Lifestyle, Social Issues | 12 Comments »

Bangladesh’s invisible minority

January 24, 2012
Rainer Ebert
Bangladesh’s invisible minority

Babu and Arif have been friends from childhood. They went to school together, played on the same cricket team and had no secrets – except one, but only until recently. While they were out having phuchkas at a street stand somewhere in Dhaka, Arif suddenly slipped into an awkward silence for a couple of...
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Posted in Human Rights, Lifestyle | 195 Comments »

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