South Asia: Royally raped

January 16, 2013
Rubana Huq
South Asia: Royally raped

The woman behind the wheels was a golfer with a handicap of 14. She hummed, took breaks and told me her story while driving me to the next province in her shiny SUV.
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Posted in Women's Rights | 12 Comments »

Price tag for murder

November 26, 2012
Rubana Huq
Price tag for murder

The owner of Spectrum, a factory that collapsed in 2005 resulting in 62 deaths has apparently been having nightmares for the last seven years.
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Posted in RMG | 57 Comments »

Project: Public Eye Wash

October 11, 2012
Rubana Huq
Project: Public Eye Wash

While arrests happen, while bails are denied, while ministers brief the press, and while Anti Corruption Commission clears suspects, regular people like us simply sit and wonder if we are actually being subjected to hypnosis
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Posted in Corruption | 14 Comments »

The precariat vs. www.shortcut.gov

September 26, 2012
Rubana Huq
The precariat vs. www.shortcut.gov

A German Pastor Martin Niemöller, who was imprisoned from 1941 to 1945 at Dachau concentration camp once cautioned
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Posted in Politics, Power | 5 Comments »

Sandwiched, the TICFA way…

August 6, 2012
Rubana Huq
Sandwiched, the TICFA way…

I grew up on sandwiches. As a result, I have a natural abhorrence to anything that looks like a layered item. The meat in the middle, to me, looks like the repressed ‘gono manush’ while the top layer looks like our rulers and the bottom
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Posted in Development, Trade | 9 Comments »

Torture takes and recommendations

July 11, 2012
Rubana Huq
Torture takes and recommendations

The 57-page report of Human Rights Watch, released on the 4th of July 2012, starts with: “The Fear Never Leaves Me”, a quote from MA whose father worked with the Engineering section at Pilkhana barracks, was picked up, blindfolded, put into another car,
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Posted in Human Rights, Law and Justice | 5 Comments »

The Blame Bank

July 4, 2012
Rubana Huq
The Blame Bank

Adam started the blame agenda. In fact, he started the double-inclusive blame game when he responded to God: “The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
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Posted in Corruption | 3 Comments »

Media murk

June 27, 2012
Rubana Huq
Media murk

We have just been experiencing an influx of new channels. Starting from BNP-Jamaat coalition, which had awarded licenses based on political considerations, down to the current times, the tragic saga of the media scene in Bangladesh has continued.
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Posted in Media | 6 Comments »

The Professor vs. the Parliament?

June 5, 2012
Rubana Huq
The Professor vs. the Parliament?

We are an impatient nation; almost too eager to speak, eager to bash, eager to side with or oppose, eager on shoe slinging and of course eager on hyper-speculation.
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Posted in Democracy, Media, Politics | 25 Comments »

Who dunnit? Or, what dunnit?

May 30, 2012
Rubana Huq
Who dunnit? Or, what dunnit?

A couple of journalists along with a few other staff of www.bdnews24.com were attacked. Who dunnit? Dunno.
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Posted in Democracy, Law and Justice, Politics | 17 Comments »

Ashulia: The theatre of violence play

May 15, 2012
Rubana Huq
Ashulia: The theatre of violence play

Today, one Mr. Salman wants police protection, Golapi is dead and the managing director of a major apparel group has a couple of stitches on his forehead resulting from bricks hitting his temple.
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Posted in Law and Justice, Trade | 9 Comments »

The business leaders and their Chinese whisper

May 5, 2012
Rubana Huq
The business leaders and their Chinese whisper

A few business leaders met at a local hotel recently and the outcome was one of a Chinese whisper. One whispered, we are strategising for a dialogue; another sounded more formal and decided to hand the main course down to the incumbent leader
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Posted in Development, Economy, Political Economy, Politics | 9 Comments »

1419

April 14, 2012
Rubana Huq
1419

“meney lendering is khryyme; arey bhai bozsen na keno ki voltey sassi!!” These were the lines that I woke up to middle of the night, watching two participants in a midnight talk show.
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Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

The shadows of the shanties

April 5, 2012
Rubana Huq
The shadows of the shanties

Why are people put on the streets? Why does even the question of “legality” apply indiscriminately to them and not many of who defy the law and grab lands on a daily basis? Why are laws applicable to mostly those who are powerless?
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Posted in Law and Justice, Poverty | 11 Comments »

Dear Tigers

March 23, 2012
Rubana Huq
Dear Tigers

The Nation was drenched in faith on the 22nd of March. BBMs, MSN messenger, Facebook, Twitter, SMS and all the rest of the new media mode were buzzing. “So cloooooose”, “so happyyyyyy”
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Posted in Sport | 24 Comments »

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