Criminalising online publication

September 12, 2013
Syeed Ahamed
Criminalising online publication

Writing something online — be it Facebook, blog or website — can now become a more serious criminal offence than rioting on the street
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Budgeting during uncertainty

June 7, 2013
Syeed Ahamed
Budgeting during uncertainty

It was the last of the budgets; it was the first of budgets—last for the incumbent regime, and first for the new Speaker. And at a time such as this, the Finance Minister AMA Muhith knew exactly how to welcome Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury
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Of punishment and clemency

August 2, 2011
Syeed Ahamed
Of punishment and clemency

Yet another death row inmate, AHM Biplob, has been granted clemency by the president. This is not the first time though. In 2010, 20 death row inmates convicted in the controversial Gama killing case were pardoned by the president.
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Lie u ten ant

November 20, 2010
Syeed Ahamed
Lie u ten ant

On 13 November 2010, the opposition leader Khaleda Zia accused the government of ‘forcefully and disgracefully evicting her’ from her cantonment residence. Ironically the same day, some Awami League leaders thanked her for ‘upholding the rule of law’ by vacating the house ‘willingly’. In the press briefing, the lamenting opposition leader said, “I feel harassed,...
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Socialism debate

October 22, 2010
Syeed Ahamed
Socialism debate

A spectre looms over Bangladesh, the spectre of socialism, since the Fifth Amendment verdict. In its simplest definition, socialism promotes public ownership of the means of production and distribution of resources. But as we are debating the issue of means of production, we are missing the forest for the tree. Let’s muse over Bangladesh’s experience with...
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Demystifying Bangabandhu

August 15, 2010
Syeed Ahamed

I have a confession to make — I probably do not know Bangabandhu well. Do you? All these years, I thought I knew him. I mean, how can I not know the person who inspired us through our struggle for independence? How can I not know him when his March 7 speech still gives me...
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Trials and error

June 5, 2010
Syeed Ahamed

Some 90,000 – 95,000 Pakistani prisoners of war (POWs) were imprisoned after they surrendered to the Joint Command of Bangladesh-India at the end of Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971. The New York Times reported in March 1972, that Bangladesh intended to try some 1,100 Pakistani war criminals including A.A.K. Niazi and Rao Forman...
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