Afsan Chowdhury

Why do we care about Gaza but not our Tuba victims?

August 4, 2014
Why do we care about Gaza but not our Tuba victims?

It’s been almost a week since the Tuba garments workers have gone on an indefinite hunger strike but it doesn’t seem to have bothered us at all. We are not silent about global events Read more »

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Ishrat Firdousi

War up close

August 3, 2014
War up close

Lt Col M Nazrul Islam Bhuiyan, Bir Protik, psc (Retd), was a 19 year old university student in 1971. This narrative was gleaned from his account in Ishrat Firdousi’s book The Year That Was. Read more »

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Kayes Ahmed

Hypocrisy without end or shame

August 2, 2014
Hypocrisy without end or shame

Sunday July 20th, I woke up to shrill and urgent screaming by the American media, two American/Israeli soldiers have been killed in the Gaza fighting by Hamas. Max Steinberg 24, and Nissim Sean Carmeli 21 Read more »

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Rainer Ebert

Banning the burqa: Liberation or oppression?

August 1, 2014
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 Read more »

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A. Rahman

Religious dress code and Islam

July 31, 2014
Religious dress code and Islam

There had recently been a strong surge of presumed religiosity or, more accurately, mimicking of religiosity and religious dress code among the Muslim women (as well as in men) in the West Read more »

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Zeenat Khan and Ferdous Khan

NASA and future Mars mission

July 30, 2014
NASA and future Mars mission

July 20, 2014 has marked the 45th anniversary of the first moon-walk. “It was 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step onto the surface of the moon that changed the course of history Read more »

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M. Sophia Newman

Eid in Dhaka, a city I love

July 29, 2014
Eid in Dhaka, a city I love

Ramadan is over, and Eid-ul-Fitr is here again. Among all holidays, I think this might be the best. It involves feasting in new clothes, which of course is to be relished. Read more »

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Nadia Chowdhury

Cinema and literacy

July 28, 2014
Cinema and literacy

Let it be known to all and sundry, I am a cinema enthusiast.

Ever since my childhood, Madhuri Dixit’s swinging hips and Salman Khan’s flexing abs Read more »

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Shudha Chowdhury

Rape: The male perspective

July 27, 2014
Rape: The male perspective

The topic of rape is a taboo and hardly ever spoken about in family settings in Bangladesh, and even in those rare situations when it is talked about, people almost exclusively refer to women being raped by men. Read more »

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