Posts by adblogger5

The Baby in the Building

Picture one of those nice sleek ads that we saw last month for Independence day. Or two weeks ago for Pahela Boishakh. Then keep the audio the same, but replace the visuals with the images from Savar. Why change the visuals but keep the audio, you may ask? Easy answer, I am a big coward. I can look at a dead body and maybe imagine it is still alive, if not for the veneer of white dust accumulated on the face and limbs. But the cries for help? Those whom we have doomed to die? I can’t handle that. So, just the video please.

Rony Plaza

Copyright: AFP/Amar Desh

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Tears of the Dragon: আল্লাহর কাছে কান্নাকাটি

During the last semester of grad school, I took a Civil Liberties course. It was a grim affair. Every day, we would enter as lighthearted students and leave sad and depressed, convinced that America was on its way to a dictatorship. However, there was one moment of genuine mirth.

Supreme Court

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Blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider Murdered

Image: Iresh Zaker. Caption (from his Facebook: "Just because someone is religious does not mean they are a Rajakar.")

Image: Iresh Zaker. Caption (from his Facebook: “Just because someone is religious does not mean they are a Rajakar.”)

The grisly murder of Ahmed Rajib Haider is a heinous crime that deserves swift investigation, prosecution, and punishment. The Bangladeshi state has impressive technological resources at its command for keeping track of its citizens and their means of communication. There should be no lack of political will to investigate this murder.

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Off tune? Off with your head.

Anger and rage. Calls for prosecution for sedition. Invoking the Constitution. Expressing concern for future generations.

All standard fare nowadays. But this time, it was from unlikely sources: Mita Huq, Sadi Mohammed, Khairul Anam Shakil, noted singers all. What has aroused their wrath?

And what does Khiyo have to do with it all?

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Who wants to Run Bangladesh for Three Months?

Former caretaker government adviser and prominent economist Dr Akbar Ali Khan on Saturday proposed a lottery system to pick the head of the non-partisan polls-time government to oversee the next general election.

“There is a need to adopt such a formula to form the election-time government so that it remains secret who is going to be its head,” he told a discussion at the National Press Club in the city.

Khan said, in this process, a list from the chief justices who retired in the last five to 10 years and Appellate Division judges could be made from where 15 would be selected.

“From the list, the chief adviser can be selected through lottery,” he said adding that the selected people will have to have interest in becoming head of the government.

- Akbar Ali for lottery to pick poll-time govt head

I can just imagine the wheels turning at ATN Bangla and Channel I.

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Hasina v. Yunus: The Shape of Things to Come

The first evidence that something was not right with the 1/11 CTG was the way all its major policies were centered about a few individuals. For a government that claimed to be needed to haul the train of state back on its tracks, all it seemed to be doing was concentrating on trussing up a few individuals and pushing them in front of an upcoming train.

The same sad spectacle is being played out now. The Cabinet of Bangladesh should and must have better things to do with its time than to discuss the alleged crimes and mistakes of one individual – no matter what his or her statute. In the Middle Ages, vindictive monarchs would pass bills of attainder against their enemies. Instead of getting a trial, the parliament would pass a bill condemning a person to prison or to death, and confiscating all his property.

We just saw the Bangladeshi version of a bill of attainder, on behalf of Her Majesty Sheikh Hasina.

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