Rajshahi, Islami Chatra Shibir activists beat policeman with his helmet © Focus Bangla
Deep Politics 3: Beware! Dark times ahead for the Liberation War bloc!
By Faruk Wasif , Translated by Tibra Ali
What was cat became a handkerchief. The movement to eliminate atheists has emerged as the opposition to the movement to bring the war-criminals to justice. The League government, mired in corruption and having betrayed the Shahbag movement, has no option but to compromise. Continue reading
Scanned copy of KALAM newspaper
For any non-Bangladeshis even remotely following politics and events in that country, it is clear that the situation on the ground is getting very bad. But not to worry. When things get too problematic, you know you can always rely on your armchair activist brothers across the border to speak up for you. Heard that before? If not from us your interfering neighbors, from your domestic dalals
selling your country’s interests? Well, here’s news about an unusual show of support just a hop and a skip away from Satkhira. Continue reading
The hunger strike began at 10:30 pm on March 26th.
Hunger Strikers (clockwise): Joy, Deep, Niloy, Shubhra, Akash, Alif. [Image: Rahman Piash FB]
The hunger strikers of Shaheed Rumi Squad
opened a divide within the Shahbag movement, as pro-AL bloggers went on the attack
. But this is good. Let the opportunists depart, let AL move away from Shahbag. Perhaps these seven hunger strikers of Shaheed Rumi Squad are the remaining heart of Shahbag now. A radical movement must understand that a violent, oppressive state that has been anti-people everywhere else, is not their ally in this movement. To survive, Shahbag must separate itself from AL-aligned forces.
Click on image to get full size version © Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera has published a comprehensive timeline of 1971 war crimes issue. This is a commendable effort. We thought it was worth reproducing, along with our crowd-sourced itemization on what is missing.
Image: Awrup Sanyal
Mizanur Rahman Khan has an interesting article about the potential future course of the Appeals process of the decisions being handed down by the two tribunals of the ICT. Some highlights from the article, and some of my own thought, after the jump:
So this is one side of the story. Facebook was used to incite emotion among naive Muslims of Bangladesh. A photo of Kaaba Gilaaf exchange ceremony was broadcast as a rally to vouch for Sayedee as a scholar. The Daily Star’s Zulfikar Ali Manik published a front page story with full “gotcha” vigor.
Here is the image of the forgery. Unknown cyber criminals initiated it, a few rightist newspapers published it
Deep Politics, Part 2: One-eyed world of the “civil war” roadmap
by Faruk Wasif; translated by Tibra Ali
In boxing, fighters need to be alert of each other’s every move. The hunter too targets his prey using only one eye. He is not interested in widening his field of vision. But freedom fighters cannot afford to just focus on eliminating the enemy, they must also keep an eye on the political and ideological aspects of the situation. They need to widen their field of view of the world. The political chase is not the same as giving chase to a band of robbers. Continue reading