The Trial of David B.

David Bergman. Source: The Daily Star.

David Bergman. Source: The Daily Star.

The Trial of David B.
by Tibra Ali

“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”—Franz Kafka, “The Trial”

I was reminded of Kafka’s novel when I heard that the charge of contempt of court has been brought against the Bangladesh based British journalist David Bergman. Continue Reading

The Road to Court 21

© Ismail Ferdous/AP She came to find her sister's dead body after 10 days of Rana Plaza Garments Factory collapsedFriday May 3, 2013 in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the Bangladesh garment-factory building that collapsed last week, authorities said Friday after arresting an engineer who warned the building was unsafe but is also accused of helping the owner add three illegal floors to the structure

© Ismail Ferdous/AP
She came to find her sister’s dead body after 10 days of Rana Plaza Garments Factory collapsedFriday May 3, 2013 in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the Bangladesh garment-factory building that collapsed last week, authorities said Friday after arresting an engineer who warned the building was unsafe but is also accused of helping the owner add three illegal floors to the structure

The Road to Court 21
by Seema Amin for AlalODulal.org

“O bleating without wool! O Wound!” Lorca
Prologue: the incidental messenger
‘Now you say the income of the Adamjis, Dauds and Isphanis have increased by 40 % and the income of the s have decreased by 5 %, then you make an average and you get Per Capita Income and you say Honey and Money and Milk is Flowing in the Economy. What happens to Coliuddin, Soliuddin and Rohiuddin?‘Continue Reading

Nadine Murshid: Beauty, Contest and Context

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“[The beauty] industry affects us all… It affects us in the workplace. It affects us as students, workers, mothers, and daughters. And that is why we expect a certain degree of responsibility from that industry, because they are well positioned to make a positive difference with the influence they wield; as they have the ‘power of capital’ to create “false needs”; as Marcuse said, “totalitarianism can be imposed without terror.”
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Rupam Dhrubo: The ‘Attack’ on Sentiments

The ‘Attack’ on Sentiments
by Rupam Dhrubo

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[Four bloggers were put in jail and thousands of people agitated causing mass violence, all due to one simple cause: the sentiment of some people got violated through non-violent act of mere writings. Some people think that physical aggression as retaliation against mental violation is bizarre and barbaric but for others it is entirely justified. In this writing I explore how Farhad Mazhar and his post-modernist relativist fellow ideologues find violation of sentiment to be an opportunity to advance their goal. Continue Reading

Irfan Chowdhury: Desperate measures (that remind us of an earlier time)

Desperate measures (that remind us of an earlier time)
by Irfan Chowdhury, for AlalODulal.org

© Dhaka Tribune

© Dhaka Tribune

Some of us who are old enough to remember the heyday of the Ershad regime lament, even today, the suppression of free speech and freedom of media that we suffered. In those pre-cable TV/internet/smartphone days, BTV and Betar (Radio Bangladesh), under the strict instruction of the state, was forced to blow the trumpet for the regime, and had to be economical with the truth. Continue Reading