© 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
© Zaid Islam
Does this photo need a caption?
by Zaid Islam
Does this photo need a caption, really?!
Photo w/ Image Credit ON TOP OF image
Photography’s elusive credit line, and should we pirate Photoshop?
by Naeem Mohaiemen for AlalODulal
Photography’s attribution has entered increasingly contested waters as the internet has made photo sharing ever easier. Continue reading
“[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.”
The ‘Attack’ on Sentiments
by Rupam Dhrubo
[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
Desperate measures (that remind us of an earlier time)
by Irfan Chowdhury, for AlalODulal.org
© 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
May 5, 2013 © Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune
The art of dehumanization
by Seema Amin
‘A door marked enemy and no one home.’ Tom Engelhardt.
‘If you repeat a lie enough times, it becomes the truth.’ Electra, my love (1974 Hungarian film).
It will not be too overcast to say the 21st century (Anno Domini, whose 12 years and some hundred days have passed) has thus far been the century of the “enemy-industrial complex”. Continue reading