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

Justice works in mysterious ways: Frank opinion from a Shahbag Supporter

© Arif Hafiz

© Arif Hafiz

by Imtiaz Mirza for AlaloDulal
[লেখাটির বাংলা সংষ্করন ইংরেজী পোস্টের নীচে সংযুক্ত আছে]

The leaked verdict on ICT case against Salauddin Quader Chowdhury has substantial similarities with the actual verdict read in the court. Except for the last seven pages containing the sentencing, they are essentially the same document. Continue Reading

Death and Justice: What Might Have Been

by Rehman Asad from DEMOTIX

Photo by Rehman Asad from DEMOTIX

Death and Justice: What Might Have Been

By Shafiqur Rahman for AlaloDulal

There was an eerie predictability about the Supreme Court verdict on Abdul Quader Molla and also about the aftermath. Even the domestic and international reactions could also be foreseen given all that have transpired in the last year. At home fires burned, people died and the two nations screamed past each other. At abroad, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other rights groups criticized the trial and appeal process. News and opinion centers like the Economist, New York Times duly noted the controversies about the trial and the reactions in Bangladesh and pontificated few lines.Continue Reading

A Deadly Divide, But Not A Civil War

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In December I was discussing with friends whether the War Crime Trials would have an effect on voters. In spite of its being a central election promise, we doubted that they would. Issues such as corruption, nepotism, the energy crisis, the price of essentials, law and order or employment/education opportunities would be more likely to be important factors for voters in the next election. It’s evident now that the issue has emerged as ‘The Factor’ – who instigated, backed and helped develop it to its bloom is being debated fiercely. Continue Reading

New York: Those Protests outside Marriott


It started as a carefree walk through New York’s Times Square to unwind after a long day. Then, far off in the background, I thought I heard sounds I hadn’t heard for years and not on this side of the planet. The pulsing of slogans, and high-pitched oratory that once seemed so impressive even if one disagreed, but which now represents sclerosis, fatigue and frustration. But, that is back “home”, not here in New York, surrounded by skyscrapers and tourists.


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