Freedom and Memory

David Bergman. Source: The Independent, U.K.

David Bergman. Source: The Independent, U.K.

Freedom and Memory

by Tibra Ali and Zahur Ahmed for

We Bangladeshis are not known for holding back our emotions — we tend to use emotional arguments as a recourse in situations where we are unable to win by rational arguments. We were reminded of this recently when the verdict of ‘guilty’ of contempt of court was awarded to David Bergman. Continue reading

Nothing’s Sacred Anymore – Ghulam Azam’s Funeral


Copyright: Awrup Sanyal

“Barring people’s sincere, spontaneous participation –their right to which is unquestionable – the overblown Janaza event serves no real purpose other than being a spectacle. It serves itself. It does not reflect upon the Dead’s soul or their lives – but upon a desperate clutch at straws by an organized political force that is drowning; it sheds light upon a scheming, listless, heartless, mindless rush to maximize – even during mourning periods and at the cost of anyone around – brand equity and relevance in National Politics.”

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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

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