Bangladesh


Following a blueprint of their Pakistani counterparts, the Bangladeshi military is forcing political leaders into exile. On the other hand, the US government, while claiming goals of democracy in Iran, Iraq, etc, stays quite vis-a-vis Bangladesh.

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‘World Capitalism (Bangladesh) Ltd’, this was the title of an article that I wrote 17 years ago to theorize the location of Bangladesh in world capitalist system drawing parallel with the structural setting of multinationals around the world. Multinational Corporations are the institutional face of International monopoly capital, do their business around the world with their subsidiaries. Subsidiaries may have autonomy but that do work under global plan and strategy of the corporate centre or principal. What I wanted to show that the status of the peripheral countries like Bangladesh were gradually turning into mere subsidiaries in global capitalist system.

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Asian Center for Human Rights wonders why the suspension of the right to habeas corpus, the arrest of about 100,000 persons and killing of dozens of innocent persons and suspects in Bangladesh has not received wider international focus and condemnation. Since the Bangladesh army led Care-taker government took over power in Dhaka on 12 January 2007 following the failure of the political parties to reach agreement on the modalities for holding general elections, the Interim Care-taker Government rolled itself into the executive, legislative and judicial body of the country.

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Reflections on the torture and murder of tribal leader Choles Ritchil:

“I’m sorry, Choles Ritchil. I didn’t believe the evidence of your body. I kept thinking the torture report was a hysterical invention. So much damage to one corpse, it seemed impossible. No, it is impossible. Isn’t it? It must all be lies. Those human rights groups, we know they always exaggerate — just to get foreign funding and create a bad image for Bangladesh…”

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Amnesty International says the human rights situation in two South Asian countries – Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – has deteriorated in recent years. The human rights watchdog says that in Bangladesh people promoting human rights are under attack, while in Sri Lanka an escalated ethnic conflict has resulted in the killings and disappearances of many civilians. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi, where Amnesty has two reports.

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Who says that President George Bush and his men and women promote democracy only by destructive wars? They do so also through creative, unconventional diplomacy. Look at their latest achievements in Bangladesh and Nepal. In both these countries bordering India, whose ruling establishment has enlisted in the Bush crusade to save democracy (especially “emerging” democracies), the cause has hit a major roadblock. And it is representatives of Washington who have placed a mega-sized boulder on the path to much-awaited elections in both cases.

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Tattered blood-green flag: secularism in crisis

Last winter, I was filming a follow-up to an earlier project, Muslims or Heretics. With the first kuasha of the season had come, like clockwork, a new program of anti-Ahmadiya rallies. Khatme Nabuwat, now splintered into two groups, had announced yet another gherao of the Bokshibazaar mosque. The anti-Ahmadiya rallies were on Friday (baad jumma, a toxic mix of misinterpreted khutbas and hate speech). The secularists announced a counter-rally — on Thursday. At the Thursday rally, I found myself the lone cameraman; but on Friday I was joined by scores of others: stringers for AP, BBC, the usual suspects.

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