Bangladesh Celebrates 50 Years of Independence

March 25, 2021

On March 26, Bangladesh will be celebrating the golden jubilee of its freedom. Few outside South Asia remember that Bangladesh was once part of Pakistan. From 1947 to 1971, modern-day Pakistan was West Pakistan and Bangladesh was East Pakistan. They were both incongruously part of the same new...

Missing Bangladeshi Journalist Has Been “Found” — Now He Must Be Freed

May 12, 2020

Last week, 53 days after his suspicious disappearance on March 10, Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol was “found” by authorities in Benapole, 150 miles from Dhaka where he was last seen. On May 3, border guards apparently discovered Kajol, the editor of the daily...

Rohingya Refugee Camps Are the Next Frontline in COVID-19 Fight

April 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a truly global crisis, challenging even the most advanced health systems and economies in the world. But more devastation looms as the novel coronavirus has not yet reached many of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Among them are more than 900,000 Rohingya...

The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019

January 02, 2019

Bangladesh and the UN must continue to work together to improve the conditions for nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees. The year 2018 was a dire and desperate year for the Rohingya minority from western Myanmar. Two-thirds of the population that had been living in western Rakhine State before the...

Dhaka Attack Underscores Poor Response to Escalating Violence

July 13, 2016

The terrorist attack on an upmarket bakery in Dhaka could herald a more intense phase of Islamist violence in Bangladesh. In the first-ever largescale attack on Dhaka’s diplomatic zone, gunmen stormed Holey Artisan Bakery, an upscale restaurant in the Gulshan neighborhood, on July 1 and held...

The World This Week: The Age of Fear, Anger, Hate and Terror

July 03, 2016

Doomsday ideologies like the Islamic State are creating fear, which can only be countered by increasing opportunity, equity and hope. Istanbul, Dhaka and Baghdad have dominated headlines this week. All three cities suffered spectacular terrorist attacks. In Istanbul, at least 43 people were...

Implementing Climate Change Policies

March 18, 2016

Civil society organizations are ideal watchdogs to ensure climate change policies are implemented. Civil society organizations (CSO) have been the quintessential watchdogs of any society on any issue. In the fight against climate change, they represent the voices of the most vulnerable. CSOs...

Can Photography End Child Labor?

October 09, 2015

Are images capable of moving policymakers to act? Three workers are pouring molten metal in a shipyard in Dhaka. One of them, his face and body covered in soot, is smiling. He seems no older than 10 years old, and this is not a place for him. Is the photographer just a silent witness to the...

The World This Week: Threats to Freedom From Bangladesh to Mexico

August 08, 2015

The liberty of belief and expression is a fundamental right that is under increasing threat in countries like Bangladesh and Mexico. On St. Bartholomew’s Day in 1572, Catholics slaughtered Huguenots in Paris. Soon, the killings spread across France. Historians continue to debate as to who...

When Corruption Becomes Oppression in Bangladesh

May 28, 2015

Maria Khwaja Bazi explores the systemic corruption hindering the effectiveness of educational investment at a Dhaka school. A city of 16 million people, Dhaka is an assault on the senses. In April 2014, we whizzed through traffic behind the caged door of a rickshaw to visit a small private...

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