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Sumit Ganguli in the Foreign Affairs
March 13, 2013
The Battle for Bangladesh: Who defines Bengali Identity?

With daytime temperatures hovering in the low nineties and merciless humidity and air pollution bearing down, it takes a lot these days to draw residents of Dhaka, Bangladesh, out into the streets. And that makes the recent demonstrations in the city’s Shahbag neighborhood all the more remarkable. For the past several weeks, thousands have rallied in this nondescript area around a single issue: bringing to justice the collaborators who, in early 1971, helped the Pakistani military put down the Bengali nationalist movement in the country’s eastern half. More…

Becka Hudson in the Occupied Times, UK
March 07, 2013
Protests escalate in Bangladesh
Since early February this year, the streets of Dhaka have been filled with protesters. Tens of thousands of voices merge in roaring chants. Along the roadside, protesters perform poetry, songs, and theatre pieces. Candles and torches illuminate the faces of old and young, rich and poor. More…

Tahmima Anam in The Guardian, UK
February 12, 2013
Shahbag Protesters Versus the Butcher of Mirpur
Since Bangladesh’s independence, the state had done little to bring people such as Mollah to justice. The erasure of the war began in 1972 with the granting of amnesty to the Pakistani army officers who led the killings. During the decades of political turmoil that followed in Bangladesh, the war, and its crimes, were buried, while one regime after another contributed to the rehabilitation of the Jamaat party. Internationally, charges of genocide were never formally brought to the United Nations. The world quickly forgot the Bangladesh war.

That is why Mollah flashed his victory sign outside the courthouse. More…

Nick Cohen in The Guardian, UK The agonies of Bangladesh come to London
The Shahbag junction in Dhaka has become Bangladesh’s Tahrir Square. Hundreds of thousands of young protesters are occupying it and raging against radical Islamists. Even sympathetic politicians cannot control the movement. The protesters damn them as appeasers, who have compromised with unconscionable men. More ..

Jim Yardley in New York Times, February 12, 2013
Politics in Bangladesh is jolted by daily demonstrations
The protests are entwined with a rising patriotism among many young Bangladeshis, who are proud of their country???s progress even as they often distrust the established political parties. This is something different and something new, Mr. Bhattacharya said of the protests. This is the rise of a new social force that can change the political calculus in the country. More..

BBC News Asia, February 08, 2013
Huge Bangladesh rally seeks death penalty for war crimes
Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have joined protests in Dhaka to demand the death penalty for a political leader convicted of war crimes. More…

ThoughtMarrow, Feb 09, 2013
Undermined, Misrepresented- Bangladesh???s Fight for Justice Will Not Yield
Many knew, and indeed know, that if the criminals are imprisoned they will utilise their economic wealth and political clout to escape their sentence, abusing the loopholes of the notoriously corrupt political system to be free again. So the people of Bangladesh, from all walks of life, took to the streets in protests that began on Tuesday, organised by the Bloggers and Online Activists Network. More…

Anushay Hussain in Forbes Woman, February 13, 2013
The Female Factor: Bangladesh Protests Break Boundaries
It is over a week now that crowds refuse to die down in Shahbagh Square in the heart of Dhaka, Bangladesh. More..

Anis Ahmed in Reuters Friday, February 8, 2013
Bangladeshi war crimes protesters turn anger towards feuding politicians
About 100,000 people rallied in Bangladesh’s capital on Friday to vent their anger at the country’s feuding politicians, the fourth day of protests after an Islamist leader convicted of war crimes was spared execution. More..

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