Archive for May, 2007

BNWLA Hostel Appeal

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Andrew Morris and Julietta Schoenmann are education consultants who have been working in Bangladesh since 1998. Earlier this year they took up a formidable personal fundraising cause. They want to raise £330,000 in support of the Bangaldesh National Women’s Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA).
This money will go towards the building of a new hostel for women and […]

They Be Plucky

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Three blogs by VSO volunteers that made me marvel at their writers’ pluckiness, forthrightness, writing skills, powers of endurance, and at the same time hanker to be back deep in da ‘desh:
Mikey Leung
Live it Lively
Bangladesh Barta

Elite Perceptions of Poverty

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Why is poverty not an urgent priority for the Bangladeshi elite? Naomi Hossain, author of Elite Perceptions of Poverty in Bangladesh (UPL 2005), offers three explanations. First, and most importantly, because poverty presents no imminent threat to elite well-being through, for example, crime, epidemic disease, revolt or insurrection. Second, lack of faith in the state […]

Himal Banned

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

The South Asian current affairs magazine, Himal (edited by the redoubtable Kanak Dixit), has been banned in by the Emergency Government in Bangladesh following the publication of two articles in it’s May 2007 edition. The expunged articles can be found on Himal’s site:
The Dhaka regime’s […]

Long Shot Kick de Bucket

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

One less bigot in the world: clerical fascist gone to meet his maker.

Tasneem Khalil Arrested

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Bangladeshi journalist and blogger, Tasneem Khalil has been picked up from his Dhaka home and detained by military police. Tasneem has fearlessly, some would say recklessly, reported the spate of extra-judicial killings and detentions that have increased in frequency since the military-backed takeover of Bangladesh earlier this year.
Tasneem is a brilliant and uncompromising journalist (CNN, […]

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