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CHT: Beyond Narratives

In CHT, Genocide Prevention, Politics on 24 June 2008 by Incidental Blogger Tagged: , ,

Several blog posts have been written in the recent months since the Sajek incident in CHT (Chittagong Hill Tracts) followed by two well-publicised fact finding reports. These reports also brought the Kalpana Chakma campaign in the forefront, once again, reviving her cause in the public domain. While activists are mobilising, organising, speaking for justice, the establishment decided to strike again. This week, five more activists including Alakesh Chakma and Ani Bikash Chakma have been picked up by “plain clothes” security personnel. No charges have been filed; no right to an attorney; no one even knows where they have been taken. They simply disappeared. [Update: according to one unverified report, they have been released after three days of detention in an undisclosed location]. Read More »

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Proposed EU Directive with Possible Human Rights Implications

In Directive, European Union, Immigration on 1 June 2008 by Incidental Blogger Tagged: , , , , ,

I just came across the news of a proposed European Union Directive which is going to be submitted before the European Parliament on 18 June 2008. This is the very first Directive subjected to the co-decision procedure seeking EU Parliament’s involvement in EU law making, which, quite ironically, was aimed at ameliorating the perceived democratic deficits in the European system. The Directive in question will be dealing with issues of deportation and detention of “illegal” immigrants.

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Microcredit, Poverty, and the Merchant of Venice

In Micro Credit, Social Business on 17 May 2008 by Incidental Blogger Tagged: , , , ,

Without resorting to any research jargon let me start by saying that on a number of occasions I had the opportunity to talk to ‘microcredit’ borrowers. From them, I particularly wanted to know more about microcredit and its effects on their lives. Some of the stories they told, were both enlightening and disturbing. Strangely, these stories reminded me of Shylock, the vicious money lender in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. This post is generally about Microcredit and its uncritical acceptance.

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"Responsibility to Protect" and Coercive Aid Intervention

In Genocide Prevention, Myanmar, Responsibility to Protect on 12 May 2008 by Incidental Blogger

This is an interesting piece on “responsibility to protect” type interventions under international law to deliver post-disaster emergency humanitarian assistance:

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Food Price Crisis Triggers Questions about Global Food Security

In Food Security on 5 May 2008 by Incidental Blogger

[by Zachary Sugg at World Resources Institute]

 

Skyrocketing food prices have triggered riots across the developing world and forced the world’s largest food aid agency to confront a $500 million deficit. The media are focused on short-term consequences, but there are also concerns about the long-term forecast for global food security, poverty, and hunger.

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Thoughts on "Generation Bangladesh" Article in The Daily Star

In Generation, Ideology, Leadership, Politics on 28 April 2008 by Incidental Blogger

[the post is written in first person as an open letter to the article author]

 

Dear Salahuddin,

 

I have recently read this Daily Star article of yours with interest. Otherwise an intriguing piece, I am somewhat at a loss on some of the points. I would only discuss three of them:

 

 

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You wrote about Generation-B enthusiastically but you did not tell us the values they actually stand for, or the kind of principles they adhere to. You see, “ideologies” or their “baggages” are not necessarily bad things. Nations moved, nations shaked, nations aspired–not always with mobile phones or laptops. For examples do please look at the emerging economies of the last few decades or you may want to go even a bit further back in the history. Just because someone carries a mobile phone and a laptop does not mean that you have a world leader in the making.
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Bangladesh Genocide Archive Online: An Appeal

In Documentation, Genocide, History on 26 March 2008 by Incidental Blogger Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 

Here is the link: www.genocidebangladesh.org

 

Our heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved in this mammoth initiative. A solid contribution indeed; one of the decisive early steps that would take us a long way towards justice for 1971. As said, it is a “continuing and collaborative” project. So in the end it is up to all of us to make sure that this archive excels.

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