Adeeb Chowdhury

How Neoliberalism Fuels Racial Injustice

What’s missing from most modern discussions of racial injustice is the overarching ideology that has amplified, legitimized, and advanced every facet of systemic racism we see today. A number of key phrases have been foundation to the international conversations surrounding this topic—systemic racism, the cycle of poverty, mass incarceration, racial profiling, police brutality, the military-industrial …

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The (Hijacked, Whitewashed, and Misrepresented) Identity of Martin Luther King Jr.

After establishing MLK Day, Reagan actually sent an apology to Republican Governor Meldrim Thomas, Jr, who had opposed recognizing MLK’s historical significance. In the letter, Reagan claimed he was celebrating “an image of King, not reality” — perhaps the most explicit admission by White America that it had actively manipulated MLK’s legacy to make him …

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To Pimp a Butterfly: Rap Music’s Darkest, Brightest, and Most Political Album

“Alright” was a song from To Pimp a Butterfly—perhaps its most famous track. It had served as a Black Lives Matter anthem upon its release, during the marches of 2015. The New York Times has described the song as the “unifying soundtrack to BLM protests nationwide”, and numerous commentators including Black American Television (BET) has …

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Azadi: Arundhati Roy’s Portrait of Terror

She argues that in the fight against Modi’s authoritarianism, India is not only fighting for democracy or fundamental human rights — it is fighting for its soul. It is fighting to protect its writers, its artists, its creators, its visionaries. It is fighting for the minds that face arrest, imprisonment, censorship, and subjugation. ‍ Terror …

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How Authoritarianism Came (Back) to Bangladesh

How Dictatorship Came (Back) to Bangladesh

“I was sitting at my desk…the doorbell rang, I went to open the door. Then these people came around the back, they’d obviously been hiding by the side. They grabbed me…I was handcuffed, blindfolded, taken away. Once I got there, I was interrogated, tortured…I was hit, I was bleeding, they threatened me with waterboarding. They …

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Why the Death Penalty Isn’t Justice

Lessons from Death Row: Why the Death Penalty Isn’t Justice

   October 13th, 1988. Two men stand poised on opposite ends of the stage, their faces contorted in forced smiles as the din of applause slowly but surely dies down. Beyond the confines of the university auditorium, millions of eyes across the U.S. and the world linger on the image of these two graceful, sharply …

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Adeeb Chowdhury । The American Nazi: Stars, Stripes, and Swastika

June 6th of 1944 was a Tuesday. But it was quite a special Tuesday indeed. On this Tuesday, history saw young Americans literally drop out of planes onto the beaches of France, sweeping into Nazi-occupied Normandy. The now-iconic “D-Day” scenes of soldiers storming the beaches began with young adults huddling, shivering, praying, and holding their …

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Adeeb Chowdhury । The Cold War Hasn’t Ended Yet. Only the Battlefield Has Changed

 A dry smile tugs at the corners of his thin lips, pressed tightly and silently together, hinting at a mysterious sense of satisfaction but yielding no secrets. A slender finger is pressed at the base of his pale chin as his narrow eyes come to a rest on the camera positioned before him. Nothing but …

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Adeeb Chowdhury । The Life and Legacy of a Sceptical Soul

Avijit Roy. The name has rapidly ascended to fame throughout Bangladesh. It has seized headlines and dominated discussions about human rights, freedom of speech, and the growing threat to secularism in this nation. This name has become synonymous with the rising presence of activists and bloggers in Bangladesh, combating injustice and theocratic dogma while living …

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Western Imperialism’s Role in the Rise of Religious Fundamentalism

The citizens of the globe today are gripped by terror at a rising threat. This threat poses danger to the lives and safety of people of all nations, and it is rapidly expanding. Lives across the globe have been lost. Tensions soar, horror is sparked, and grief overwhelms the world. This threat is religious fundamentalism, …

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