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Gender-based violence in the Rohingya camps

Who are they? The Rohingya, a stateless Indo-Aryan ethnic Muslim minority group, are from the northern part of the Rakhine state of Myanmar. They are not recognised as citizens by the governments of either Myanmar or Bangladesh. According to Human Rights Watch, ‘the Rohingya population is denied citizenship under the 1982 Myanmar nationality law. Despite traces of Rohingya …

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The State of Freedom of Expression in Iran

In Iran, in the last few years, both in 2017 or 2019, two massive protests against the government took place, accompanied by severe repression and the killing of several hundred protesters. As a result, Marxist and socialist accounts that expose class divide in Iranian society and show the consequences of neoliberal economics have been censored …

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The Threat of Self-censorship in Publishing

   “The Threat of Self-censorship in Publishing” is the title of the speech that William Nygaard, former Norwegian publisher of Salman Rushdie and president of Norwegian PEN, delivered on the screen at the last World Congress for Publishers, February 2018. Nygaard’s broken leg stopped him from being present in person, much to the relief of …

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An unpublished article of Ananta Bijoy Dash

Ananta Bijoy Dash was one of Bangladesh’s freethinking warriors of the pen. Through his edited `Jukti` little magazine and his books, he was able to generate widespread interest in science and logic among young people. On May 12, 2015, an Islamic fundamentalist group brutally killed him on his way to work. Shuddhashar is the publisher …

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How does a global pandemic affect a developed nation differently from a developing nation?

The coronavirus has become a major global pandemic since its first reported case in Wuhan China back in November 2019. Considering the rapid worldwide spread of the virus, it has become clear that the virus does not discriminate, thus placing nations across the world into the same boat. From ‘developed’ to ‘developing’ to ‘third world’ …

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Patchwork Quilt

(5 September 1923 – 14 January 2017) When I last saw my grandmother, Dida, she was ninety-four years old. She recited Rabindranath Tagore’s “Pujarini” for me from memory. It was a two-page long poem, written in difficult to pronounce words, and in the smallest of fonts. Dida did not forget a single word. It is …

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