Bangladesh Tomorrow: Rethinking Left Politics

Bangladesh Tomorrow: Rethinking Left Politics

Professor Anu Muhammad, Nazrul Islam, Naeem Mohaiemen, Ahmed Shamim, Dina Siddiqi, and Nayma Qayum talked on various sides of the issue at a seminar on  ‘Bangladesh Tomorrow: Rethinking Left Politics’ at the Graduate Center, CUNY on Tuesday, January 28th.  It was moderated by Humayun Kabir. Most of the attendees were, naturally, of Bangladeshi origin. The … Read more…

Bangladeshis Build Careers in New York Traffic

Bangladeshis Build Careers in New York Traffic

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN Above a Korean fried chicken restaurant in Jackson Heights, Queens, Showkat Khan worked the room of mostly Bangladeshi men, speaking Bengali with a few English phrases mixed in, his enthusiastic message of opportunity broadcast through a crackling amp. At one point, he held aloft a copy of New York City’s Civil Service … Read more…

Anushay Hossain – A Bangladeshi Blogger

Anushay Hossain

Anushay Hossain is a Bangladeshi blogger & journalist based in Washington, DC.  She launched Anushay’s Point in 2009, and her work is regularly featured in Forbes Woman, Huffington Post, & the Shriver Report. She is also the online editor for Click Ittefaq, the English version of Bangladesh’s oldest national newspaper, the iconic Daily Ittefaq. Anushay spent a decade … Read more…

The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide

Bangladesh at War 1971

This year, Gary J. Bass, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, wrote a book on Bangladesh’s liberation war  and role if US diplomats with the US administration during that time – “The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide”.  This book is about how two of the world’s great democracies – … Read more…

Bangla-Pesa in Bangladesh, Kenya

bangla-pesa voucher

Bangla-Pesa is a social community-backed currency/voucher. They are only accepted in an impoverished settlement called Bangladesh near the city of Mombasa, Kenya. The Banga-Pesa voucher are only allowed to circulate within the registered members who use it as a credit system plan and are expected to repay it after getting Kenyan money (shilling) later. The … Read more…

Secret Life of Scientists – Tanzeem Choudhury

Tanzeem Choudhury

Scientists are just like everyone else – they’ve got secrets. So who knows what happens when the lab coats come off? PBS’s Secret Life of Scientists is a series of short, web-exclusive videos where intriguing scientists and engineers talk about their surprising lives outside the proverbial lab. In one such episodes, I once saw Tanzeem … Read more…

Bad Weather – A documentary on Bangladesh

bad weather

Watched the following documentary at the Margaret Mead Film Festival last December. It was Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Contender and won 2012 Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award Special Mention. We got some discounted  tickets. There was a QA session with the Director after the screening. It was a great film. It seems like a so-called unholy … Read more…