Blockade – A documentary by Arif Yousuf

Blockade – A documentary by Arif Yousuf 85 Minutes, 2015 The Blockade documentary is a story of how Quaker and Jewish activists along with Bangladeshi expats shed light on the Nixon administration’s covert support of the genocide in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) in 1971. Equipped with just canoes and paddles, the young activists risked everything … Read more…

A Woman’s War: Bangladesh

Elizabeth D. Herman is a New York based freelance photographer and researcher. Since 2010, she has been working on a photography and oral history project called, ‘A Woman’s War‘ – which documents the lives of women engaged in recent conflicts worldwide, as well as their struggle for justice, rights, and their identity as female fighters. … Read more…

William Ouderland – A ‘Bir Protik’ From A Distant Land

William A.S. Ouderland

William A.S. Ouderland (1917-2001) was a Dutch-Australian commando officer who actively took part in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. He was awarded the fourth highest gallantry award, the Bir Protik, by the government of Bangladesh. He is the only foreigner to receive this honorary award. I was wondering about him for a while…found some … 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…