Bangladesh Prepares to Hang Another Opposition Leader

Bangladesh Prepares to Hang Another Opposition LeaderBangladesh, which is increasingly descending into another cycle of violence and repression, appears on the cusp of executing yet another opposition leader for alleged crimes committed 45 years ago. This time it is Mir Quasem Ali, a senior leader of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami Party.  Seven other individuals have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Although Quasem…

Bangladesh’s Khaleda on the Ropes?

Bangladesh’s Khaleda on the Ropes?Bangladesh's beleaguered former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was expected to surrender to a Dhaka court today, April 5, on charges of instigating a deadly petrol bomb attack on a bus during an anti-government protest last year.  It is the latest development in a feud that began in 1991 between Khaleda and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina…

Bangladesh PM’s Vendetta Against Grameen Bank’s Yunus

Bangladesh PM’s Vendetta Against Grameen Bank’s YunusIn 2012, the World Bank pulled out of its US$1.2 billion commitment to fund Bangladesh’s biggest infrastructure project, a 6.1 km. multimodal bridge over the Padma River, because of clear evidence of high-level corruption. But when Bank officials went to the government, they were ignored. Today, however, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed is charging…

Survival Struggle in Bangladesh

Survival Struggle in BangladeshAfter 24 years of murderous rivalry between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed, and her hated challenger Begum Khaleda Zia, the country has reached a new phase, an existential struggle for survival between the two women. The contest between Sheikh Hasina, 67, who heads the Awami League, the head of the coalition leading the government,…

Bangladesh to Hang Another Islamist Leader

Bangladesh to Hang Another Islamist LeaderIn the middle of bitter turmoil, with Bangladesh’s two warring dowager politicians again at each other’s throats, the country is ready to hang another war criminal left over from the havoc of the 1971 civil war against Pakistan. That was 44 years ago, perhaps setting a record for justice denied. Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, a journalist turned…

Bangladesh Polls Violence Rises

Bangladesh Polls Violence RisesBangladesh’s furious opposition allies have termed Sunday’s national polls a “farce election” and imposed a Hartal – a general strike – across the country, paving the way for more violence. Undeterred by calls to postpone yesterday’s election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed’s Awami League went to the polls despite the fact that half the country…

Electoral Chaos Spreads in Bangladesh

Electoral Chaos Spreads in BangladeshBangladesh’s latest three-day general strike ended Wednesday as an ominous harbinger for the next several weeks, with vandalism, clashes between opposing parties and crude bomb blasts as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18-party opposition alliance continues to demand that a neutral government conduct the next national polls Under Bangladesh’s Westminster-style constitution, the general election must be…