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An Appeal from Muktomona to Keep Secular Bangladesh Safe from Religious Fundamentalism

Four Writers Killed in Six Months

With the first murder happening in February 2015, so far this year Bangladeshi Islamic fundamentalists have hacked to death four secular, humanist, atheist activist, bloggers and writers. On February 26, Mukto-Mona founder Avijit Roy was attacked from behind and murdered in the Dhaka University TSC area when he was on […]

‘Mutawas’ of Bangladesh

A hitherto unknown Islamist outfit, ‘Ittahadul Mujahidin’ from Sylhet has sent a letter to B D News office, Dhaka  threatening to kill 19 persons including ministers, teachers, cultural activists, ganajagaran mancha organizers and bloggers.

 The potential victims have been differently described as ‘satanic bloggers’, ’enemies of Islam and madrasa education’, ‘atheists’, and ‘Sylhet-haters’. This seems that […]

Plight of secular bloggers in Bangladesh: Official apathy and indifference emboldens murderous Islamic extremists

Written By: Kausik Datta

Again! Again, murderous violence against a secular, atheist blogger by vile, despicable Islamic extremists in Bangladesh!

The shocking news brought a sense of overwhelming numbness that altogether masked my usual emotional reactions at such news – bitter sadness, frustration and impotent rage, and eventually resigned acceptance. This was the fifth such incident since […]

Words are Not the Weapons That Kill

On August 03, 2015 Dhaka Tribune ran an article called Our Brand of Secularism written by Towheed Feroze, on secularism and contemporary Bangladesh.

Towheed Feroze, in the article, is “compelled” to ask whether Mukto-Mona critiqued one religion or all faiths–but couldn’t be bothered to visit the website to research this. He dismisses the notion (noted by […]

Statement on the murder of “Niloy Neel”

Following the murders of Rajeeb Haider, Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahmna, and Ananta Bijoy Das, today, the Mukto-Mona writer, blogger, and activist Niloy Neel has been hacked to death. He wrote in Mutko-Mona as well as in Istishon, and Facebook under the name of “Niloy Neel” (twitter: #NiloyNeel). In addition to writing, Niloy Neel was […]

By |August 7th, 2015|Activism|28 Comments

Conflict of religion with science and free-thinking

by Quamrul Haider(1) and Anisur Rahman(2)

Science and religion are two distinct and disparate strands of human thoughts, each operating under its own epistemological position. Ever since the dawn of civilization, religion never existed harmoniously with science and free-thinking. This is because they lie at the opposite ends of the spectrum of rational human inquiry and […]

American Jews and our non-Jewish Allied should rally in support of the nuclear deal with Iran

by Rabbi Michael Lerner

We in the liberal and progressive wing of the Jewish world must loudly and publicly congratulate the negotiators who achieved a deal that will prevent Iran from developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons in the coming years, an agreement that also promises an end to economic sanctions. We are glad […]

By |July 20th, 2015|Activism, International, Politics, Religion|2 Comments
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