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Hedenius Prize 2017 goes to blogger Shamima Aktar

This year’s Hedenius Prize is awarded to Shamima Aktar for her work for women’s rights and integration, as well as as representative of secular bloggers and activists forced to fly to Sweden from Bangladesh.

Shamima Aktar (Shamima Mitu) is awarded the 2017 Hedenius Prize for her work for women’s rights in Bangladesh and Sweden. She is […]

We cannot support oppression

Why should it be different for individuals of a sexual minority?

Soon after the spreading out of the news, that Bangladesh has sided with twelve other member states, most of which are considered as oppressive regimes including Donald Trum’s America, to vote against an UN resolution condemning capital punishment for homosexuality, I have received a call […]

Avijit Roy: The Gadfly voice of reason

Avijit Roy(1972-2015) was a voice of reason in an age when people boast of their ignorance and lies are claimed as alternatives to universal truths. A software engineer by profession and a writer by passion Avijit Roy was a leading Bangladeshi-American human rights activist, author and a pioneer in Bengali free-thought movement.

The country of […]

Remembering Abdul Jabbar

The legendary singer of patriotic songs during the liberation struggle of Bangladesh in 1971, Muhammed Abdul Jabbar, has died in a hospital in Dhaka this morning (August 30), Bangladesh time. He has left behind millions of fans who were immensely inspired by his songs during the movement for fairness for the province of East Bengal […]

Keynote at 2017 Secular Conference 2017: Freedom of Expression and Conscience

The notion of freedom changes with time and space. At this moment, our species is standing at a crossroad of history, where individual liberty, freedom of expression, conscience, and belief have become a very important part of our existence. We are demanding equal rights regardless of sex, gender, class, race – you name it. We, […]

Bangladesh Must Stop its Descent into ISIS Hell!

Early steps towards a theocracy: Changes in the Constitution of Bangladesh

1972 Constitution
Preamble – Pledging that the high ideals of nationalism, socialism, democracy and secularism, which inspired our heroic people to dedicate themselves to, and our brave martyrs to sacrifice their lives in, the national liberation struggle, shall be the fundamental principles of the Constitution-
Article […]

Justicia has fallen- What’s next?

If anyone wonders, despite recent drastic actions against Islamic militancy, why Bangladesh has been ineffective in curbing Islamic extremism- the removal, or because of it’s symbolic significance some may rightfully argue destruction, of Justicia’s sculpture from the High Court will certainly provide an objective answer.

In the name of demanding that the sculpture to be removed […]

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