• Saturday, November 01, 2014

Wide Angle

Published Date: October 24, 2014
How To Avoid Catching The Ebola Virus

How To Avoid Catching The Ebola Virus

How is Ebola spread? The Ebola virus is transmitted in the bodily fluids of people who are seriously ill, who are likely to be vomiting, bleeding or have diarrhoea. Blood, faeces and vomit are the most infectious fluids, and in late stages of the disease even tiny amounts can carry high loads of virus....

Published Date: October 24, 2014
The Ebola Conspiracy Theories

The Ebola Conspiracy Theories

The spread of Ebola from western Africa to suburban Texas has brought with it another strain of contagion: conspiracy theories. The outbreak began in September, when The Daily Observer, a Liberian newspaper, published an article alleging that the virus was not what it seemed — a medical disaster — but rather a bioweapon designed by the United States military to depopulate the planet. Not long after, accusations appeared online contending that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had patented the virus and was poised to make a fortune from a new vaccine it had created with the pharmaceutical industry. There were even reports that the New World Order,...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Ebola Is 50 Times Older Than Mankind

Ebola Is 50 Times Older Than Mankind

The tiger and the elephant and the polar bear may be stars at the Buffalo Zoo, but it was a humble wallaby that helped scientists prove Ebola is tens of millions of years old, not a mere 10 millennia, as was previously supposed. The determination was made in recent years by scientists at the...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
Trail Of Darkness

Trail Of Darkness

Origins 1999 Originally called Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad (The Group of Monotheism and Jihad) or JTJ, and founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian national living in Iraq, the Sunni Islamist group forms with the purpose of overthrowing the government of Jordan. 2004-06 After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, al-Zarqawi pledges his loyalty to Osama bin Laden....

Published Date: October 17, 2014
The Shocking Numbers

Here is an update by numbers that will make you pay attention to what ISIS is doing in Iraq 13,000 The number of square miles thought to be under Islamic State control, a stretch between Syria and Iraq that is roughly the size of Belgium. Other estimatessuggest the Islamic State controls an area closer to 35,000 square miles, or roughly the size of Jordan. 1,922 The number of people killed in Iraq in June, according to government figures, making it the deadliest month...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
Exclusive: Top ISIS leaders revealed

Exclusive: Top ISIS leaders revealed

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi  His real name is Ibrahim al-Badri, also formerly known as Abu Douaa, was a lecturer of Islamic studies and an Imam at mosques in Baghdad and Falluja before he was detained by American forces on June 4, 2004. After his release, he established the "Sunni Army" militia and joined al-Qaeda. He...

Published Date: October 17, 2014
Isis reconciles with al-Qaida group

Air strikes continued to target Isis positions near the Kurdish town of Kobani and hubs across north-east Syria on Sunday, as the terror group moved towards a new alliance with Syria's largest al-Qaida group that could help offset the threat from the air.   Jabhat al-Nusra, which has been at odds with Isis for much of the past year, vowed retaliation for the US-led strikes, the first wave of which a week ago killed scores of its members. Many al-Nusra units...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Going, going… gone!

Going, going… gone!

I grew up reading the haunting stories of man-eating tigers written by the great Jim Corbett or the rousing adventures of Salim Ali spanning throughout the Indian Subcontinent documenting unknown birds. Their incredible portrayals of the unique, unscratched, unbroken and unfathomable wild India and Bengal left me fascinated to the core. As a teenager...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
The Ferguson Sign

The Ferguson Sign

The hands-up -- a sign of surrender and submission black men and boys here say they learn early on when dealing with police -- has been transformed into a different kind of weapon. "If you're angry, throw your arms up," said the Rev Al Sharpton, who travelled to St Louis in the wake of...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
When trust is lost

When trust is lost

Several dozen protesters gathered Wednesday outside the St Louis County prosecutor's office, calling for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson to stand trial for the death of Michael Brown. Inside, a 12-member grand jury began hearing evidence in the case. Nearby, US Attorney General Eric Holder, on a day trip from Washington, mingled with Ferguson...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Shooting of Michael Brown

Shooting of Michael Brown

Michael Brown was visiting his grandmother when he was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9. He graduated from Normandy High School in St Louis in the spring this year, and was scheduled to start classes at a Missouri trade college. The unarmed teenager was shot at least six...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Get back! Get back!

Get back! Get back!

An officer who pointed a semi-automatic assault rifle at a Ferguson, Missouri, protester and threatened to kill him -- a tense episode caught on video and posted online -- is off the job, at least for now. The St Louis County Police Department announced Wednesday that a police officer from St Ann, Missouri, "has...

  

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Vulture On The Scene!

Vulture On The Scene!

One morning in May 1993. Nancy Buirski was working as the foreign picture editor at the New York Times. She was looking for a photo to illustrate a story about Sudan for the next day's paper. She phoned Marinovich in South Africa. Marinovich referred her to colleague Kevin Carter who had just returned from...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
The life and death of Kevin Carter

The life and death of Kevin Carter

Born in Johannesburg, Kevin Carter grew up in a middle class family in an all-white locality. After high school, Kevin left his further studies and joined the Air Force. Four years later, he was beaten-up by servicemen for defending a waiter from abuse. He left without informing anyone to restart his life as a...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
The Bang Bang Club

The Bang Bang Club

This year South Africa celebrates twenty years of democracy since Nelson Mandela's election in 1994. However, the transition didn't take place in one day. From 1991 to 1994 violence dominated the country. While most of the media based their articles on police reports, there were four young South African photojournalists who had tried to...

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Stop Genocide!

Stop Genocide!

It was never a war. There was never a battle between two armies. It was plain murder. In the name of stamping out Hamas terrorism, the Israeli army went full scale into terrorizing the people of Gaza. Its drones rained down missiles on homes, on neighbourhoods and into busy streets. Death came swiftly...

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Oi Bibi, Washing Your Hands Of War Crimes?

Oi Bibi, Washing Your Hands Of War Crimes?

 

Published Date: August 8, 2014
How Israel violates the Geneva Conventions

How Israel violates the Geneva Conventions

Targeting, killing and collectively punishing non-combatant men, women and children  Moving its own population into an occupied zone  Imposing unnecessary curfews and closures  Exercising disproportionate use of force  

Published Date: August 8, 2014
How Israel defies int'l laws, UN resolutions

How Israel defies int'l laws, UN resolutions

Refusing to end over 40 years of military occupation  Expanding and adding Israeli settlements  Building the Apartheid Wall to take over Palestinian land and water resources  Denying the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees  

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Rogers Waters’ Song for Palestine

Rogers Waters’ Song for Palestine

We shall overcome. We shall overcome. We shall overcome some day. Deep in my heart, I do believe. That we shall overcome, Someday. And we'll walk hand in hand, we'll walk hand in hand, we'll walk hand in hand one day. Deep in my heart, I do believe. That we will walk hand in hand, One day. And we'll break down the prison walls. We will tear down...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
The Earthshaker

The Earthshaker

Top 5 Deadliest Earthquakes 1. Shaanxi province, China, Jan 23, 1556 Magnitude about 8. Around 830,000 deaths. 2. Tangshan, China, July 27, 1976 Magnitude 7.5. Estimated 655,000 deaths. 3. Aleppo, Syria, Aug. 9, 1138 Magnitude not known. About 230,000 deaths. 4. Sumatra, Indonesia, Dec 26, 2004 Magnitude 9.1. 227,898 deaths. 5. Haiti, Jan 12, 2010 Magnitude 7.0. According to official estimates, 222,570 people killed. What if we say there might be a day in...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Don't Believe Everything You Hear

Dogs and other animals can “sense” when an earthquake is going to strike: It's impossible to determine whether a dog is behaving in an unusual manner. Big quakes always occur early in the morning: The 1940 Imperial Valley quake was at 9:36pm, the 1989 Loma Prieta quake at 5:02pm. The ground can open up and swallow people: You've seen the image in books, movies and TV shows. That's not how it works. If a fault could open up, there wouldn't be...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Ancient quake myths

Ancient quake myths

Greece Thales of Miletos (6th century BC) believed an agitation of the great sea, on which the earth floats, produced earthquakes. Gabrielino Indians, Southern California Great Spirit made a beautiful land that turtles carried on their backs in lakes and rivers. One day the turtles began to argue. Three swam east; the other three swam west....

Published Date: July 11, 2014
Leaving for Beirut

Leaving for Beirut

  On a winter night in 1981, Momen left for Beirut. When I met him the day before, his 17-year-old eyes twinkled with the excitement of joining the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). He pulled out his air ticket -- probably of British Airways, memories wane so fast -- and said: “Dosto, Ami Chollam. Torao parley ai...

Published Date: May 9, 2014
A man ain't nothin' but a man

A man ain't nothin' but a man

John Henry was a man and yet larger than a man. In the history of human struggle against discrimination, John Henry has come to represent the nature of conflict, of the kind that has pitted the exploitative class against an army of the exploited. Human nature, Henry seemed to be informing his fellow workers, was not exactly of the edifying kind. And from that exposition of the truth sprang thoughts of liberation from exploitation. And what better way to bring the exploited and the deprived and the desperate together than through the symbolism of the hammer and the sickle? For the very first time in history, one might as well...

Published Date: May 9, 2014
The song remains the same

The song remains the same

He's a hero to Woody Guthrie, a warning to Mississippi John Hurt, an inspiration to the chain gang. From verse-to-verse, generation-to-generation, the story changes to suit the singer. The name and steel-driving solitude stay the same. He is John Henry, the man who "Died with a hammer in his hand”, who knew “a...

Published Date: May 9, 2014
On the track of the working man's hero

On the track of the working man's hero

The story of John Henry, told mostly through ballads and work songs, travelled from coast to coast as the railroads drove west during the 19th century. And it has become timeless. The main ingredient required for any story or song about John Henry is the fact that he worked on a railroad as a...

Published Date: May 9, 2014
The Ballad of John Henry

The Ballad of John Henry

When John Henry was a little baby Sittin' on his daddy's knee He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel And cried, "hammer's gonna be the death of me, Lord, Lord Hammer's gonna be the death of me" Now the captain he said to John Henry "I'm gonna bring that steam drill around I'm gonna bring that...

The First World War Espionage

Published Date: April 25, 2014
MATA HARI

MATA HARI

For most of human history, people serving in combat were overwhelmingly male.  It is only recently that women are getting a more prominent role in armed forces. But there is a long history of female involvement in espionage, even in ancient times. Espionage knows no gender and in fact being female could provide less...

Published Date: April 25, 2014
Into the world of cryptology and intelligence

Into the world of cryptology and intelligence

At the outbreak of the war, many nations had weak or fledgling national intelligence communities. The French government and military both maintained trained intelligence forces, but no central agency processed intelligence information, or facilitated the distribution of critical intelligence information. Russia had special agents of the Czar, and secret police forces, but its...

Published Date: April 25, 2014
The real James Bond

The real James Bond

Sidney Reilly's name may not be that fearsome, but his nickname is a whole different kettle of poison darts: the Ace of Spies. He is considered to be the first super-spy and the most likely real-life inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond. His life is shrouded in mystery, myth and maybes, but that's exactly what you want from a spy, isn't it? Born in Odessa, Russia, in 1873 or 1874, as either Georgi, Solomon, Shlomo or Sigmund Rosenblum, he made his way to Britain by either faking his own death and single-handedly saving a British intelligence expedition in Brazil or robbing and murdering two Italian anarchists in Paris for their...

Published Date: April 11, 2014
SONADIA

SONADIA

    Cox's Bazar sludge flowing into the sea smelt terrible. Our speedboat revved and took a sharp turn through the black sewage. It flashed past the wooden fishing trawlers moored haphazardly. The fishermen were lazing on the deck after the night's catch. They looked at us uninterestedly. In two minute's time, the channel water turned green....

Green initiatives near you
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Published Date: March 28, 2014
SMALL UNITS, DOING BIG

SMALL UNITS, DOING BIG

Go green! Save energy! These are the advices you get free every day. You hear a lot about green energy, recycling and protecting this and that. From government officials to NGO workers, activists, donors and film stars, from the media to multinational companies and world leaders -- all look worried about environment these days....

MADE IN HAZARIBAGH

Published Date: March 28, 2014
A cheaper way

A cheaper way

Most of us do not have the means to shop for Gucci, Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton or any other difficult to pronounce and ludicrously expensive brands. We don't have closet full of shoes to choose from before heading out to work every morning. A couple of pairs, may be three and that's it. So...

Published Date: March 14, 2014
Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air

Never Malaysia Airlines? Never a Boeing 777? Are these things going through your mind while you read or watch TV news on flight MH370 going missing somewhere around Malaysia last Saturday? And, could you be blamed for thinking like that? Well ... its not like planes haven't mysteriously gone missing before. Take China Airlines Flight 611...

Published Date: March 14, 2014
Mh370 Roundup

Mh370 Roundup

North Koreans hijacked it An act of Uighur separatists from Xinjiang The plane was used for an undercover, authority-perpetrated bombing Terrorists, any kind Pilot Suicide The Iranian connection New Bermuda triangle in Vietnam waters Aliens Cell phones are still on, no one is answering MH370 Never Existed

Aviation Conspiracy Theories

Published Date: March 14, 2014
They want to believe!

They want to believe!

 The Wright brothers Some believe the Wright brothers did not in fact build the world's first successful aeroplane. German-born Gustav Whitehead should get the credit, they say, as evidence suggests he took to the sky two years earlier. They add that US institutions will not accept Whitehead's role in the birth of aviation because...

Remembering Altaf Mahmud

Published Date: February 28, 2014
The power of a song, the life of a maestro

The power of a song, the life of a maestro

The month of February is marked with the heroic tales of patriots laying down lives for our mother tongue in 1952. The month also has everyone singing the immortal song Amaar bhaiyer rokte rangano ekushey February, aami ki bhulite paari, written by Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury and composed by Altaf Mahmud. Altaf Mahmud, a born...

Published Date: February 28, 2014
Ekusher Gaan

Ekusher Gaan

My Brothers Blood Spattered 21 February Can I forget the twenty-first of February incarnadined by the love of my brother? The twenty-first of February, built by the tears of a hundred mothers robbed of their sons, Can I ever forget it? Wake up all serpents, wake up all summer thunder-storms, let the whole world rise up in anger and protest against the...

Blood for Bangla

Published Date: February 14, 2014
The valley of sacrifice

The valley of sacrifice

    As we prepare to commemorate the sacrifices of some brave young Bangalees in that defining year of 1952, we cannot but bear in mind some other realities. Bangalees also in other regions -- India's Barak valley and Manbhum -- have lost their lives protesting assaults on their language. How many of us are...

Published Date: February 14, 2014
The rise of Purulia

The rise of Purulia

Bangla bhasha praner bhashare/Marbi tora ke tare/Ei bhashatei kaj cholecche/ Saat purusher amole/ Ei bhasahatei mayer kole/ Mukh futecche ma bole … (My Bangla, O the language of my soul// Who dares to wipe you out// It's this language// that worked for us for seven generations// And we gone to sleep in our...

Published Date: January 31, 2014
They never came home

They never came home

"More than four decades on, the sad tale of 54 Indian soldiers declared “missing in action” continues to trouble the collective conscience of men and women in the subcontinent. To these men, to others like them, we owe a debt of gratitude. The sufferings of Bangalees in 1971 prompted them to wage a...

Published Date: January 31, 2014
Damayanti's war

Damayanti's war

India's national badminton champion for three straight years -- 1968, '69 and '70 -- Damayanti Tambay quit playing in 1971, about 18 months after she got married. She had a more important job to do -- search for her husband. She last saw her husband Flight Lieutenant Vijay Vasant Tambay on December 3, 1971,...

Published Date: January 31, 2014
When tears run dry

When tears run dry

Nilanjana Ghosh Stanley was aged 35 and eight-month pregnant when she got to know that the person she knew all along as her father was indeed her stepfather. A photograph published in a Time magazine issue of December 1971 introduced her with her biological father, Major Ashok Ghosh, who had been reported missing in India's efforts to help Bangladesh achieve freedom. To her, childhood and youth were not a fond memory having less cared or somehow neglected by the high-handed father [stepfather]. But it had all been part of the reality tied with her life but now everything seemed a big lie that she was not being able to fathom. The photograph,...

Published Date: January 31, 2014
1971

1971

Unlike most Bollywood war movies, “1971” is not about valour and heroics in the battlefield. It rather centres round a group of Indian PoWs' deep yearning to escape to their homeland from Pakistan. The low-budget flick made in 2007 takes us to Chaklala prison camp back in 1977, six years after dozens of Indian military personnel were captured in Pakistan territory during the 1971 war. As one of them, Major Suraj Singh (played by Manoj Bajpai) is taken to a Pak army officer's chamber for grilling on a failed escape attempt, you can clearly see the grief and frustration in his tear-filled eyes. For refusing to disclose the names of...

Published Date: January 31, 2014
The Letter

"If the cause be just and mind be strong, No force is great, No distance long, If selfless souls with such a strength, Face hazards all, they win at length."   This was written in a diary by Dr RS Suri, father of Major Ashok Suri captured in the 1971 war. The Army had declared Major Suri as "Killed in action". Then on December 26, 1974, RS Suri received a hand-written note dated December 7, 1974 from his son. The letter contained a slip...

Published Date: January 17, 2014
Keeping Bangladesh moving

Keeping Bangladesh moving

Dholai Khal has been instrumental in keeping the vehicles -- cars, buses, trucks, motorbikes -- of Bangladesh running smoothly at a cheaper expense with a trickle down effect on the economy.   In a country where one has to pay almost equal the price in fees, taxes and freight charges when buying a car,...

Published Date: January 17, 2014
Making a big difference

Making a big difference

Selim Parvez was sitting across the table to the owner of the shop although it could barely be called a table as it was less than two feet wide. The shop? Well, it is a 144 square-foot of space stuffed with three lathe machines making auxiliary parts for sophisticated machinery. Optimistically named Rafi Engineering, the...

Published Date: January 17, 2014
Dholai Khal 'engineers'

Dholai Khal 'engineers'

There has never been a foundation stone. Neither are there any markets with marble floors or glitzy neon signs. Dholai Khal grew within a limited space, based on the need and the skills of the traders and workers there. Senior spare-parts traders talked about a market on English Road, to the west of Dholai...

  

Published Date: December 19, 2013
The last forest, its lost children

The last forest, its lost children

That was my fastest waking up from sleep. For a while I wondered where I was and why I was not sleeping in the middle of the night. I got the answers instantly. It was not raining but pouring on me, the water coming through the rickety thatched roof of the bamboo house. My sleeping...

Published Date: November 22, 2013
RAFIQ A painter first

RAFIQ A painter first

Rafiq Azam wanted to be a painter, just a painter and nothing else. At the age of only seven, he picked up paint and brush to try his hand on a canvass. He tried to capture what was in abundance all around him back then in the early fifties -- a green Bangladesh. In...

Published Date: November 22, 2013
HOUSE WITH SOUL

HOUSE WITH SOUL

In a city of concrete mess, life is not what one wants it to be. Dream, love and passion for life get buried deeply somewhere in the ways of nonstop urbanisation and thoughtless building designing. Zest for life fizzles out just the way greens and waters disappear from this once beautiful city. So, you live a life in Dhaka without loving it. Toiling inside a suffocating house of a highly congested city, nostalgia helps you find your true self. Your tormented soul thinks of nothing but of unfulfilled dreams and desperately looks to your infrequent retreat from this maddening city to nature, away in your village home or in some...

Bangladesh Genocide

Published Date: November 15, 2013
Memory and Justice

Memory and Justice

On July 4-5 this year, the Liberation War Museum in collaboration with South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University and South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF) of Brussels organised a two-day conference titled, “International Conference on Bangladesh Genocide and the Quest for Justice”. Held at Heidelberg, Germany, the conference was attended by academics from the...