Myanmar’s Monks Gone Bad

Five years ago, when Myanmar was still under military rule, some Western and Chinese friends asked me how there could be such oppression in a country where Buddhism, which preaches nonviolence, is the predominant religion. I was in self-imposed exile at the time, studying journalism at the University of Hong Kong, and I would answer…

Guantanamo is America’s moral failure

Two months ago, men stopped eating at the American prison at Guantanamo Bay. By last week, the Guantanamo hunger strike had spread to dozens of other inmates. The government puts the number of protesters at about 40; lawyers for the prisoners say that a majority of the more than 160 men being held are refusing…

The Persecution of Lynne Stewart

Lynne Stewart, in the vindictive and hysterical world of the war on terror, is one of its martyrs. A 73-year-old lawyer who spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, including blind cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, she fell afoul of the state apparatus because she dared to demand justice rather than…

Mahmudur Rahman on the CCU

Editor Mahmudur in Cardiac Care after police remand; ‘remains on Hunger Strike’ On the fourth consecutive day on ‘Hunger Strike unto death’, He has become seriously ill. His health condition has been deteriorated than ever before. On Thursday Afternoon, he has been hospitalized in Bangabondhu Sheikh Mujubur Rahman Medical University. Later, on evening, he has…

Mahmudur on ‘Hunger Strike’

Amar Desh Acting Editor Mahudur Rahman has embarked on Hunger Strike pressing three demands Mahmudur’s three demands include 1) lifting any sort of bar to publish Amar Desh, 2) letting the nineteen Journalists of Amar Desh be released immediately and 3) the withdrawal of ‘false case’ filed against his mother Meanwhile, today (Wednesday) at noon…