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Shahidul Alam

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    Breaking the law

    by Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on April 11, 2021

    THE Cairo trip last month had been my first overseas visit in over a year. My previous trip to Egypt had ended just before Tahrir...

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    I didn’t eat the bananas

    Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on February 08, 2021

    I ALWAYS take a window seat on day flights. The ‘fasten seatbelt’ sign is my cue to peer into the watery landscape that the plane...

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    As Mujib watches helplessly

    Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:18am on December 16, 2020

    I entered the giant graveyard. It was quiet except for my own footsteps but, in my head, I could hear the screams. Rows of blackened...

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    Holding on to the moral compass

    Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on October 25, 2020

    THE boat was headed North from Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong island. It was 1986, and the big outflow of Bangladeshi migrants hadn’t really begun....

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    Who lives, who dies, who decides?

    Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on October 15, 2020

    ‘PAPA, are you crying?’ were the last words popular Awami League councillor Akramul Haque’s daughter had said to him. The family then heard the gunshots....

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    Making us pay with our lives

    Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on June 18, 2020

    ‘Could you get a small size pizza and some French fries for Zafrullah and send to GK? He is not eating and maybe a change...

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    The humble Bishop

    by Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on May 20, 2020

    IT WAS an unusual mix. Two priests, a nun, two devout Catholics, and me, a heathen. We cooked and cleaned and shared small tasks, and...

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    The virus doesn’t but the powerful do

    by Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on May 03, 2020

    LOUD and angry, the child’s voice reverberates along the Dhanmondi streets. Unlike the other cries, this one quickly recedes before I can turn on my...

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    The Gonoshasthya Kendra’s Corona Test Kit. Cui Bono?

    by Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on April 28, 2020

    CUI Bono is often a good starting point in an investigation. Literally meaning ‘who benefits?’ Whoever appears to have the most to gain from a...

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    Shafiqul Islam Kajol, a journalist who got too close

    by Shahidul Alam | Updated at 12:00am on April 11, 2020

    ‘REPEAT a lie often enough and it becomes the truth’, is a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels. The Bangladesh government...

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