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  1. Aid/Bangladesh 30 years of aid in Bangladesh
    New Internationalist March 2001

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2001
    A look into the history of Bangladesh and the existence of inequality and poverty in the country.
  2. Another view: The South takes the pictures
    New Internationalist August 2007 - #403

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2007
    A look at the states of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, and South Africa and their experience of change presented in pictures.
  3. Bangladesh: Challenge of the Students Uprising - Its historical background
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2018
    The students’ movement that erupted on 29 July following the death of two students in a tragic road accident in Dhaka spread to almost all the major cities of the country. Thousands of outraged school and college students laid siege to the streets of the capital Dhaka for a week demanding road safety across the country.
  4. Bangladesh: Of Disasters and a Disastrous Development
    Resource Type: Article
    Dispossession, disparities in land distribution, and inappropriate development strategies in Bangladesh.
  5. Bangladesh and the shrinking space for free thinkers: 'Don't call me Muslim, I am an atheist'
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    Writer Taslima Nasreen fled Bangladesh in 1994 when extremists threatened to kill her for criticizing Islam, and has been living in exile since. Her country has, in recent times, seen many intellectuals expelled or killed. In this interview, she speaks about the shrinking space for free thinkers in Bangladesh and says that Islam cannot be exempt from the critical scrutiny that other religions undergo.
  6. Bangladeshi Tribals Evicted For Tea Plantation Expansion
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    A Bangladeshi company has been accused of using armed men to evict ethnic minority communities in order to expand a tea plantation in Sreemangal in northeastern Bangladesh.
  7. Bangladesh's exploitation economy
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Before the collapse of Rana Plaza, which killed over a thousand people, most of them textile workers, there was the fire that killed a hundred at the Tazreen factory. A major cause is western companies' greed for profits.
  8. Bloggers Under Fire: The Fatal Consequences of Free Thinking in Bangladesh
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    Six secular Bangladeshi writers have been killed since November of 2014: Rajshahi University professor AKM Shafiul Islam, literary publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, and bloggers Avijit Roy, Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Ananta Bijoy Das and Niloy Neel. At least a dozen more bloggers and progressive activists have been killed and scores of others attacked or threatened with death for their progressive and secular views since 2005.
  9. Buddhist Pogropms and Religious Conflicts
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013
    Most observers would, rightly, reject the idea that there is something inherent in Buddhism that has led to the violence. Rather, most would recognize that the anti-Muslim violence in both Myanmar and Sri Lanka has its roots in the political struggles that have engulfed the two nations. The importance of Buddhism in the conflicts in Myanmar and Sri Lanka is not that the tenets of faith are responsible for the pogroms, but that those bent on confrontation have adopted the garb of religion as a means of gaining a constituency and justifying their actions.
  10. Cheap Clothing - At Whose Expense?
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 1978
  11. Coal plant threatens world's largest mangrove forest - and Bangladesh's future
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2015
    As COP21 reaches its endgame, there are plans to build 2,440 coal-fired power plants around the worl. Their completion would send global temperatures, and sea levels, soaring. Yet Bangladesh, the world's most 'climate vulnerable' large country, has plans for a 1.3GW coal power plant on the fringes of its World Heritage coastal wetlands.
  12. Connexions Library: Central and South Asia Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    First Published: 2009
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on central and southern Asia.
  13. Crisis of External Dependence
    The Political Economy of Foreign Aid to Bangladesh

    Resource Type: Book
    This book presents an informed, wide-ranging and critical account of the impact of foreign aid on Bangladesh's economy and society. The author shows the distortive consequences that, in practice, aid has on his country's path of development, productive forces, and process of class formation. He demonstrates conclusively that Bangladesh cannot continue to rely on aid as its principal strategy of development.
  14. Embassy Row Online
    Resource Type: Website
    Contact names and numbers for all embassies to Canada and all Canadian embassies abroad.
  15. Female Well-Being
    Toward a global theory of social change

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2005
  16. From Policy to Practice
    The Future of the Bangladesh National Drug Policy

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1992
    In 1982, Bangladesh became the first country to introduce a National Drug Policy based on such conceptions as primary health care and the need for essential drugs. Ten years later, it had one of the best records in terms of stable drug prices and less dependence on imported products.
  17. Interview with director of "Like"
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2016
    The director of a documentary about Bangladeshi workers who get paid to "like" Facebook posts discusses the people and ideas behind her film.
  18. Marxism and Anti-Imperialism in Bangladesh
    Resource Type: Website
    Writings of Bangladeshi Communists and about the Anti-Imperialist struggle in Bangladesh.
  19. The No-Nonsense Guide to Fair Trade
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2001
    Ransom suggests that fair, environmentally-conscious trade is not only a viable alternative to unfair free trade, but that it is the way of the future.
  20. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - May 7, 2015
    Urban agriculture and local food production

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2015
    This issue of Other Voices ranges widely, from increasing worker activism and strikes in China, to advances in battery technology that make it much easier and cheaper to store solar and wind energy for future use, to testimonies from Israeli soldiers about the war crimes they committed routinely and as a matter of policy in last summer's attack on Gaza.
  21. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter June 26, 2017
    Public Safety

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 2017
    The June 26, 2017 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter is about public safety.
  22. Pakistan: Bloody Origins of the Z.A. Bhutto Regime
    Part One: Hidden History of the 1968-69 Workers Upsurge

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013   Published: 2014
    Pakistan’s 1965 war with India over Kashmir -- a reactionary war in which the working class had no side -- was a key turning point in Bhutto’s career. The Pakistani military's poor showing provoked a bitter backlash against the regime among much of the population. Following the signing of a January 1966 armistice agreement in Tashkent, student demonstrations erupted in cities throughout the country. Despite being a principal architect of the war, Bhutto emerged as a national hero, denouncing the Tashkent accords (which he had helped negotiate) and accusing the regime of having given away at the peace table what the generals claimed they had won on the battlefield. In November 1967, Bhutto launched his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) based on a combination of virulent anti-Indian chauvinism, "socialist" demagogy and paeans to Islam.
  23. Pakistan: Bloody Origins of the Z.A. Bhutto Regime
    Part Two: The Bangladesh War

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2013   Published: 2014
    The Pakistani military expected to put a quick end to the nationalist aspirations of the Bengalis. Just before midnight on 25 March 1971, Pakistani troops led by General Tikka Khan launched "Operation Searchlight," an orgy of killing directed against the civilian population of Dhaka and other cities and towns. Working-class and Hindu neighbourhoods in Dhaka were attacked with tanks, mortars and machine guns. Using prepared lists, soldiers went door-to-door gunning down Awami League activists. U.S.-supplied tanks led a military assault on student residences at the University of Dhaka. The students and teachers who were killed were dumped into a mass grave in the football ground.
  24. Peasants and Classes
    A Study in Differentiation in Bangladesh

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1989
    Dr. Rahman shows how in Bangladesh old relations of production and exchange are changing, poor peasants are being dispossessed as the rich enlarge their landholdings, and proletarianization is making headway. Mass rural impoverishment and political unrest are the likely long-term consequences. An introduction by Dr. Terry Byres brings out the wider significance for peasant studies of Rahman's methodology and conclusions.
  25. The Prosperous Few and the Restless Many
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1993
    a collection of short commentaries by Noam Chomsky on global issues, drawn from interviews in the early 1990s. Topics include global economics, racism, NAFTA, and hot topics of the day.
  26. A Quiet Violence
    View from a Bangladesh Village

    Resource Type: Book
    In this book, two Bengali-speaking Americans take the reader to a Bangladesh village where they lived for nine months. There the reader meets some of the world's poorest people, and some of the not-so-poor people who profit from their misery. This book describes the quiet violence of needless hunger.
  27. Recovering Nonviolent History
    Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles

    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 2013
    Essays showing, in considerable detail, the varied roles played by civil resistance in fifteen liberation struggles in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
  28. The Rising Seas
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1990
  29. The Socialist Register 1971
    Volume 8: A survey of movements and ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    First Published: 1971
  30. Storming Heaven
    1968 Revisted

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2008
    The eruptions of 1968 challenged the power structures north and south, east and west. Countries in each continent were infected with the desire for change. Hope reigned supreme.
  31. Tailoring to Needs: Garment Worker Struggles in Bangladesh
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2010
    The class struggle in Bangladesh is fought at a consistently high level and concentrated in the ready made garment (RMG) sector, the country’s dominant industry. Mainly unmediated by trade unions, struggles frequently assume an explosive character.
  32. They Are Still Killing Trade Union Leaders
    Global Capital's Death Squads and Night-Riders

    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2012
    Question: So what happens these days in developing countries when a prominent, charismatic union activist - with the courage to stand up to sinister, government-supported business groups who have, on more than one occasion, already threatened his life - attempts to get the country’s underpaid, under-benefited workers to join a labor union? Answer: They kill him.
  33. "What followed horrified us beyond our wildest imaginations": an eyewitness account of the Bangladesh student protests
    Resource Type: Article
    First Published: 2018
    Like other high school students, Abdul Karim Rajib, 18, and Dia Khanam Mim, 17 had many hopes and dreams for their lives. One had hoped to become an army officer, the other, a banker. On July 29, 2018, around noon, the two teenagers were killed in the streets of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, by three buses speeding against each other for no reason other than to arrive first and cram as many passengers into their already overcrowded interiors, for maximum profit.
  34. World Minorities
    Resource Type: Book
    First Published: 1977
    An account "of the plight today and the problems of some of the world's oppressed minorities".
  35. The Young Man Was
    Part 1: United Red Army

    Resource Type: Film/Video
    First Published: 2012
    The start of a film trilogy that traces 1970s ultra left movements' turn to violence; Part One is based on the negotiations of the 1977 JAL hijacking, between the Japanese Red Army members on board the plane and the Dhaka control tower in Bangladesh.

Experts on Bangladesh in the Sources Directory

  1. Asian Development Bank
  2. Partners in Population and Development
  3. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
  4. United Nations

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