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Sirajul Islam

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Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer, Ashrai
Interests: reading, writing, travelling
Expertise: Non-profit organisation management, writing, editing, social sciences research
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Journalism: More than 20 years
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Languages: Other
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Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
Income: Less than $25K
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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

An observation of the situation By Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Moscow Centre, Moscow, after the crash of the Malaysian airliner MH17 that is widely blamed on Russia, and esp. on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The story described, at first, what advances President Putin made in three continents (Europe, Asia and Latin America) after the Ukrainian crisis unfolded, and how "the MH17 tragedy abruptly changed all that." Then he narrates what was Putin's position in his own country aftermath of the crisis, how that also changed after the crash, and how President Putin handled that "fairly successful, both strategically and tactically." Author's analysis of the events are balanced, fact-based and predictive. Good journalism.

Mr. Putin will survive politically, but will have to work hard to restore faith in him, and his good fortune. Russia may, however, avoid the blame. And if it does, then the ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Jul. 23, 2014

Whatever claims Israel may have of “precision,” they attack children, and as such, the one-sided ‘war’ is most certainly is a war crime. The reason is simple because half the population trapped on Gaza are fewer than 18. And by recent counts in the Israeli offensive, ... More »

Sirajul reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.1

A much need observation about the killing of the Gazan civilians and children in Israeli airstrikes comes, at last, from no less than the U.N.’s top human rights official, which is, believably, comes after the U.S. and the European governments tougher stand so far against Israel by banning international flights in and out from Israel. The report is relevant, informing, and professionally written and edited. Good news.

The observation of criticizing both parties is important because we are seeing a conflict between two Rights, Both Israel and Gaza is ruled by hardliners who feed one another. It’s not that they are the identical yet there is some agonizing evenness and one part is that each side robustly denies that there is any evenness at all.

Wednesday’s deaths bring the number of Palestinians killed during the 16-day Israeli assault on Gaza to 648, including scores of children. More than 4,000 people have ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.0 | See All NT Reviews »
Sirajul commented on this story – Jul. 23, 2014

Kudos to Max Blumenthal and Rula Jabreal for not chopping out words. News coverage is shifting very slowly, very inadequately, given what is happening on the ground because readers viewers are turning away from media as credible news sources.

Sirajul reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

A necessary piece in journalism that breaks the silence. Max is an investigative journalist who broke the reality in Greater Israel in his book "Goliath: Life and Living in Greater Israel" some months ago. His viewpoints are fair who discerns which viewpoints are more important than others in conveying the truth. He proved that this report is balanced because he meant which side is more accurate. This report has objectivity because he hasn't shown any biases that might taint this story. Through this story, he actually stood against wrongdoings in journalism that is so far accepted as a norm, esp. reporting about Israel, and about what is the U.S. official line.

Thanks Max Blumenthal for your reporting. There is a mixture of those who reach out like you are doing and those who adopt bias without inquiry.

“Loyalties are now being openly questioned,” the producer commented. More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Jul 23, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 15, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

An interview with U.S past First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by Marc Hujer and Holger Stark. This interview is important because Ms. Clinton is tipped to be the 'next future President of the United State'. Though she said she's no more in the government, but she was, and going to be the top contender of the U.S. government in future. So, what she says is important. To that tune, her comments are seems to be politically motivated and self serving.

Ms. Clinton talks on Piketty; about her income ($200,000 for a speech); about the possibility of her run for president again; about her daughter in politics; about Edward Snowden; about Neymar; about Jürgen Klinsmann; and about the spying fiasco. Ms. Clinton's answers are interesting read. The first one - her answer on Piketty was: I haven't read it yet. I've read very long essays about it and know what his principal point is. I think he makes a very strong case that we have ... More »

Clinton: I’m not in the government anymore, but I’m sorry. More »

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NT Rating: 3.8 | See All NT Reviews »
Sirajul commented on this story – Jul. 12, 2014

Stephen M. Walt, who is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations at Harvard University, wrote a piece on Foreign Policy on 8th July wherein he says that “If the United States pivots to Asia in order to prevent Chinese hegemony there (as I believe it will), ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 11, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

Matthias Gebauer reports on Spiegel Online International (English language online version of Der Spiegel) that the government in Berlin asked Washington's top CIA official in Germany to leave the country on Thursday because for two reasons. Germans allege that, he, or his men in Berlin bought German secrets from an employee of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), German foreign intelligence agency; and maybe from an employee with the Defense Ministry in Berlin. The story has details of the cases but doesn't have any expert opinion as to why the U.S.-Germany relations gets to such an low ebb.

Standing up for sovereignty doesn't imply that Germany gets Anti-American. U.S should also change its thought process: Seeing Germany through the lens of an occupier. They may have forces on German land but its time t change their foreign policy 'attitudes'.

The (German) defense minister added that “trust had been shaken” since the revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that US ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.2 | See All NT Reviews »
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 11, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Jul. 11, 2014

People in the little island nation of Bahrain have been protesting and demanding democratic reforms for three years now but the king has managed to tame his opponents with aid from Saudi Arabia, and, believably, with U.S. support, since a U.S. police chief (John Timoney) with a ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 11, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.2

A typical reaction by one of the leading U.S. newspapers wherein the Editorial Board of The New York Times criticizes Bahrain government for expelling a senior American diplomat. The incident is surprising, no doubt, 'since the Persian Gulf state is home to the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet and depends on America for its defense', but it has only comes after the insult. Otherwise, the U.S. was one of the sustainer for the Sunni minority ruler who, mercilessly, putting out the resistance of the Shiite majority for their struggle for human rights and democratic reform for more than 3 years

The U.S. in a limbo in its foreign policy in the Middle East, and in Europe, as well, where the Germans also asked the U.S. top spy in Berlin to leave because there had been dissatisfaction of parties below the surface the way the U.S. handles its 'client' countries.

In ordering Mr. Malinowski to leave, Bahrain said he had “intervened flagrantly” in the country’s internal affairs by “holding meetings with one party.” That is ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.1 | See All NT Reviews »
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 11, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 10, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

A short but very important news report and analysis by John Vibes when we are literally frustrated to see the hate and division amongst Israel and Palestine that continues to be promoted in the mainstream dialogue, This story confirms that isn't actually an accurate representation of what is happening in many cases. It's positive reporting about a positive development that there is a growing consciousness amongst both the Israeli and Palestinian people about the need for peace.

The problem I that people of Israel have a nationalistic militant government that doesn’t help maintain peace, or may not represent their will, while on the other end the people of Palestine also have a nationalistic militant government that is, in a way or other, also doesn’t help either to keep peace or represent their people's will or need.

“The life of an Arab is equally precious to that of a Jew. Blood is blood, and murder is murder, whether that murder is Jewish or Arab.” More »

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Sirajul reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.3

An important dialogue moderated by Amy Goodman; informative, and insightful, largely missing from the mainstream media. Stories about the life and conflict in the Middle East are always crafted to create division and instigate hatred between opposing sides, and, while this may not be an exception, it depicts Israel in a dissimilar way by an Israeli Jew, a peace activist, and a son of an Israeli general. The story is helpful in a way or other to understand the 'conflict of generations' in the Middle East.

There has been a wave of bloodshed in Israel and Gaza where innocent people on both sides of the conflict have lost their lives. Unfortunately, hate and division continues to be promoted in the mainstream dialogue, but that isn't actually an accurate representation of what is happening in many cases. While it is true that there is a great deal of violence and division in the Middle East, this story is an indication that there is also a growing consciousness about the need for peace.

And what we see today is, of course, the result of one straw that literally broke the camel’s back, and we see uprising in places that we haven’t seen before, like, you ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.4 | See All NT Reviews »
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

An interesting story by David Cook, staff writer at the DC Decoder, Christian Science Monitor wherein he presented the findings of a study ("A Not So Divided America") that suggests that 'that the gridlock and polarization so apparent in Washington is, to some degree, a political invention', and 'Americans in both red or blue areas mostly agree about what government should do, even on issues like immigration and Social Security. Gridlock in Congress is not driven by the people,' Good story; shows context, insightful and enterprising.

We know that there is always a sharp disagreement between the Republicans and Democratic supporters on some issues, such as, gay and lesbian issues, abortion, gun control etc., but that doesn't bar them to unite on major government policies. It's certainly a positive thing, and it confirms that people are wiser than politicians.

“Clearly the gridlock in Congress is not driven by the people,” said Steven Kull, director of the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), which is affiliated with the ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.6 | See All NT Reviews »
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jul 2, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Jun. 27, 2014

The index shows how, within a relatively short time frame, the promise of nascent democracies can quickly unravel. The hope for groundbreaking change in Libya and Iraq was quashed, as their embattled central governments struggled to bring armed militias to heel. And despite optimism ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jun 27, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

A multimedia/interactive reporting published by the Foreign Policy magazine wherein Fund for Peace’s ‘Fragile States Index’ was presented (illustration by Luke Shuman). The point behind the research and presentation is that ‘the very structure of a country, even a healthy one, can be challenged by overwhelming events during the course of a year, and the consequences inform not only the legitimacy of the state, but also the experiences of its citizens, often for decades to come.’ So, the rationale behind the publication, for 10 years now, the ‘Failed States Index (this year, the name changed into ‘Fragile’ from ‘Failed’) is to put countries into perspective by providing an annual snapshot of their vitality and ... More »

A country can become more fragile or become quite violent quickly and go up the list very easily. But going down the list, which means increasing stability, takes a generation. So, only a country itself can pull itself out of the top 10 but the international community can support or deny their efforts. The math is here why a country fails to resolve their problems.

Iran is up, America is down. North Korea isn’t as bad as you think. But what do numbers rating the stability of a country really mean? More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jun 27, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Jun 12, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
3.9

A negatively-charged 'academic' discussion on Piketty by Lawrence Summers appeared, at first, at the “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas”, an Atlantic partner publication, and then, at The Atlantic. The discussion seems pretty clear that “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers” accurately predicted current socio-economic-historical mess of the U.S. that was kick started by excess military spending on empirical overreach, two incompetently implemented wars of choice (Iraq, Afghanistan) that weren't paid for, ill-advised tax cuts, fiscal-political gridlock, and the kicking/screaming that accompanies loss of empire. Also, Mr. Summers may be less concerned with inequality because he has earned his fortune in that cozy way the ... More »

Piketty isn't saying markets never produce winners and losers, or that wealth, once accumulated, will endure forever in the same family and their heirs. Rather, he says that in general, capital grows faster than overall growth. That is the most convincing argument I've heard against Piketty's theory. Most people who create large fortunes don't adequately diversify and so they risk losing a lot of it. For example Bill Gates still holds a huge amount of his wealth in Microsoft stock. ... More »

Like Kennedy a generation ago, Piketty has emerged as a rock star of the policy-intellectual world. His book was for a time Amazon’s bestseller. Every pundit has ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – May. 28, 2014

Dear readers/reviewers, I have just put in what he had said earlier here: “I believe that suspicionless surveillance not only fails to make us safe, but it actually makes us less safe. By squandering precious, limited resources on "collecting it all,” we end up with ... More »

Sirajul reviewed this story - May 28, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.4

A multimedia ‘exclusive’ by NBC News filed by Tracy Connor, with Erin McClam which contains three videos of interviews of Secretary Kerry and whistleblower Snowden wherein something new were discussed (who Edward really was, and Kerry’s position about Snowden’s home-going anytime, even ‘today’, if he wishes to). The news here from Edward Snowden's recent exchange with Brian Williams focused solely on who he actually is, and he was a victim of State Department’s decision to revoke his passport, and so, he’s in Russia now. However, while some of his disclosures are impressive, it can’t be ascertained as to whether Secretary Kerry’s catchy words really mean the policy though he’s not wrong. I recommend reading ... More »

A new chapter is coming, but it won't be quite as Kerry envisioned it.

“The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia,” he said. “I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America and I was stopped because the ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - May 28, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – May. 24, 2014

The Nordic countries have a robust middle class. All five Nordic nations rank in the top 10 most equal countries globally, according to the OECD. The U.S., by comparison, sits at 31, just above Turkey and Mexico.

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 24, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

A good piece of journalism by the Monitor; well-written, informative, well-referenced and linked. I like to thank the Monitor for making this a ‘Cover Story’, and also like to thank Monitor staff writer Sara Miller Llana and contributor Fabrizio Tassinari for presenting us a good story. It’s cool to know about Sweden “where quality of life is considered a basic right, where big government does not inhibit…”, and it’s also attention-grabbing to know when the storywriters say, “by so many measures, the Nordic countries simply work well, sustaining the security of a welfare state while being unabashed capitalists and innovators, adapting to change, and doing so with a long tradition of pragmatic consensus. The ... More »

Some of the story may be hype, which naysayers love to shoot down, as in the recent viral Guardian article that spelled out “the grim truth behind the ‘Scandinavian miracle.’ ” Much of Nordic success has happened because the countries are small, nimble, and, until recently, homogenous. But problems do loom on the horizon, with growing inequality and anti-immigration sentiment, stubborn youth unemployment, and education scores dropping in Sweden and one of the world’s star ... More »

Sweden is a global force in pop music worldwide. But what is probably more relevant is its emergence in a nation known for its tech and design creativity, where quality of ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 24, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 20, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.4

Jim Miklaszewski writes this report for NBC News who took contribution from The Associated Press to say that the political and security situation is so volatile in Libya that the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli maybe at risk, and may needs to be evacuated any time in the face of a renegade Brigadier's challenge of the Libyan government's authority. Underscoring the turmoil, the commander of Libyan army special forces said on Monday he had allied with renegade general Khalifa Haftar in his campaign against militant Islamists, and the Saudi Government closed its embassy and consulate in the Libyan capital and withdrew all of its diplomatic staff on Monday due to security concerns. Good first-hand report on Libyan crisis.

Counterbalance in Tripoli might have began, and this story indicates that.

Officials said there were no indications that the embassy is under any specific threat, and the additional aircraft were ordered as a “prudent precaution” to cover all ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 20, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 20, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

Live reporting on Thailand's declaration of Martial Law, a coup but the authorities denied it saying 'half coup'. The report quoted many sources to say what is going on Thailand. There are summaries who didn't have enough time to read the lengthy report. Good journalism.

Paul Handley is a journalist and author of an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol, “The King Never Smiles” wrote a story on the Foreign Policy on 6th December 2013 “The Royal Meddler: Why is Thailand's democracy so dysfunctional? Blame the king” possibly answers as to why the fight between pro-and anti-government forces, the so-called Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts is unending, and the country’s “judiciary and military, both the institutions de-facto controlled by the ... More »

“The caretaker government is still in place, so we hope there are still moves afoot for there to be a fresh election after the constitutional court replaced the prime ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 20, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – May. 20, 2014

A good analytic story by Megha Bahree. Her story was based on the Association for Democratic Reforms data which was gleaned from the sworn affidavits that the candidates had filed with the Election Commission of India. It’s the classic example of what constitutes the lawmakers ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 20, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

A good analytic story by Megha Bahree that is currently based in India but worked for WSJ in Mumbai, and in New York for both Forbes magazine and Reuters. Her story was well-sourced, based on the ADR (Association for Democratic Reforms) data which was gleaned from the sworn affidavits that the candidates had filed with the Election Commission of India. It’s the classic example of what constitutes the torch-bearing formations of democracy nowadays not in India but maybe in many nation states. India isn’t the only country many of whose elected officials have “criminal cases pending against them”. The story is informative, shows context and insightful.

A smart presentation by Megha using ADR (Association for Democratic Reforms) data which was gleaned from the sworn affidavits that the candidates had filed with the Election Commission of India. It’s the classic example of what constitutes the lawmakers, the torch-bearing formation of democracy nowadays not in India but maybe in many nation states who are more criminal (murderers, robbers, kidnappers), less educated, wealthy, and what not?

The Association for Democratic Reforms sourced the data from the sworn affidavits that the candidates had filed with the Election Commission of India. (You can see its full ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 19, 2014
Sirajul commented on this review – May. 18, 2014
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Reviewed by Dwight Rousu - May. 18, 2014

One shortcoming is that Gillam does not include any independent scientific opinion on the claims made by the insecticide producers.

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Sirajul reviewed this story - May 18, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

A blog post by Thomas Piketty who is a Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics on how to tackle global inequality by imposing wealth tax on people who hold wealth instead of only charging 'income tax', the system which allows the wealthy to skip taxing and the middle class caught in the quagmire. The blog post is actually a shorter version of his book "Capital in the 21st Century" published by Harvard University Press, March 2014. The article was first posted at the London School of Economics' British Politics and Policy blog. Good story; enterprising, informative, insightful and bearing high context.

We usually are lost in jargons while discussing why inequality and how to encounter it. Prof. Thomas Piketty offered us a simple yet hard-to-implement solution. We expect our intellectuals find the exact thing to do, and shouldn’t waste time on "pro-poor" growth, "shared" growth, "sustainable" growth or "inclusive growth" etc. These concepts are all admittedly nice, yet, they all perhaps failed to deliver the desired outcome. Should we go on pondering whether growth and inequality ... More »

For countries that prefer the rule of law and an international economic order, a global wealth tax is a better bet. More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - May 18, 2014
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