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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
Politics: Neutral viewpoint
Age: 50-64
Gender: Male
Income: Less than $25K
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Address: House # 51, 4th Floor, Block - Ka, Pisciculture Housing Society, Shyamoli, Dhaka, BD
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Last Edit: Feb 15, 2012 - 8:28 AM PST

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Sirajul commented on this story – Sep. 16, 2014

The current Scottish government’s insistence on a sovereign Scotland becoming free of nuclear weapons would certainly pose enormous strategic and operational headaches for the NATO admirals and generals, even if a transitional grace period were agreed ... More »

Sirajul posted this story - Sep 16, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 16, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

This is good journalism because this lengthy CSM cover story reminds us that in the name of Scottish referendum, Britain actually faces two major referendums, one of which would physically shrink its population, reduce its landmass, and put key defense capabilities at risk. The other would sever its historical ties to Europe. Yes, exit of Scotland from the UK would increase the chances of the exit of the UK from the EU. Good report; informative, well-researched and relevant.

Yes, it is likely that if Scottish voters say 'Yes' to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security, the European Union and the US-led NATO defense alliance.

Many argue that a vote to leave, in either case, could mean Britain’s influence in the world is irrevocably diminished, including its “special relationship” with the ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Sep 16, 2014
Sirajul posted this story - Sep 16, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 15, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

This is good journalism because Thomas Frank has a superb, full-scale hit on expertise in Washington, and what it gives the Washington elite but what it doesn't give people the same, and just why those who are regularly right but not in the elite ranks of the experts are regularly ignored, while experts who are eternally wrong remain on pedestals in the DC. It's quite a good piece and just writing a note and few sample paragraphs as quotes don't do justice to it. Readers, read it please, if not you’re willing to review…

It is, of course gratifying to see such observant arguments applied in the present as they need to be.

You can see this dysfunction for yourself in the headlines of recent years. Ever wonder why the foreign policy authorities never seem to change, keep coming back, despite ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 15, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 15, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.4

New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz does have a way of catching the folly of our world today… In this case, in the story, he says whether the U.S. is at war for the third time or at something else in Iraq and possibly Syria. He has presented his version of what's happened. Good journalism.

The spokesman said that there was no contradiction between Kerry’s position and the White House’s on the matter. “Though Secretary Kerry said that there was no war ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Sep 15, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 15, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.4

This story is good journalism because it contains references of four other news sources with links, viz. The Hill, CBS News, CNN and the Wire to document who said what. Another link was provided (a Newser story) which explained different monikers of the ISIS, all important to understand this unfolding story.

What's the point over here? Lack of coordination? Legality of the declaration of war, I mean, can the president wage war without consent of Congress? Or, the U.S. backing down on this or that pretext? It is not a way to declare war by a superpower; it can be a pragmatic compromise for the moment.

President Obama consistently says the goal is to “degrade” and “destroy” the group. But does that mean we’re at war? White House spokesman ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Sep 15, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 15, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 14, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 14, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.3

A McClatchy Newspapers' Washington bureau reporting by Hannah Allam with McClatchy's special correspondent Adam Baron's contribution from Baltimore. Hannah, notes, in the report that what could go wrong with the president's strategy to encounter ISIS. McClatchy cites some potential pitfalls 'as gleaned from interviews, analysis, social media postings and other commentary by foreign policy specialists who focus on the Middle East and North Africa'. Those 5 pitfalls are: Yemen and Somalia are hardly examples of success to replicate; the new Iraqi government is hardly “inclusive”; training of Iraqi soldiers hasn’t worked in the past; it's not clear which “opposition” Obama intends to support in Syria; and it may be too ... More »

It's time to discuss, how, with the cover of 'some officials and terrorism experts', the U.S. media presented a devastating analysis earlier. The actual danger posed by ISIS has been distorted in television and alarmist statements by politicians, and there has been little substantive public debate about the unintended consequences of expanding American military action in the Middle East. It's clear from a recent statement of the Secretary of State: "I don't think people need to get ... More »

In Somalia, the United States spent more than five years and close to $2 billion to fight al-Qaida’s al-Shabaab affiliate through the training and equipping of African ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 14, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 13, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.8

A blog by Marie Tessier wherein she quotes readers' responses to op-ed columnists and editorials of the U.S. mainstream media where many rated President Obama’s plan to conduct air strikes in Syria with measured praise and continued skepticism. Dan Froomkin of the Intercept also offered a fairly devastating round-up of news reports from the mainstream media, which, finally, coming in, after much deferential reportage. and Hannah Allam of McClatchy Washington Bureau also noted earlier that Yemen and Somalia are hardly examples of success; that the new Iraqi government is hardly inclusive; that training of Iraqi soldiers hasn’t worked in the past; that in Syria it’s unclear which opposition Obama intends to support; and that ... More »

“An all-out war against ISIS is an overreaction, spurred by scare tactics successfully taken by ISIS to bait ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 13, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

A breaking news… Where on earth we stare, the point is clear. The POTUS is sending it prior to his speech tonight, means, everybody should listen to his speech instead of watching TV. And it is the headline material in both The New York Times and The Washington Post today. The report by Mark Landler tells us that air attacks on Syria are now on the agenda. An intervention previously labeled ‘humanitarian’ and ‘extremely limited’ is now to become an undefined one; possibly outlast the Obama presidency, and will involve a widening war against the ISIS and its ‘caliphate’. Twelve year ago, it was against al Qaeda in Afghanistan. While the report says it will not involve American ‘boots on the ground’, what those ... More »

And this unfolding story maybe the least of it. Never has there been an American coalition of the willing filled with so many powers (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc.) and ethnic or religious groups (Sunni, Shia, Kurd) so at odds with each other. Given history thus far, how this new conflict, depending on the way we count, the third or even fourth Iraq war could possibly turn out well is hard to imagine, but that clearly isn't stopping a president who had no strategy just days ago ... More »

President Obama is prepared to authorize airstrikes in Syria, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, taking the military campaign against the Sunni militant ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Sep 13, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 13, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 12, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 10, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.4

In the NY Times's Sunday Review, I thought this piece by Nate Cohn's on why the Democrats are fated to lose the House is well worth a read. The Democrats win presidential elections now by piling up huge vote margins in urban areas, but those enormous margins don't translate into the House vote well. They are essentially wasted votes. The upshot of it all is a presidency likely to go to the Democrats, a House nearly locked in to the Republicans, and a fight over the Senate, and ... More »

"The best example may be Pennsylvania. President Obama won the state by five percentage points in 2012, thanks to a whopping 83 percent of the vote in Philadelphia and ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Sep 10, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Sep. 10, 2014

Obamacare has reportedly provided a lifeline by providing coverage to 8 million people on the exchanges, 7 million under Medicaid expansion and 5 million who bought insurance outside the exchanges but benefit from new regulations like the coverage guarantee for individuals with ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 10, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

The detailed investigative piece is a first-rate article. The cases based on research conducted by the author in writing his forthcoming book, Injustices: The Supreme Court’s Nearly Unbroken History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted. Many of these cases are discussed in Howard Bell, Case Study: The Uninsured, True Stories of Unnecessary Sickness, Death and Humiliation, 49 THE NEW PHYSICIAN (Sep. 2000). The report is quite lengthy, and I think it would have been better if a concise version was possible for people with squat interest or those who have interest but don’t have time to read it entirely. Hope it will have a great readership. After the review, my first point is: the title is okay. Jennifer ... More »

One thing I do feel the ACA got right is the preexisting condition clause. Unfortunately the inclusion of this clause by its very nature creates something that is no longer insurance but the right to live and right to healthcare. Yes, one can’t get wrecked car covered. Insurance is a common pool to spread future risk of a person, his/her health or properties etc. So, why then people empowered to include their previous illness? Because, they have their right to life and treatment, ... More »

This is what health care looked like in the United States of America, the wealthiest nation the world has ever known. And it is what it will look like again in much of the ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 10, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Sep. 10, 2014

People have their time for those leaders who protects the interests of the upper class, borrows for wars but gives taxpayers’ dollars to bankers…If ACA really works, it’s time to bank on it. This legislation reportedly provides consumer protection ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 10, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

It’s good journalism because it says, by providing enough evidential quotes and situation analysis that Obamacare is working.

This Obamacare, another name for ACA will be President Obama's lasting legacy. He may have made many mistakes to be sure, but Obamacare is not going anywhere and with his name attached to it, people will always remember who gave them healthcare. It's really remarkable.

Conservative health-policy experts have argued that Obamacare cannot be repealed without a viable alternative to fix broken parts of the system, but Republicans have failed ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 10, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 10, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Sep. 9, 2014

Some say that Mr. Osborne has no electoral mandate for offering the Scots any further deals or special terms. If Scotland gets a bigger share then that leaves less for everyone in UK. As the storywriter, many say Scotland, as an independent nation, will be able to attract more ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 9, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

A running commentary on Scotland, which has heats up all on a sudden, and catches global news boards! On Sunday, Mr. Osborne claimed that additional devolved powers would be offered by ‘Better Together’ (a platform of the Union). Mr. Alistair Darling then says Mr. Osborne was referring only to a new timetable and procedure for introducing powers, rather than actual new powers. And now, ex-premier of UK, Mr. Brown, who still can't say what these powers will actually be, and says he wants legislation by the end of January 2015, though he himself is not in government and has no power to force this through. At the same time, voters in Scotland are already voting by postal ballot. This report depicts how the Unionists are showing ... More »

‘Better Together’ had two years to sort out some sort of proposal. For people who claim to be Better Together, it is telling that they can't even agree anything between themselves.

With no campaigners saying they were baffled by the sudden surge in support for yes, Brown came out of semi-retirement from frontline politics to lead Scottish ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 9, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 8, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

This is a good argument for the independence referendum in Scotland. In addition the British government's subservience to foreign dominance is another key fact. This story tells that if the British government succeeds in defeating the referendum now it would give a major boost to the power structure the author decries, but, if the referendum succeeds, it will make it harder for the Tories to dominate the remnant because secession then becomes a viable alternative.

Defending a union forged by two kings over three centuries was an unhappiness to many Britons , as some would say. What appeals is the common traditions shared by Scottish, English and Welsh people as they confronted, fought and defeated the powerful.

If Scotland votes to leave, or only narrowly remains, there will be a reckoning, and our bankrupt status quo must surely be swept away. More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Sep. 8, 2014

If Scots vote yes …Scotland would minimise market instability and avoid a run on the pound, So, the British PM Mr. Cameron must confirm quickly the UK’s stance on the status of sterling and the splitting of debt with Scotland. Other subjects for immediate discussion would ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 8, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

This is good journalism because, after the publication of recent poll which says the 'yes' voters have and edge over the 'no' voters to decide as to whether Scotland remain under the Union Jack or become independent, this report delivers what Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tory parties have differing devolution packages for the Scottish if they say 'no' in the upcoming referendum. The report is informative, highly relevant, and containing a lots of references and quotes of the relevant stakeholders.

Speaking a day after the first poll showing the yes campaign in the lead emerged, the chancellor said the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats would agree to ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Sep 8, 2014
Sirajul posted this story - Sep 8, 2014
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Sirajul commented on this story – Sep. 5, 2014

I think Russia has offered to get them out of a cold hole in the winter. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko would have been thrown out with IMF measures biting and the return of dissatisfied ‘neo-Nazi fascists’ to Kiev. I would guess the ... More »

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