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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 - Mar 30, 2015
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

A blog post on the Reuters Great Debate (news analysis and opinion on the currents issues) based on a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll that asked more than 3,000 Americans what they see as some of the biggest threats to themselves and the country. Peter Van Buren analyze the results... He also presents a Gallop poll results to make some important points. A good read; insightful and contextual.

The polls results reveal it really depends on what Americans pollsters are talking about, and whom they interview. So, many Americans fail to identify what really the dangers for them, such as, the drying up of California and the West right before their eyes but they don't have any concern (or little concern) regarding that matter.

It’s also interesting to see that both sides of the political aisle are worried about themselves: 38 percent of Democrats and 42 percent of Republicans think their own ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Mar 30, 2015
Sirajul reviewed this story - Mar 10, 2015
Sirajul's Rating
4.4

This is good journalism because it "lays out how the fossil-fuel industry funds talking heads to sow confusion about climate change in a deliberate imitation of the successful doubt-sowing tactics of the tobacco industry," and how some PR people (on behalf of the coal and oil industry) presenting some distorted information in a way that people usually accept. Actually, this opinion piece by David Biello makes it easier to understand a complex issues of how public understanding works. The style (of criticizing a documentary film) is also appropriate to tell the readers that sowing doubts would earn the coal and oil industry some more time to make profits as the same technique ensured at least 50 years worth of profits on tobacco ... More »

We can think about it or may want it to happen but he scientific method of revealing truth doesn’t come naturally. It is similar to democracy which neither does come naturally. We are still going around killing each other to get on the throne, praying to a rain god, and for better and much worse, doing the same things pretty much as our ancestors did. Scientific awareness is elusive and for many people the tribe is more important than the truth.

The merchants of doubt have succeeded again. Climate change is now about tribal politics in the U.S., or as Inglis puts it in this new film: “It’s not just a ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Mar 9, 2015
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

This feature article of the National Geographic's March 2015 issue is good journalism because it asks a basic question of many as to why do many reasonable people doubt science, and then he discusses many mechanisms behind. The story provides enough background and reasoning to explain how belief relates to the world today, and tough the industry PR thought to be misleading, isn’t enough to explain why only 40 percent of Americans, according to the most recent poll from the Pew Research Center, accept that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming. The story tries to explain many 'whys'...insightful story

Science appeals to our rational brain, but our beliefs are motivated largely by emotion, and the biggest motivation is remaining tight with our peers.

In this bewildering world we have to decide what to believe and how to act on that. In principle that’s what science is for. “Science is not a body of facts,” says ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Mar. 9, 2015

In the early seventeenth century when Galileo claimed that the Earth spins on its axis and orbits the sun he wasn’t just rejecting church doctrine but he also was asking people to believe something that defied common sense because it sure looks like the sun is going around the Earth ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Mar 9, 2015
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Mar 7, 2015
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

This is good journalism because this story informs us that the new developments in the Middle East which is showing us the signs of possible active confrontation in between Iran and Israel. This story also is an example of good journalism because it gives us a piece of information that is highly important and that isn't covered by other outlets. Monitor covers the news story well which tells us about the editorial policy and priorities of that publication. The story also provides enough background and present context to explain how this story important which relates to a most important world event that could ignite wars and can destabilize the world.

The key strategic prize for Iran would be a foothold on the Golan just as the grinding negotiations over its nuclear programme reach a climax. A framework agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, China and Germany) is scheduled to be in place by March 31 with a final deal concluded by June 30. If a deal is reached in which Iran has to abandon or defer the possibility of acquiring nuclear weapons, its strategic deterrence against Israel would ... More »

Israel is eyeing with increasing concern the Iranian moves on the Golan, which was occupied by the Jewish state in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The offensive leaves Israel in ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed and starred this story - Mar 7, 2015
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

This story is good journalism because it gives a new perspective on the West-Russia tension centering Ukraine crisis. It led bare the active undercurrents in U.S. official position vs. unofficial maneuverings in shaping/executing its foreign policy in Europe and the differences seems appear in between the EU and NATO leadership. The story is detailed, well researched, referenced and quoted. The story is also an insightful story which connects the dots to explain what really is happening in the world here and there and why, and how the world is getting very closer to war, civil strife and disobedience of law and order. This story also is hinting at the command failures of leaderships in different countries including the U.S. ... More »

The trans-Atlantic partners seems have differing goals. Whereas the aim of the Franco-German initiative possibly is to stabilize the situation in Ukraine, it is the "hawks" within the U.S. administration seems have a different goal. They want to drive back Moscow's influence in the region and destabilize Mr. Putin's power. While it is the priority for the European leaders (including the President of the United States, as it appeared so far) to keep peace in Europe, but for the ... More »

The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Chancellery have referred ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed and starred this story - Mar 7, 2015
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

This story is good journalism because it gives a new perspective on the West-Russia tension centering Ukraine crisis. It led bare the active undercurrents in U.S. official position vs. unofficial maneuverings in shaping/executing its foreign policy in Europe and the differences seems appear in between the EU and NATO leadership. The story is detailed, well researched, referenced and quoted. The story is also an insightful story which connects the dots to explain what really is happening in the world here and there and why, and how the world is getting very closer to war, civil strife and disobedience of law and order. This story also is hinting at the command failures of leaderships in different countries including the U.S. ... More »

The trans-Atlantic partners seems have differing goals. Whereas the aim of the Franco-German initiative possibly is to stabilize the situation in Ukraine, it is the "hawks" within the U.S. administration seems have a different goal. They want to drive back Moscow's influence in the region and destabilize Mr. Putin's power. While it is the priority for the European leaders (including the President of the United States, as it appeared so far) to keep peace in Europe, but for the ... More »

The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Chancellery have referred ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed and starred this story - Mar 7, 2015
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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 29, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

“Roving thoughts and provocations” on the Ebola situation in Liberia was put forth by Helen Epstein in NYR Blog at The New York Review of Books. Though I booked it as an opinion piece, the article more looked like an 'exclusive report'. This is rather a tough article wherein the author, who reports from Liberia, claims that “fewer than four hundred Ebola patients. Not millions of patients; not tens of thousands of patients; not even thousands of patients.” There are other situation reports, which are confrontational to conventional (both media and agency) wisdom. Her claims are very steadfast, backed by some data, local situations and observations.

A Liberian (tkpan) commented: "This is a factual story of what is happening in Liberia..." However, there are some commenter who challenged her story but Helen powerfully confronted them with solid on-the-ground data and rationale.

In August, the streets of Monrovia were strewn with bodies and emergency Ebola clinics were turning away patients. Today, nearly half of the beds in those treatment units ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Oct. 29, 2014

Some commenter tries to challenge what Helen Epstein wrote. One of them (EarlVanDorn) wrote: “Reporters are banned from reporting on Ebola in Liberia…” In the response, the storywriter wrote to Earl: “Since when are reporters banned from reporting on Ebola in Liberia? Did you ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 29, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 27, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

A strong and to-the-point opinion piece by Professor Paul Krugman on America’s ideology and investment preference. It’s good journalism because this column is capable of blowing off the senior citizens’ minds that the U.S. is no longer capable of repairing its infrastructure. This is, in other words, a matter of the slow-motion third worldization of America and Professor Krugman puts the responsibility for it directly to the Republican Party and its new ideology of creative destruction via no funding.

But nowadays we simply won’t invest, even when the need is obvious and the timing couldn’t be better. And don’t tell me that the problem is “political ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Oct. 27, 2014

The ACA has perhaps helped Americans in more ways than are highlighted in this lengthy article, namely through ending insurance companies’ ability to deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, and elimination of lifetime limits etc. The major ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 27, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

It's good journalism because the detailed interactive presents a surgical presentation of the ACA's implementation, efficacy based on seven variable. The NYT piece is data-packed, provided customer reviews and industry analysis, and also provides the areas where it is doing well and needs further improvements. Reasonable people of good faith can debate the merits, or lack thereof, of the ACA given its impact on health care spending which is 16% of the GDP on the U.S. economy.

The interactive report asked as to whether the ACA working or not. To my points of view, it depends on how one defines the term "working". And, this NYT piece appeared at a sensitive time…

1Has the percentage of uninsured people been reduced? Yes, the number of uninsured has fallen significantly. 2Has insurance under the law been affordable? For many, ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 27, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.3

This is good journalism because it reports on how businesses in the U.S. banking on the Ebola 'fear factor' to brisk businesses. The case of the protective kit on Amazon that are on sales reported by Sophie, though the product description does not currently mention Ebola. There are other cases of sales of products that are not approved or relevant to fight the virus, and most importantly, when there is virtually 'no such cases of outbreak of Ebola in the U.S., consumers are prepared to pay their last pennies to protect them from Ebola, a panic created in the U.S. out of nothing and "overreaction" of some "authorities and media."

This kind of exploitation is occurring in the Ebola-stricken countries as well, where fear is more prevalent and more justified.

But much of the current profiteering is less clear-cut from a regulatory perspective. Companies are also hiking prices of supplies like bleach or masks, or attempting to ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 27, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 27, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 27, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Oct. 26, 2014

“Enough aid already. Enough with the Israeli lobby in the US. Enough with the money changers of the world. How about let’s start worrying about the US. Are we the stupidest idiots in the world?” – Wrote Patrick Russo, University of Cincinnati College of ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 26, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

It's good journalism because it perhaps a breaking news that Israel is going to be a big player in arms business that has shown the capacity to outmaneuver the U.S. to secure arms deal with India which is otherwise thought to be a U.S. domain so far. It's good news in another sense that it helps readers to connect their dots to get what this news means, since many Americans have the impression that they give Israel hundreds of million of their tax dollars in aid or weapons every year and then they take their business, which now has to see how the American government deals with, or perceive.

"Israel is doing just fine by itself, they don't need us and we really don't need their lobby." - Said Trent Nelson of Austin Community College District on Facebook on a similar post by MSN.com with the permission of AFP.

Modi and US President Barack Obama agreed on greater defence cooperation during a meeting in Washington last month, when the US reportedly lobbied for its Javelin missiles. More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 26, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 26, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

It is good journalism because it focused on the Ebola crisis and said that beyond the human tragedy, the crisis is claiming another collateral victim: trust in the medical order, means, on the credibility of the WHO and BigPharma etc. Some other stories also suggested Ebola instill fear and conspiracy theories amongst people who are either lacking scientific information and facts. The story is informative, well-referenced, and expert-quoted.

Securing future peace and containment of diseases require allocation of resources, competent leadership and reducing fear. Building trust and inventing predictable processes that encourage cooperation to solve problems are also required. I think the global bodies , businesses, and in particular, the U.S. is capable of achieving such things but its leaders and key institutions have to focus on that.

“Failures in leadership have allowed a preventable disease to spin out of control, with vast harms to social order and human dignity,” a commentary carried by ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Oct 26, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 26, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Oct. 24, 2014

The chances of ISIL going nuclear are as high as the possibility of nuclear terrorism itself, which means we should not think in linear terms when we are talking with threats like these. Even though threat might not seem realistic right now, but it needs to ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 24, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

This is good journalism because not only this report, which was originally published on 11th October (much before the actual Chlorine gas attack on Iraqi police by the ISIL militants but) discusses the possibility of WMD threat by "the very small Islamic State" but also hinted that chlorine gas could be used by the IS since other options (and the means) may not be available to them. Both the authors of the analysis are better placed (with the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies), and thus have used many authoritative sources to make or break points of arguments.

The worry regarding nuclear weapons here is not that a state would provide them, but that IS, with its huge bankroll, could buy one from corrupt caretakers in a country where there is support for them at various levels. Note that the TTP pledged their allegiance to IS a couple of weeks ago, and then a few days later backpedaled.

The use of chlorine, however, is a possibility. Chlorine is a readily available industrial chemical with many peaceful uses. It can be pressurized and cooled to a liquid ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 24, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.3

This is good journalism because it reported about the chlorine attack which appears to be the first confirmed use of chemical weapons by the Islamic State on the battlefield. The story also provide some background to explain how the chlorine gas was chosen because the chemical weapons that the militant outfit reportedly captured in Iraq wasn't in good order to be used. This story relates to how the ISIL used just an industrial chemical widely available to instill fear because though the gas doesn't kill but create some breathing problem which is enough to create panic amongst citizen and soldiers together. It is good journalism also because it reports on what happened that many news sources simply ignored.

ISIS does seem interested in acquiring and using chemical or biological weapons, but ambitions do not necessarily equate with reality. But as Ms. Morris reported that the use of chlorine, however, is a possibility because chlorine is a readily available industrial chemical with many peaceful uses. It can be pressurized and cooled to a liquid state so that it can be shipped and stored relatively easily, which means it can be used in improvised devices. When dispersed it spreads ... More »

There have been no confirmed accounts of the use of chlorine gas as a weapon in Iraq for several years. More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Oct 24, 2014
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Sirajul reviewed this story - Oct 21, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

Good journalism! The New York Times has an important editorial on Cuba's role in the Ebola crisis. While the U.S. is sending several thousand U.S. troops to Liberia in response to the Ebola pandemic in West Africa; the Cubans are sending hundreds of doctors and medical personnel, a non-militarized response that, given what the rest of the world isn't doing, seems heroic to me. It evidently does to the Times, too.

""In a column published over the weekend in Cuba’s state-run newspaper, Granma, Fidel Castro argued that the United States and Cuba must put aside their differences, if only temporarily, to combat a deadly scourge. He’s absolutely right." Yes it is time to drop the embargo of Cuba and to recognize it diplomatically. 40 years should be time enough for the U.S. to realize that it's shameful practice of starving the nation will not change it politically. Cuba is known as having the ... More »

It is a shame that Washington, the chief donor in the fight against Ebola, is diplomatically estranged from Havana, the boldest contributor. In this case the schism has ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Oct. 21, 2014

This is by now an old story: not just after the Haiti earthquake but in the aftermath of the Sichuan tremor in 2003 as well, reports were that after other teams had given up, the Cubans just kept their search and rescue mission going. Similar magnanimity is sorely lacking in the ... More »

Sirajul commented on this story – Oct. 21, 2014

A plant has been found to halt the deadly Ebola virus in its tracks in laboratory tests, scientists have said. The discovery was announced at the 16th International Botanical Congress in St Louis in the U.S. The extract can be eaten or rubbed into the skin. They used a compound from ... More »

Sirajul reviewed this story - Oct 21, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.3

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found how to keep the Ebola virus from entering the blood vessels where it causes massive and often fatal bleeding. They said in the journal Science that glycoproteins- a protein attached to a carbohydrate - were the key to their discovery. The research has also revealed the very effective mechanism which the Ebola virus uses to insert its genes into the cells it infects.

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Sirajul reviewed this story - Oct 21, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
3.3

This opinion piece lacks professional way of thinking and analysis. Dealing with a lethal viral strain certainly demands one has to deal with certain restrictions, but comparing that with curtailing ‘civil liberties’ in the U.S.is, in a way or other, making use of ‘civil liberties’ to time and need at will. It’s may not be a new thing but maybe inappropriate in this case. The opinion writer perhaps was over-blowing the ‘civil liberties’ angle.

And, yes, quarantine has never been a violation of liberties anywhere in the world provided that a disease poses risk, and some innocent people somehow attached to that, by choice or by accident. It is similar to the violently mentally ill people. Though it isn't their fault they are a danger to society, and we lock them up just the same. No one considers it a violation of their rights.

It’s understandable. Quarantine is the ultimate violation of civil liberties. Having committed no crime, having done no wrong, you are sentenced to house arrest or ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Oct. 21, 2014

Mr. Krauthammer missed one important factor. How do health professionals refer an infected person to a trained facility unless they don’t know they are infected (or under suspicion list)? And blaming the president perhaps is a political bias because, like any other presidents of ... More »

Sirajul reviewed this story - Oct 20, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

This is good journalism because it reports that things in the U.S. and elsewhere are changing very rapidly and, it’s phenomenal.

We knew so far that “everybody hates ISIS, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel…” But now, we could get it that Turkey is n exception. We knew so far that, “ISIS itself has no nation-state allies; it thrives on looting, ransom, and the sectarian or ideological divides that block its vast array of enemies from uniting.” Now, we get it that they have one nation-state ally, at least.

The airdrops were the first of their kind since Obama declared the anti-Islamic State campaign in early August and came after U.S. planes last week conducted more than 100 ... More »

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Sirajul reviewed this story - Oct 20, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
3.2

Other than the New York Times quote, the story is just used 122 words to inform that Turkey has agreed to let the Pesh Megra fighter to go to Kobane via Turkey.

From the New York Times: At a news conference in Ankara, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that his government was “helping the pesh merga cross over ... More »

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