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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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Sirajul commented on this story – Apr. 17, 2014

The energy independence that the American political leaders and corporates are envisioning has a price tag. The extraction process in fracking releases massive amounts of climate-destabilising methane into our atmosphere. Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse,34 times more ... More »

Sirajul reviewed this story - Apr 17, 2014
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4.1

Maybe the issue of generation and usage of Shale oil/gas is a controversial issue in terms of environment protection, this story looks into the U.S.'s prospect of energy independence opting for extracting Shale oil/gas, which involves fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is now commonplace in the U.S., despite environmental concerns. The story, which is a part of a feature series, written professionally highlighting many aspects of it, viz. its long-term political implication, its influence in the U.S. economy, its influences on the U.S. and European manufacturing resurgence, decreased dependence of oil import, and lastly, geopolitical advantages vs. environmental casualties. Lastly, BBC News' Business reporter Richard Anderson ... More »

Shale oil or gas resources, wherever they are, will be fracked and used no matter the U.S. takes an interest into it or not. In that consideration, if the U.S. achieves energy independence by fracking shale oil/gas, it's hard to ignore. But the best solution is to bank on the renewables, and let's hope for the best to come.

No-one is suggesting America will stop importing power overnight, but being largely self-sufficient in energy could have widespread implications not just for the US, but ... More »

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Sirajul reviewed this story - Apr 17, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.0

An opinion story about a new cyber security organization that is designed to decrease cyber security risks for the U.S.'s electric sector. The story covers the rationale for such an organization and how it should function and why. It appeared in the 'Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' because it needs standards for nuclear power plants. The story appeared factual and fair because the writer Meghan McGuinness presented all sides or viewpoints for this topic to cover. Good reporting.

It is probably impossible to protect the electric grid from all cyber attacks, particularly given the rapid pace at which cyber threats evolve. Therefore, industry and ... More »

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Sirajul reviewed this story - Apr 17, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
3.6

Forbes staff Zack reports on five wealthiest artists explaining the process how they've been selected, such as, a he says, "in order to complete our Forbes Five list, we follow the same procedures we follow while calculating our list of the world’s billionaires: looking at past earnings, valuing current holdings, leafing through financial documents and talking to analysts, attorneys, managers, other industry players and even some of the moguls themselves..." Informative and relevant story.

“My advice to future entrepreneurs is to always know reality, to know what you’re getting yourself into, to know how hard it’s going to be, how competitive it’s ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Apr. 16, 2014

Synopsis of the winners of other categories is: for breaking news, Pulitzer was awarded to The Boston Globe for its “exhaustive and empathetic” coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed. The New York Times won two Pulitzers in photography: Tyler ... More »

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

An Associated Press breaking news about the Pulitzer prize for 2014 that goes to The Washington Post and The Guardian in public service category. The report was filed by AP's MEGHAN BARR who was supported by a host of other AP Writers viz. Verena Dobnik and Deepti Hajela in New York, Steve LeBlanc in Boston, Eileen Putman in Washington, Tamara Lush in Tampa, Fla., and Nigel Duara in Portland, Ore. Good first-hand reporting.

Though the institutions that published the stories were acknowledged, the storywriters Barton Gellman (at The Washington Post) and Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewan MacAskill (at The Guardian) and the whistleblower Edward Snowden's contributions were supposedly avoided.

“I think this is amazing news,” Poitras said in New York. “It’s a testament to Snowden’s courage, a vindication of his courage and his desire ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 16, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Apr. 16, 2014

The first big price rise was in 2007-08, when the cost of wheat, rice, corn and soybeans surged, triggering the worst global food crisis in 30 years. Food riots in countries from Haiti to Senegal followed, and exporters and importers engaged in beggar-thy-neighbor tactics, including ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 15, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.8

An original informative story by Emiko Rerazono appeared at the financial Times that said 'from droughts and floods to wildfires, agricultural markets are increasingly feeling the change in the world’s climate.' The story is well researched and well quoted by multi-sectoral experts. Originality applies to this news item in this sense that it gives us some information concisely to understand the subject better. However, it can be said that it also tells us a familiar story to make us remember that the bad days are coming. Emiko brings up valuable perspectives and arguments about the food price issue that aren't already in the public discussion but that should be.

Indeed, a recent report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world authority on climate, stated that global warming is affecting two of the world’s most important food crops. “Climate change has negatively affected wheat and maize yields for many regions and in the global aggregate,” it said. Since 2007, it said that “several periods of rapid food and cereal price increases following climate extremes in key producing regions indicate a sensitivity of ... More »

“Agricultural prices have entered a new age of volatility,” says Oliver Wyman, the international consulting firm, in its annual Risk Journal. More »

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

NBC News' First Read column story by Mark Murray and Carrie Dann wherein they reports five segments in First Thought with the Obamacare story as lead that said 'the health-care law is estimated to cost $5 billion less than the previous projection for 2014, and $104 billion less than the projection for 2015-2024. Perhaps more importantly, the report says that health-care premiums are lower than originally expected -- the average cost of a “silver” plan is estimated to be about $3,800 in 2014, down from previous estimates. Good piece of information.

Back in February, Republicans attacked Democrats over a CBO report showing that the health-care law was reducing labor supply by about 2 million workers in 2017. But the ultimate result perhaps is: Obamacare has now enjoyed maybe its best two weeks of news (CBO report, 7.5 million sign-ups) since the law’s passage in 2010.

We don’t know what the premiums will be for 2015, and we don’t know the demographic mix of the millions of Americans who have signed up in the exchanges. But what this ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 15, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
3.8

Daily Kos staff Joan McCarter writes this 'opinion' piece more likely in news format that said 'New York exceeds Obamacare enrollment expectations by 60 percent, and the premiums halved.' And then Joan continues...The state’s success was no accident. It began with a receptive customer base and the benefit of experience, since New York already had some of the country’s most generous insurance coverage for the poor and sick...Good journalism

New York had some of the highest rates in the nation. Its good to see New Yorkers getting some relief.

“Individual premiums for Manhattan residents, for instance, dropped from $1,534 for a standard health maintenance organization, or H.M.O., in 2013 to $621 for a ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 15, 2014
Sirajul reviewed this story - Apr 15, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

An original story by Seattle Times staff columnist that said 'despite being given the largest state tax break in U.S. history, Boeing is shipping jobs out of the state.' Seattle Times is a reliable and reputable publication, and their credibility for journalistic quality is beyond question, which helps it maintain a good dialogue with its audience. This story also did a public service. The author also inform readers how the Boeing decision is going to affect their lives. All sources of information is named; links to factual evidence provided; third-party studies and reports cited. Good local journalism.

Corporate tax breaks should only be given by a government on a per capita basis for the hiring of a member of the local workforce.

“My bias is that Washington state built this company,” he said. “But now I feel like I’m more Boeing than the current CEO. And I don’t ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Apr 15, 2014
Sirajul reviewed this story - Apr 10, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.2

This story written by investigative reporter Robert Parry challenges the 'established' Western narration of the events in Ukraine since 22nd February which was mostly followed by the Western governments and mainstream media, and widely believed by the people in those countries. As an specific reference to a story published in The new York Times, Parry raised some questions regarding NYT's 'hiding' of some specific information that could establish the link to Ukrainian 'revolution' to a 'scheme' of Ukrainian 'neo-Nazis' and some State Department bureaucrats. The story gives a perspective on the Ukrainian issue, at least, and the author's arguments aren't illogical. It can be said that the story is insightful which "connects the ... More »

There are reasons to believe that the mainstream American media have long been controlled with the intent to generate propaganda. So, the allegations raised by Robert parry can't simply be rejected outright. It is more true when some details have been out already what exactly happened in Kiev and Lviv during the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Airbrushed out of the picture is the fact that the uprising had financial support and political encouragement from U.S. officials, including neocon Assistant Secretary of ... More »

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Sirajul reviewed this story - Apr 10, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

An informative and insightful story by Mother Jones staff reporter Stephanie Mencimer on this 'low-focused' but high in public interest issue. It's almost historic that our attitude towards mentally ill people is negligent, and they are seen more as a liability than assets, and as such, there is little problem or family/societal resistance to ditch them out. This story presented this case with adequate information after conducting/assimilating necessary research. Good and brave Mother Jones journalism.

The bad aspect of the mental illness is that they are seldom seen as a patient, and as such, there is no better place for them to live in this world. But added to that plight, I'm sorry to say, the U.S. is maybe the least choice of even any patient who doesn't have a fat purse.

The numbers of incarcerated mentally ill have been growing, and TAC reports that their treatment in the corrections system is nothing less than ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 22, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

A comprehensive and informative article by Tara Lohan appeared on AlterNet who authored books on water and allied issues, and an expert. The story is detailed, insightful and well-referenced in support of her story. Most importantly, this story is distinct pointer as to what is coming…So, this is an important piece…Good journalism.

At this point, all the discussions so far I’ve followed on California draught are economic. But in very short order, this starts being a situation where people might be just dying or have to flee elsewhere to save their lives.

Right now the state is in the third year of a deepening drought, but it may be part of a much longer trend, one that could last decades, even centuries according to ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Feb. 19, 2014

A commenter named Frank Joyce writes: As a Detroiter who spends a lot of time in California, I have long thought that California is in the early stages of a water- bankruptcy virtually identical to Detroit’s financial bankruptcy. The process that produced both is the same as ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2014
Sirajul posted this story - Feb 19, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Feb. 19, 2014

After the failed ‘reset’ of the U.S. with Russia, a new confrontational nature of geopolitics is at play right now. Secretary of State of the United State openly criticizes Russia and Syria for the failure of the Geneva II talks, Ukraine is now freshly blazing and Bosnians see ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 19, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

A Kiev, Ukraine dateline report filed by ANDREW HIGGINS and ANDREW E. KRAMER who provided a live reporting about the Ukraine's recent violent civil strife after Russian renewal of $2 billion to Ukraine government. The reporting is contributed by Oksana Lyachynska whose identification however wasn't given by the NY Times. It's a good report on an ever unfolding civil disobedience activity that took 25 lives so far because it has many links, e.g. Satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe via Google Earth, Map: Satellite Images of the Protests in Kiev, slide show of photos, many other links to stories etc. The narration of the report is also professional which is based on interviews of different stakeholders of this highly charged ... More »

The violence, which will resonate for weeks, months or even years around this fragile and bitterly divided former Soviet republic of 46 million people of whom, more or less, half speaks Russian, exposed the irrelevance of the foreigners in this dispute. the problem is created by history or God, and as such, money can't solve the crisis.

“It is called the tactic of scorched earth,” said a protester who identified himself as Andriy. More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 18, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Feb. 18, 2014

A broader line is evident in the horizon as some recent internal and external incidents happened in both Germany and the U.S. This story suggests that a line being drawn in between Germany and America whatever the issues being raised and wherever the issues are groomed. A trend of ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 18, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.7

Der Spiegel staff writers HUBERT GUDE, HORAND KNAUP, JÖRG SCHINDLER, FIDELIUS SCHMID AND HOLGER STARK wrote this original and breaking story that Germany might begin counterespionage measures aimed at allies in the wake of the reports that America espionage on Germany including its Chancellor Angela Merkel. The story says that Germany wanted an answer from the U.S. but as they didn’t come up the way Germany expected, officials in Berlin are considering this new approach. The changes mean that, nine months after the NSA affair, the German government is steering towards a serious confrontation with the U.S. It would mark a break with the decades-long practice of allowing Western partners to essentially do as they please in ... More »

While the change sounded inoffensive, it marked nothing less than the start of a political about-face. If the Germans plans to turn its own spies against countries like the United States putting them on the same level as the Chinese, Russians and North Koreans, its really something like a different world.

The stubbornness of the Americans, who have answered few relevant questions from Germany during the National Security Agency spying scandal, has angered the new government, ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 18, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Feb. 18, 2014

One of the supporters of Netanyahu wrote in the comments section that “If the author change ‘shameful’ to ‘well-deserved’, the picture would be much clearer. Netanyahu has all the valid reasons to despise and mistrust the local press, and the vast majority of the Israeli ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 18, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.0

A strongly-worded opinion piece on the political behaviour of Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu by Emily L. Hauser appeared on The Haaretz. This opinion writer points her finger at Netanyahu who reportedly avoids Israeli reporters which she says speaks how the primier treats the democratic process in Israel and his own people. One commentator writes “Just like his new best foreign friend, the Canadian Prime Minister.” the story is original and balanced.

Like many who enjoy the luxury of a free press, Israelis maintain a somewhat fractious relationship with the media. Thus, when politicians or the otherwise famous, refuse ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 18, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Feb. 17, 2014

Bosnia is a dangerous puzzle. For example:
-Bosnian Serbs wish to secede from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
-Bosnian Croats wish to have a third entity so that their rights as a constituent people can be preserved as it has been eroded by way of the Muslim-dominant ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 17, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

A story by David Rohde, the two time Pulitzer Prize winner and a past reporter at the NYT, on the recent development in Bosnia. The story was written mainly after interviewing some Bosnians, young ad old, professors to think tank analysts to let readers know the situation of that complex country, and even more about one of the most complex political problem in the world. He also quoted Paddy Ashdown, a British politician who has long championed aggressive international action in Bosnia, who said to CNN last week that the international community should force Bosnia's political parties to accept long-stalled reforms to the 1995 Dayton peace accords. Good news story has been broken by Rohde that perhaps come to dominate the ... More »

Thanks to David Rohde for all the elaboration he has provided in the article; it’s somewhat teaching us a lot. Of course, I'm taking the storywriter’s version of the situation at face value, because he obviously has an abundance of knowledge on Bosnia. But I suppose I have to hedge my comment with the realisation, because this is Bosnia we're talking about, that there may be another perspective out there. Bosnia is an unbelievably complex situation. I remember reporters during ... More »

“These are the most dramatic – and in some ways the most important – protests that have happened since the end of the war,” said Larisa Kurtovic, an ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 17, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Feb. 17, 2014

Drought is not new to California. Each New Year brings the danger of even worse drought than before. This summer is expected to be worse already since many of the water sources, such as the Colorado River, has been hit hard. If there’s a change then it’s because there’s a ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 17, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

A highly informative and contextual story by David Cay Johnston on California draught whose main point was to say that California farms are slow to adopt water-saving technology for which many in the U.S. and even in the entire world have to pay the price. The story appeared on the Newsweek, once a highly trusted publication but now ceased to print it magazine but available online. The story offered reliable information. It's original, serves public interest.

In 2012 Hansen warned in a NY Times of a return to Dust Bowls, writing, “over the next several decades, the Western United States and the semi-arid region from North Dakota to Texas will develop semi-permanent drought … California’s Central Valley could no longer be irrigated. Food prices would rise to unprecedented levels.” This is what David Cay Johnston wrote in his story at last that as long as farmers in California resist the switch to more efficient technology, i.e. ... More »

In geologic terms, though, extended droughts are nothing new. Analysis of tree rings found that California twice endured droughts that lasted about two centuries each, both ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 17, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 17, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.4

Per Lijas reporting on TIME Magazine that that some three American consular officials accused of conspiring with opposition protesters in Caracas and as the consequence, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro vowed to expel them. The report also mentioned that Venezuela has a long tradition of expelling diplomats from the U.S., a country with which it has not shared ambassador-level links since 2010. Good first-hand report of a diplomatic development.

“We are determined to defend our country,” said Maduro in a televised speech on Sunday. More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Feb 17, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Feb 17, 2014
Sirajul reviewed this story - Feb 16, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

Carola Hoyos reports on buoyant arms sales in Asia thanks to regional crisis. Citing the former head of Raytheon’s international business who talked frankly about what drives the sales of the U.S. defence company’s Patriot defensive system, which shoots down enemy missiles. I would like to recommend this story because it was good enough for me to read it through the end. A good piece in journalism that about who's and why's of wars and arms trading.

This report brings out an important piece of information, and that is, Western monopoly in the arms manufacturing and trading is waning and there are Asian rivals on the horizon, and some are working hard to be able to offer more sophisticated and valuable equipment.

In 2013, Asia spent $322bn on military budgets, up from $262bn in 2010, with China growing more dominant. Military spending in China grew 43.2 per cent from 2008 to 2013, ... More »

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