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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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Topics: INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, International affair
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Address: House # 51, 4th Floor, Block - Ka, Pisciculture Housing Society, Shyamoli, Dhaka, BD
Phone: +880-2-8853576
Last Visit: Aug 27, 2014 - 5:07 AM PDT
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2012 - 8:28 AM PST

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

Juan Cole has a superb little column on the ironies of the U.S. (and U.K., Germany, France, Italy) rejection of the Egyptian and UAE bombing of Libya.

According to the BBC, “the US, France, Germany, Italy and the UK issued a joint statement denouncing “outside interference” in Libya.” ... More »

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Sirajul reviewed this story - Aug 27, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

Libya fit into Syria and Iraq right now in the surge of ISIS because it’s fundamental to the entire story. The Muslim Brotherhood leader in Libya, Salah Badi (known as Misrata militant leader) might now affiliated with the ISIS anytime they are the posh guys now in the jihadist world. Onecan understand it if s/he looks at Mali, or if s/he looks at other al-Qaeda manifestation. We observed many times people opportunistically say, we are al-Qaeda...since many al-Qaeda in Mali were ... More »

Egyptian military, despite the politics, had very close liaison with the Syrian military and, similarly, with the Libyan military. Now, the Libyan military has vastly ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 26, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

An interesting piece by Mehdi Hasan from the New Statesman (reposted at the New Republic) on volunteers for ISIS's version of jihad and just how ignorant of Islam some of them are. Two of them left the U.S. with copies of "Islam for Dummies" and "The Koran for Dummies"! It's a nice wake-up piece on just how strange and modern is the phenomenon of rabid jihadism that prefers to look exceedingly religious and seventh century, and is anything but. Good journalism; enterprising, informative, and breaks new ground.

Not surprised…Good analysis. Well this matches the preparation countries give their ambassadors to other countries... Hopefully this will bring society one step closer to realizing that Islam is not the problem and that all the open demonization, spying programs etc. are doing nothing but exacerbating the situation.

In 2008, a classified briefing note on radicalisation, prepared by MI5’s behavioural science unit, was leaked to the Guardian. It revealed that, “far from being ... More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Aug. 26, 2014

Lots of Muslims have been saying this but it falls on deaf ears for the most part. Too many people want easy categorizations, and so the developments.

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 26, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 26, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Aug. 25, 2014

Christopher Golden you are an inspiration. Your work and life in a remote and exotic Madagascar is phenomenal. Thank you for understanding how important original human habitation is and the ability of nature to sustain human life. There will be a time on earth, when the balance of ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 25, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

It’s good journalism because this work by ecologist and epidemiologist Christopher Golden is original and his research in a remote and exotic Madagascar is phenomenal. His understanding is important because he has explored for a link in between the original human habitation and the ability of nature to sustain human life. We affect our environment and our environment affects us whether we live in the bush of Madagascar or in a posh city. Our health is intricately connected to our environment. Perhaps this research in the remote regions of Madagascar can teach us all how to live in our changing world in a more sustainable manner.

In relation to subsistence cultures, we fully understand that there must simply be a balance, the same one that has existed for millennia. In other settings, dependence on animal-derived products from the wild is just not sustainable. Animal husbandry was invented after noticing that a few thousand years ago. Those ancestral peoples who still live in the bush certainly have a right to exploit wildlife for their own consumption. But how people who live in cities consume products from ... More »

“My goal is to use empirical data and predictive models to quantify how problems like wildlife depletion or climate change affect the well-being of people, and then ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 25, 2014
Sirajul posted this story - Aug 25, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Aug. 23, 2014

We just can’t help ourselves, always looking forward and never analyzing why the invasion in Iraq went so terribly wrong and created the extremist group ISIS. Never asking why if ISIS is the greatest threat to America since ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 23, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.2

A report on possible U.S. airstrike in Syria (to do what to the ISIS militants is still unknown). But what is being reported, says that the U.S. may violate Syria's border to carry out its military mission but may not "punish Mr. Assad's government or to further his ouster but to cripple ISIS." The report is plain and inconclusive, but delivered some information without quoting any source.

We know, pirates aren't allowed to terrorize the ocean, but, in the name of pirate hunt, countries sovereignty aren't violated. It should be the same case here. If ISIS are pirates on land and the international community comes together to stop them, then it's one thing. But, if they want to violate Syria's sovereignty, or work in disfavour of the Syrian government, that's different.

“If you come after Americans, we’re going to come after you, wherever you are,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, the president’s deputy national security adviser, told reporters ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 23, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

This story by Alexander E.M. Hess and Thomas C. Frohlich of 24/7 Wall St. is good journalism because it reports, quoting experts, that drought has been a long-running issue in parts of the U.S., and if the problems of water scarcity isn't solved in the states then the people living there face dire situation. Not only that, U.S.'s economy will be hurt in the long run which may cause political instability. The report is well sourced and referenced, and have details of the state wise problems.

Saving people from the drought, which is an effect of global warming, might be surprisingly cheap. To avoid dangerous climate change, the world needs to boost spending on green energy by $1 trillion a year. That sounds scarily large, but the governments could cover a lot of it using the subsidies currently handed to fossil fuels.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced by the USDA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Drought Mitigation ... More »

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NT Rating: 4.4 | See All NT Reviews »
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 22, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 22, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Aug. 22, 2014

Some people in the U.S. and Israel had long sought to dominate the Persian Gulf and use it as a launch pad in their grand strategy of global dominance. When fear of communism and inter-state wars ceased to justify this agenda, 9/11 came to the rescue. Sectarian division eliminated ... More »

Sirajul reviewed this story - Aug 22, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.4

This story, an excerpt of Patrick Cockburn’s introductory Chapter of his book “The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising” written for TomDispatch, an appeared at that site (reposted at MJ) builds upon unconventional thoughts, and has insights and information packed. The case in point is a Middle-East militant outfit, ISIS (or ISIL) that the U.S. had reportedly trained to fight against Asad, and which has demonstrated recently its ruthlessness against a journalist whom they slaughtered and posted the grisly crime to the Net to lure the Americans to start a new war. The veteran ME journalist works for the British newspaper The Independent, Patrick, has put a credible context to a saga once told at the beginning of ... More »

Does America do anything? Predictably, yes. Defense One published an article a day or two before written by Gen. Allen, who supported all the recent moves taken by the U.S. president and advised that “American and allied efforts must operate against IS from Mosul in the east across its entire depth to western Syria. In that regard, ‘sovereignty’ in the context of its airspace and territory is not something we should grant President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Syria is ... More »

By continuing these contradictory policies in two countries, the US has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in Iraq from Syria and vice ... More »

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Sirajul reviewed this story - Aug 21, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
3.9

An opinion piece by James McKeon on the probable Scottish independence and U.K.'s probable obligation for moving their nukes based in Scotland. This story raised questions as to why the U.K. government didn't acknowledge or publish a backup plan for its Scotland-based nuclear weapons when the referendum is nearby. But, the writer's point may not be all that true that U.K. is deliberately doing so using their nuclear weapons stock in Scotland as political pawns because it would be a technical mistake for U.K. government to plan for nuclear repatriation before the independence vote. They certainly do so after the 'yes' referendum along with separation negotiations on debt, pensions, currency, assets and the like. We understand ... More »

This Scottish referendum is taking place at a time when, thanks to a confluence of economic and political circumstances, European voters are uniquely fed up with the status quo, rewarding populist parties of all political stripes at the ballot box, and a number of separatist movements, not just in U.K.,are seeing their popular support surge. So, the Scottish nationalists have a better chance, but their secession negotiation would certainly be thorny because the British have to loose ... More »

Since the mid-1990s, the UK Trident program has been the only nuclear deterrent in Britain’s arsenal and its successor is scheduled to enter service in 2028. Here’s the ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Aug 21, 2014
Sirajul posted this story - Aug 21, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 21, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.6

Writing for Reuters, David Rohde, who as a reporter for the Times was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008 but managed to escape from captivity after seven months, argues that the U.S. policy of not paying ransoms for terrorist hostages may have led to Foley’s death. This piece is good journalism because the two-time Pulitzer winner Rohde takes the pain to take it onto the table that the United States’ no-ransom policy doesn't actually stands when one analyzes the deal for Bowe Bergdahl. This opinion piece is also insightful in the sense that, as Rohde argues, it would be helpful if all Western governments were on the same page, not the U.S. alone.

Governments must at times negotiate and even grant concessions to groups it considers to be terrorists because the decision about whether to do so should be made less on the basis of the group’s relative odiousness than on whether such a deal could help stop violence, save life of a professional, and most of all, avoid mass scale military confrontation against the violators later. Paying a ransom may be wiser than starting a new war - get into the vortex of quicksand.

The U.S. government refused to negotiate or pay a ransom in Foley’s case or for any other American captives — including my own abduction by the Taliban five years ago. More »

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Sirajul commented on this story – Aug. 21, 2014

The tough-guy “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” mantra sounds great in practice, but almost all governments do it from time to time. The U.S., of course, released five Taliban detainees from Guantánamo Bay earlier this summer in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Secretary of ... More »

Sirajul posted this story - Aug 21, 2014
Sirajul posted this story - Aug 21, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 21, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Aug. 20, 2014
Mr. James Foley was reportedly a completely different kind of journalist. Some describing him as an “innocent party” to a war in which there are many sides. What’s made this so different of course is that James Foley was an independent journalist, and as he was not implicated in ... More »
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 20, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.3

Tim Walker reports at The Independent based primarily on the video posted online by the 'Isis jihadist group' who says he is going to behead James Foley, and warns U.S. President second journalist Steven Sotloff could be executed. Though the report quotes British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond (on Radio 4’s Today programme) and Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the U.S. National Security Council, it is mainly base on the video, and narrated what was told and shown on that video. Better reporting on James Foley murder; good journalism.

Captured and held for six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, who used to contribute video for Agence France-Presse and the media company GlobalPost, and taught in Arizona, Massachusetts and Chicago before switching careers to become a journalist, James knew the risks when he went to Syria two years ago to cover the escalating violence there but didn't knew what is going to unfold there...

Earlier today, the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, confirmed that the militant “appeared to be British” condemned the killing as “one more example in a ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Aug 20, 2014
Sirajul posted this story - Aug 20, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 20, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Aug. 19, 2014

In a way, we can think of it as a miniature version of the problem with civil forfeiture laws, which allow state and federal governments to confiscate property allegedly involved in crimes and which are often accused of encouraging ‘for-profit policing’. The same way the ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 19, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.3

An opinion piece by Jeff Smith, now a school professor but had been a Missouri state senator, had a point at the New York Times. He argues that the economic and racial factors have helped shape the current strife in Ferguson that the media can't simply ignore. His big point is that the local police have a strong financial incentive to arrest, ticket, and otherwise harass the city’s black residents for minor offenses, because that’s how the department funds its budget. And, he also points that while the city is two-thirds black now, its mostly white government may be the problem. Smith’s solution to the problem is to remerge St. Louis and its nearby suburbs, which will help the metro area feel less fragmented and help give ... More »

The erstwhile MO senator talking about the broader issues in the U.S. that poison the relationship between a community and the cops who are, theoretically, paid to protect them.

St. Louis County contains 90 municipalities, most with their own city hall and police force. Many rely on revenue generated from traffic tickets and related fines. ... More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Aug 19, 2014
Sirajul posted this story - Aug 19, 2014
Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 18, 2014
Sirajul commented on this story – Aug. 16, 2014

Even sophisticated users are often unaware of how smartphones offer spies a unique opportunity for one-stop shopping for information. By having these devices in our pockets and using them more and more, we’re somehow becoming a sensor for the world intelligence community. ... More »

Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 16, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.3

A blog post by Lily Hay Newman of Future Tense about a new research that says the gyroscopes in smartphones can be taken over by a hackers and used for something listening. The research will be presented at the Usenix security conference next week...It's good journalism because it is informing readers that smartphones may be are nothing more than nicely packaged tracking devices that not only have the potentials to breach our privacy but can be a tool to spy on people.

Well, this story reveals again that we think we use technology to ease our lives but these devices can be tools for some to watch or listen to us electronically through our computers and phones.

Stanford computer security professor Dan Boneh, a member of the group, told Wired, “It’s actually quite dangerous to give direct access to the hardware like this ... More »

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Sirajul posted and reviewed this story - Aug 16, 2014
Sirajul reviewed this story - Aug 6, 2014
Sirajul's Rating
4.5

This story is good journalism because it quoted the original statements of the U.S. and U.N. which signifies that not only the elite opinion-makers including journalists and politicians in the West begun to shift from their positions but their official position and/or wordings also have changed after the way Israel have shown cruelty to the Gazans.

Starting with the near monopoly Israel once enjoyed over the mind share of public-opinion elites in the West, a generation of global citizens is rising to power without the Israeli narrative embedded so firmly in its consciousness. This story hints that Israel’s decades-old public relations and political dominance is coming to an end. Hamas may want to prevail while letting their own people killed but Israel’s approach is also under challenge.

State Department issued a statement saying, “The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school.” More »

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Sirajul posted this story - Aug 5, 2014