Hokkolorob, the title of a composition by the popular Bangladeshi musician, Arnob, was the mobilizational theme of a momentous student movement in India last year. Subhasish Ray, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the National University of Singapore argues that the choice of this theme marks a new and exciting phase in the evolution of protest music in India.
Against the backdrop of Oregon college shooting in America, Jonathan Byrd, an American singer-songwriter offers an insightful sociological analysis behind America’s gun problem. He argues: ” When millions of people live close to the bone in a country that doesn’t seem to care about them, and the most effective weapons in the world are widely available, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to paint the resulting picture.”
Professor Adil Khan of University of Queensland argues: “as the year 2015 winds down we can take stock of the successes and failures of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Whether these goals have succeeded or failed in certain places, one thing is clear – the wellbeing of society, or lack thereof, is not reflected in GDP growth figures or employment outcomes. We need to put more effort into the development of society and community rather than simply building bigger neoliberal economies.” This is an excellent critic of UN’s new agenda for development –Sustainable Development Goals.
Martin Griffiths and Mubashar Hasan argue that increasing influence of Islamist groups can be linked to successive governments in Bangladesh moving away from the promise of secularism that underpinned the creation of the country.
According to Dr. Ali Riaz of the Illinois State University, rather than fanning the flames of hatred against Muslims and immigrants, Republican presidential candidates should educate themselves on the strong contribution they make to America.
Dealing with Daesh requires either a concerted attempt at containment or a direct attack on the military and civic control infrastructure of the group. Morally speaking, the problem with either of these strategies is that they will result in considerable suffering for the people under Daesh’s control.
Dr. Moazzem Hossain, who jointly convened a session on ‘Asia on the Frontlines: Projected Implications, Vulnerability and Adaptation’ during the recently held International Scientific Conference in Paris titled ‘Our Common Future under Climate Change’, reflects on the conference outcomes and implications. The four-day conference was the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21).