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Civil Aviation : Nationalism or Economic Benefits?

Mubashar Hasan presents an overview of politics in the global civil aviation industry. The author argues that civil aviation is a highly protected industry dominated by national interest rather then general rules of economics.

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Women in the Workplace: Discrimination in Western Europe and South Asia

While popular wisdom holds that liberal democracies in the West have left behind discrimination against women in the workplace — and definitely in comparison to their cousins in Asia there has indeed been significant progress — gender discrimination is still very prevalent across the world. Fahmida Zaman’s essay explores this theme and outlines what legislative support women may expect in their fight against this scourge.

The ICT & The Shahbagh Movment: The Crisis of Neutrality in British Bangladeshi Media

A London Based British Bangladeshi journalist Mr. Muhammad Abdul Hye Ibne Safi presents an insightful evaluation of the growing partisanship in Bangladeshi journalism and its negative impact on British Bangladeshi media in the UK, set against the backdrop of two most talked about political events of Bangladesh in 2013- The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) and the Shahbagh Movement.

Debating Multiculturalism: Quebec Charter of Values- Secularism or Islamophobia?

Zerin Nusrat critically examines the proposed bill “Quebec Charter of Values” introduced by the governing Parti Québécois (PQ) in Quebec, Canada. If the bill is passed, it would “prohibit public sector employees from wearing or displaying conspicuous religious symbols.” This will create disadvantage for hijab wearing Muslim women living in Quebec. Nusrat argues that this proposed bill is a manifestation of Islamophobia. She further criticises ‘patriarchal feminists’ including the superstar Celine Dion who supports the bill to liberate Muslim women from male patriarchy from a wrong assumption that Muslim women in Quebec have no agency in wearing Hijab.

Perceptions of Love: The “Divinity” of True Love

Love is spiritual. It is a spiritual feelings that “rips through our soul like a powerful hurricane, uprooting our usual attachment and habits. It causes joy as well as pain, ecstasy as well as longing. ” What is the spiritual significance of true love? Using an example of true love between a woman and a blind man in London, Mubashar Hasan, explains the divine aspect of true love.

Jihad and the Shia-Sunni Conflict in the Muslim World

The current conflict between the Shia and Sunni factions has seen Jihad being used and manipulated by both sides to give a religious legitimation to their ongoing violent acts. Since the attacks of 9/11 as well as many other Middle Eastern regions, Iraq has been at the centre of Shia Sunni conflict. The centrality of Iraq with Islamic history is important to acknowledge as this was the place where Imam Hussain was martyred by one of Yaseed’s soldiers Muawiyyah, in the battle of Karbala. Therefore, Iraq, can be argued to have been a site of turbulent sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni factions, not only throughout history, but in the twenty-first century as well, which has thus resulted in the use of Jihad as the ‘choice of religious justification’ to be used.

Love, Hope and Happiness in Gaza

Gaza is perhaps one of the most dangerous places in the earth to live. Lives here are torn apart in politics, conflict and blockade. It is rare that we hear positive news from Gaza. Even from this hopeless situation, our regular contributor Rasha N. AbuShaaban sent us an amazingly uplifting story. A story about inspiration, hope and happiness in Gaza. A story of defying odds, a story of bravery and love.