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Rezwan

I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh and I have been blogging at The 3rd world view since 2003. I have been bridgeblogging the Bangladeshi and South Asian Blogosphere in Global Voices since 2005. I am also the translator coordinator for the Global Voices Bangla Lingua and love translating selected Global Voices posts into my mother tongue Bangla. I also like to follow the groundbreaking outreach projects of Rising Voices and write about them. Follow me at @rezwan.

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Latest posts by Rezwan

22 February 2018

Laughing in the Face of an Internet Shutdown In Bangladesh

"To stop the leaks, better to cancel the exam rather than shutting the internet down. Then you won't have to worry about leaks anymore."

7 February 2018

‘According to the Digital Security Law, I am a Spy': Bangladeshi Journalists Defend Their Right to Investigate

Advox

"The Digital Security Act (2018) is an Eyewash. It is section 57 (ICT Act) for all intent and purposes. All the provisions have merely been redistributed among other sections."

4 February 2018

A Judicial Coup? Maldives Court Orders Retrial and Immediate Release of Jailed Opposition Leaders

The Supreme Court of the Maldives ordered the immediate release of high-profile opposition leaders and ordered their retrials. This government has postponed the opening of this year's parliament session indefinitely.

23 January 2018

Shifts in Bangladeshi Wedding Culture Bring a Change to the Menu

Although the dishes served at Bangladeshi weddings have started to change, one thing always remains the same -- they are delicious. 

29 December 2017

From Internet Blackouts to Violent Attacks, South Asia Saw New Threats to Free Expression Online in 2017

Advox

In 2017, South Asian countries faced growing challenges in the field of internet freedom, censorship, and freedom of expression.

26 November 2017

What's in a Scarf? A Robot Restaurant in Bangladesh Serves up Controversy

"I was not surprised to see that the robot had to wear a scarf. Isn't that normal here?

23 November 2017

Social Media Rumors Escalate Buddhist-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka

"Sri Lankans tend to digest media uncritically and unquestioningly. This will have to change in order to stop misinformation from spreading – and this can be done through spreading awareness."

9 November 2017

Freedom of Expression or ‘Obscene Representation'? The Case Against Indian Cartoonist Bala G

Advox

"The incident made me think that my children were burning. I have no words to express my sorrow, so I drew the cartoon out of rage."

5 November 2017

Bangladeshi Auto-Rickshaw Driver Sues Actor Shakib Khan for Using His Phone Number in Movie

The driver received more than 400 calls in five days from fans hoping to talk with the film actor. The calls affected his livelihood and nearly ruined his marriage.

1 November 2017

Activist Faces Imprisonment For His Book Criticizing The Indian River Inter-Linking Project

"Sedition case for writing against river linking! This is a most financially, socially, environmentally disastrous idea."

21 October 2017

Some Kashmiris Think Indian Authorities Are Behind Braid-Chopping Attacks Against Women

"Some people believe that it is the revival of old tactics of New Delhi, creating fear psychosis in the public to divert them from the sentiment of freedom."

20 October 2017

In Nepal, Every Dog Has Its Day—and That Day Is Called Kukur Tihar

"Reverence to every creature is the basic norms of Hindu mythology. Today is the day of Dog in Nepal. Happy 'Kukur Tihar' (Dog worshiping)"

11 October 2017

After Disqualification, Ex-Miss World Bangladesh Reveals She Is a Child Marriage Survivor

"You have been blind to the facts that she was a victim of a child marriage and became a successful model and a biker without any support from the family"

8 October 2017

Will India’s Blood Banks Benefit From Facebook’s New Blood Donor Registration Feature?

"Becoming a blood donor on Facebook is like feeding the poor by forwarding food pictures on WhatsApp."

7 October 2017

Farmers in India's Rajasthan Sit Neck-Deep in Mud to Protest Forceful Land Acquisition

"These #farmers are not begging for favors or asking for alms, they are demanding what is their genuine right."

29 September 2017

Sri Lanka Condemns Mob Attack Against Rohingya Refugees by Buddhist Monks

"I condemn these actions as a Buddhist who is very proud of the fact that Buddhism is a religion of non-violence & compassion."

6 September 2017

Scenes From the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border, Where Rohingya Refugees Are Seeking Refuge From Violence

"...at least few more hours of walk[ing] before they can rest and maybe one kind villager will show up and offer them some food and some water."

5 September 2017

A Hashtag Pokes Fun at the Shared Quirks Among Bangladeshis

"You can move an elephant/hippo/rhino with the horns of your car, but not me. #IAmBangladeshi"

29 August 2017

Thousands of Rohingyas Fleeing Violence Are Stranded on the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border

"Desperate scenes at Bangladesh's border as Border Guard try to prevent entry to fleeing #Rohingya"

16 August 2017

Deadly Floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal Wreak Havoc

At least 6 million people were affected by the floods in Nepal's Terai region and more than 48,000 homes were submerged.

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