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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

15 April 2015

Bengali New Year Takes a Colorful Stand Against Religious Extremism in Bangladesh

Among the fun and festivities for Bengali New Year in Bangladesh was a serious message, "Burn many lights in the darkness of hearts," to commemorate bloggers and activists recently murdered.

28 February 2015

Imported Bollywood Films Have Become Quite a Drama in Bangladesh

Popular Bangladeshi actor Shakib Khan joined protests against Indian movies being screened, arguing it would hurt the country's struggling film industry. Film distributors and cinema owners then banned his films.

27 February 2015

The Political Violence in Bangladesh Is Claiming Too Many Lives

I close the windows of my car, and think of buying a fire extinguisher. [Then], if a bomb is thrown inside my car, I'd be able to douse the fire.

20 February 2015

Afghanistan Makes History in Cricket World Cup, Despite Debut Loss to Bangladesh

Afghanistan competed in its first ever game in the Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh, also comparatively new to the international sporting competition.

17 February 2015

Bangladeshi Publisher Faces Death Threats Over Translation of Controversial Iranian Writer's Book

Riaz Khan pulled the Bangla translation of "23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Muhammad" after its publication sparked outrage from hardline religious groups, but the threats continue.

10 February 2015

Explore Bangladesh From Your Computer, Thanks to Google Street View

Bangladesh's Google Street View launched February 5. One Facebook user posted his amusement at seeing his lungi, a sarong-type cloth, appear in the image (it was hanging from his balcony).

9 February 2015

Gardeners Are Repurposing Coconut Waste as Eco-Friendly Plant Pots

Using coir pots that can be planted can save an estimated 100 million plastic pots from ending up in garbage cans.

4 February 2015

Mumbai Newspaper Editor Fired, Arrested for Republishing Charlie Hebdo Cartoon

Shirin Dalvi is accused of hurting religious sentiments. She says printing the cartoon was an honest mistake, but that no one is listening to her side of the story.

9 January 2015

A New Era Begins for Sri Lanka After President Mahinda Rajapaksa Concedes Defeat

The two-time president lost to former Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena, the candidate for the main opposition United National Party, who earned 51.28 percent of the votes.

8 January 2015

Your Guide to Sri Lanka's 2015 Presidential Election

Incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa faces off against his former health minister, Maithripala Sirisena, in a presidential contest rife with electoral violations, social media manipulation, and constitutional stakes for Sri Lanka.

26 December 2014

Somber Scenes as World Mourns Pakistani Children Slain in Peshawar Attack

Vigils remembering those killed when a group of Taliban gunmen stormed an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan, have taken place around the world, from Canada to Tanzania and Sri Lanka.

21 December 2014

Pakistanis Say #ReclaimYourMosques From Radicalism in Rare, Bold Protests

After the horrific Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar that killed more than hundred and thirty students, a controversial cleric refused to condemn the massacre, sparking protests.

16 December 2014

#IndiaWithPakistan: Indians Show Solidarity With Their Grieving Neighbors After Peshawar Attack

"Yes, I am Indian. So what? The pain of losing a child is universal. #IndiawithPakistan"

14 December 2014

Massive Oil Spill Threatens Bangladesh's Sundarbans

Protesters are demanding a stronger government response. Absent effective government measures, however, Bangladesh will have to keep relying on civil society and volunteers in this environmental disaster.

9 December 2014

Jaywalking Just Got Even Riskier in Bangladesh

People in Bangladesh often cross busy roads by stepping into traffic, rather than using the crosswalks built for pedestrians. This behavior is both a public safety and a traffic hazard.

28 November 2014

Mourning Cricket Fans Honor Australia's Phillip Hughes With #PutOutYourBats

A Sydney IT worker's Twitter tribute to Hughes, who died Thursday, has gone viral. Fans are posting photos of a cricket bat and cap placed outside their door.

26 November 2014

In Cricket-Crazy India, Basketball Is Quietly Empowering Girls’ Lives

Meet the girls of Gangyap, who are national level champions in basketball, a sport that was foreign in their remote mountainous village until recently.

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