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What Was Shahbag Up Against?

The rise of political Islam worldwide, having come through organisations believing in the ideas birthed and shaped by Mawlana Mawdudi and Sayyid Qutb, is noteworthy. The world has witnessed armed and political confl icts fought on the frontlines of religious ideologies, some calling it the "war on terror", others, the "Jihad". It is in this context that the recent phenomenon of the Shahbag movement should be seen. It seems to be standing in opposition to the brand of political Islam of Mawdudi's Jamaat-e-Islami, whose leaders are complicit in the war crimes perpetrated in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, and which is a part of that convergence of ideas propagating a new world order, arguably an Islamic Caliphate.

The Standing Man of Turkey

The upsurge of protest in Turkey is not the result of any deeprooted conspiracy or a few miscreants letting loose their animal spirits, as the government would have it. Rather, it is a spontaneous outburst of anger from ordinary people who have borne the brunt of the Erdogan administration's neo-liberal growth model for the last decade.

Social Discontent in Brazil

The waves of protest in Brazil's cities and towns were set off by the seemingly innocuous issue of increased bus fares, which then opened the gates to a flood of demands ranging from better accountability and less corruption to improved public services. A diffuse movement with no clear leadership, it has to be seen if people's anger will be turned into meaningful change.
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