Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Deadly Violence in Dhaka

Protestors rallied in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Sunday over the latest attacks against secular writers and publishers and accusing the government of failing to halt rising deadly violence blamed on hardline Islamists.
On Saturday, Faisal Arefin Dipon, 43, was savagely hacked to death in his third-floor office at the Jagriti Prokashoni publishing house in the city center, hours after another publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and two writers were badly injured in a similar and separate attack.
Ansar al-Islam. the local affiliate of al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attacks, along with the four earlier ones (read my post dated May 15, 2015 titled "Bloggers Die in Bangladesh"), branding the victims “blasphemers” and warning anybody who writes and/or promotes secularism will be marked for death.
Moderate Islam is suffering a slow and painful death.
Yesterday, I was in KL’s Jalan Hose for the NAWEM Toastmasters meeting. I evaluated two project speakers – one did an Ice Breaker and the other an Advanced speech from the Storytelling manual. And I was voted Best Speech Evaluator. But then again, I had two evaluation opportunities; the others (Sandra Ghouse, Andal Krishnan and Meyyappa Manikam) only one.


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