Ashfaque Swapan

The writer is an Atlanta (US) based freelance journalist.

September 18, 2021
September 18, 2021

The great ‘tamasha’ of California recall election

It was a political circus almost as outsized as America’s largest state: California.

August 15, 2021
August 15, 2021

A pluralism that transcended the sectarian divide

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is rightly celebrated for leading the people of Bangladesh to independence after a prolonged, decades-long struggle that required acute political acumen, a...

June 6, 2021
June 6, 2021

Sobering lessons 100 years after the massacre of African Americans

Racism is America’s original sin. Its manifestations are myriad, and notwithstanding occasional spurts of progress, the struggle for justice continues to be an uphill battle.

May 23, 2021
May 23, 2021

Domestic cracks in blanket US support for Israel

No child, Palestinian or Israeli, whoever they are, should ever have to worry that death will rain from the sky. How many of my colleagues are willing to say the same, to stand for Palestinian...

May 8, 2021
May 8, 2021

In fond remembrance of the colossus of Bengali cinema

Dear Satyajit Ray: Happy 100th birthday, maestro.

April 17, 2021
April 17, 2021

A US battle between democracy and the fear of it

Hello from Georgia, ground zero in a massive US political battle.

April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021

A plan that serves the people and a party that doesn’t

"Socialism is a scare word they have hurled at every advance the people have made in the last 20 years. Socialism is what they called public power.

March 13, 2021
March 13, 2021

A historic, trillion-dollar triumph for Biden and US

Despite razor-thin majorities in the US Senate and the House—where corralling lawmakers can be as frustrating as herding cats—Biden has managed the near-impossible task of steering through Congress...

February 21, 2021
February 21, 2021

The promise and challenge of Bangla in the digital age

Every Ekushey, we renew our pledge to the language martyrs of 1952 that we will ensure that our beloved Bangla continues to flourish. To redeem this pledge, we need to remember a critical fact: The...

February 20, 2021
February 20, 2021

The strange kabuki of the trial of Donald Trump

The trial of former US President Donald Trump in the US Senate had all the hallmarks of a Shakespearean tragedy. The Democratic impeachment managers put together a chilling case proving Trump’s...