Pro-migrant, anticolonial discourse has been weaponised to support Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup
Our current conceptualisation of race derives heavily from the last couple centuries of European imperialism.
In the middle of an Islamabad night, just before the Pakistan election of 2013, the Irish journalist Declan Walsh was visited by “angels”.
The globetrotting hero-reporter, he of the blonde quiff and the plus four trousers, had many an adventure throughout a 46-year-long run under
Tens of thousands of men sailed across the ocean to a land they’d never before heard the name of. They fought long and hard, in the world’s
The death’s head is panther-stalking her through the party. Bodies washed in neon pink ebb and flow, sinking and rising from the shadows as light thrums.
“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” wrote Rudyard Kipling, a man with a silly name who only had a career because West met East and immediately mugged it, running off with wallet, shoes and pants. Through Kipling’s pen, the British
There is a concept called the Resource Curse. Countries with high quantities of natural resources such as oil and certain minerals have
Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent partnering with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban appears at first blush to be the
If I say fantasy, what do you imagine? Castles, knights, dragons, and different fantasy ‘races’ (by which one means dwarves, elves and
I'm writing this on April 13. Exactly a hundred years ago, today was the day of the Punjabi New Year, celebrated by the Sikhs as Baisakhi. At Baisakhi, 1919, the British Indian army massacred about a thousand people (British inquiries suggested 379 dead) in a garden in Amritsar.
When UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced the decision to prevent Shamima Begum from returning to the UK, many were thrilled—including Bangladeshis.
Tucked away in the hills of Chittagong, and between the overgrown temples of Maynamati, are white stones bearing the names of the African men buried beneath them. We refer to their graves as British graves.
There are certain advantages to being Bangladeshi. (This is not actually true, but for now let's pretend.)
The knights of the heroic king had come to the village. “Have no fear! We will liberate you from the forces of evil!” they cried, as they rode in with the dawn's light.
The day after this article is published, three million Bengalis will have become stateless in India.
In a breathtakingly racist speech, he warned that Europe could turn “black”and have its culture and civilisation overwhelmed by the “barbarian invasions” of migrants from across the Mediterranean.
A few days after Pig-King Trump announced that the brazen and brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi could not be allowed to get in the way of American arms sales to the House of Saud, Jair Bolsonaro became the Brazilian President-elect.
Around Class 3 or so, we were studying Zainul Abedin for our Bangla classes. My peers from English medium schools will remember Bangla textbooks as quaint
I was at a park the other day with my friend Tom—who just so happens to be an adult like myself, which neither of us can be blamed for—and the area was infested with the verminous offspring of other adult humans.
I tried breathing in Dhaka and honestly, if you haven't tried it yourself, I can't recommend it to you. It's a waste of your time—simply the worst.
While simple charity should in an ideal world be taken for granted, in this world of closed borders, ideologies and poverty, we can at least congratulate ourselves a little for having kept the door open to the Rohingyas. Make no mistake: arriving in Bangladesh is not necessarily a solution to all their problems, but at the very least they are for now safe from harm.
On 21 August 2017, Microsoft announced Age of Empires 4. There is a trailer on YouTube, but before you get excited let's break down what we know about the project so far.
Ulver's 2017 release, The Assassination of Julius Caesar, includes in its lyric booklet the celebrated painting Bonaparte before the Sphinx. A great myth, the relic of a lost civilisation juxtaposed against a man who was building his own legend. A man who styled himself after Caesar, whose name bookends an entire era.
Dunkirk is a brilliant film about war, though it is not a “war film” in the traditional sense of the term. War movies are often for rah-rah patriots, but the Battle of Dunkirk was not a victory or a glorious last stand. It was a retreat.
In the aftermath of someone's suicide it is inevitable that those left behind will comment.
What Remains of Edith Finch is a game by Giant Sparrow about what death does to a family.
Risking his life Shakfat looked down at the street below him. It was a solid mass of cars, buses, giants, autorickshaws and a petni's bot gachh fitted with wheels.
Using the powers of malicious stupidity you can avoid all of these confusing, upsetting thoughts and events that force you to criticise and develop yourself. All you have to do is convince yourself that everything that challenges your views is a lie.
"Pree Ashma. Yis-Asram, the Blooded One. Yis-Prama, Hansa and Prat Pavam, who temper my heart. Yisun Atru Vyam. Forgive me for this violence I am about to inflict.”
When writing about robots, it's almost a reflex to begin by referring to them as an enduring science fiction trope – momentarily
If you're anything like me – alive and on social media – you've seen your fair share of people dissatisfied with modern life and the people who live it.
Despite having provided the medium for the classic MOBA model as codified in DotA, Blizzard has elected to shy away from imitating this template.
The managing editor's real name is Vikram and there are rumours that the corpse of the last person to have addressed him by it was found in a canal.
There's this funny thing people do where they attempt to put themselves forward as intellectually superior but instead come off as silly and sad.
Dhaka city can provide a wealth of inspiration for science fiction and fantasy.
There is little in The Expanse's cold open of a lone woman in a spaceship having a nightmarish encounter that indicates it is the start of something remarkable.
Ten thousand were the teeth in Mashgaru's smiling mouth, with still more hidden until needed.
In an age of globalisation we are at risk of having our own home-grown culture swamped by foreign imports.
It is used to describe a state of sadness that appears long-term and unshakeable.
The world is a complex web of events that may be geographically distant but have real and immediate consequences.
It is a sunless afternoon and a woman sits alone on her porch under the wind chimes. Bells and horns sound from the top of a great stone temple welcoming the evening tide. An unshaven man prowls the nameless alleys in the dead hours of the night, searching for you.
The first time I encountered the concept of a war for the environment was in the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Series of strategy games.
I suffered from severe dandruff problems as a teenager (ladies). I combatted this with a ferocious grooming program that saw me going at my hair with a comb whenever my hands were free.
The experiences of puberty strongly shape the adults we become. Let us talk about something that happened during the world's adolescence.
Approaching his seventeenth birthday the boy known as Rubaiyat Karim committed an act that made him infamous. July 19, 2009. On that day the man known as Rubaiyat Karim was conceived.
The Sherlock Holmes stories are simple enough in subject matter: a detective, his friend, and the cases they solve and an arch-nemesis hovering in the background.
The pentagram flashed an impossible colour thirteen times just as the scented candles at the edges of the star were snuffed out. The wizard sweated nervously. The vial of blood at the centre exploded with a strange purple light.
The fourth expansion pack for Age of Empires 2, Rise of the Rajas, was released on December 19, 2016 as downloadable content.
The end of the world is a pretty commonplace incident.
In Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Mimimi Productions has married the gameplay of Commandos with intrigues and conflicts of Edo Japan.
First of all, let's just all have the bravery to be honest about this: spiders are super-scary and would probably have never existed in an ideal universe.