Ashfaque Swapan

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

November 9, 2020
November 9, 2020

Joe Biden eyes arduous path after historic election

Never before has a hard-won victory had such a bitter edge.

October 30, 2020
October 30, 2020

Thank You, Donald Trump! (And you too, Fox News)

Today, Americans are terrified of a pandemic virus whose infection rate has spiked up again. With just four percent of the world’s population, the US already has a quarter of the world’s Covid-19...

October 17, 2020
October 17, 2020

World Bengali Literature Conference 2020

Last year, when about 150 people—a substantial chunk from out-of-state—gathered in Atlanta for a convention, the event had an intriguing twist: The first ever World Bengali Literature Conference,...

October 1, 2020
October 1, 2020

And you thought the US presidential debate was boring?

US President Donald Trump could give Caligula a run for his money. The deranged, violent Roman emperor had once made his donkey a consul, but Trump is no slouch when it comes to outrageous behaviour.

September 26, 2020
September 26, 2020

Who’s afraid of democracy?

The sheer brazenness of the Republican volte face following the death of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is breathtaking. In 2016, eight months before presidential elections, US Senate...

September 12, 2020
September 12, 2020

What kind of a rinky-dink democracy is this?

Americans elect their president through a crazy-quilt mosaic of elections conducted by a bewildering variety of local jurisdictions spread out over the entire country, and its wheels may come off...

August 29, 2020
August 29, 2020

The meltdown of the US Republican Party

“Owning the libs and pissing off the media. That’s what we believe in now. There’s really not much more to it,” said long-time senior congressional Republican aide Brendan Buck on what the...

August 15, 2020
August 15, 2020

In affectionate remembrance

It’s hard to believe a full 45 years have passed since you became the victim of one of the most barbaric political murders in living memory.

July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020

Amazon Kindle, here we come!

Online juggernaut Amazon owns Kindle, the 600-pound gorilla in the US electronic book space. Its global presence is also formidable.

July 18, 2020
July 18, 2020

Not a blue wave, but a blue tsunami

In “The War of the Worlds,” HG Wells’ science fiction novel, the world is brought to its knees by a vastly more technologically advanced species. The tides are turned after the humble bacteria...