Category: In International Media


  • A Tragedy for Bangladesh

    A Tragedy for Bangladesh

    The Times Editorial (June 01, 1981) The killing of President Zia-ur Rahman is a shattering blow to peace and good government in Bangladesh, likely to throw the country into despair at the unending military rivalry from which the country has suffered from its birth. Nothing that is known of the rebel leadership in Chittagong promises […]

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  • Don’t Write Off Bangladesh

    Don’t Write Off Bangladesh

    The New York Times Editorial (June 12, 1981) At first glance, the recent news from Bangladesh seems only to confirm that nation’s pathetic image. Born out of a fracturing of Pakistan only a decade ago, Bangladesh early on gained a reputation as an international ”basket case,” a metaphor for misery and hopelessness. Only charity and […]

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  • Bangladeshi Leader Tireless in Pep Talks to People

    Bangladeshi Leader Tireless in Pep Talks to People

    Michael T. Kaufman, The New York Times (July 28, 1980) As he does three or four times every week, President Ziaur Rahman recently flew to villages and country towns in Bangladesh to exhort cheering crowds to produce more food and have fewer children. In this river port, the 43-year-old President walked into crowds waiting for […]

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  • U.N. to Start Talks on How to Assist Third World

    U.N. to Start Talks on How to Assist Third World

    Bernard D. Nossiter, The New York Times (August 22, 1980) Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie and President Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh are among the officials due here next week when rich and poor nations begin a new effort to aid economies in Asia, Africa and Latin America that have been depressed by the high […]

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  • Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Reach Accords During Visit by Rahman

    The New York Times (November 11, 1979) President Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh ended a visit here this week by signing new agreements with Sri Lanka on economic and technical cooperation and shipping. The President told reporters shortly before his departure: “We are very satisfied with our visit. We have opened our hearts to each other.” […]

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  • Where to Look for Aid: New Ideas for Third World

    Where to Look for Aid: New Ideas for Third World

    Bernard D. Nossiter, The New York Times (August 29, 1980) Maj. Gen. Ziaur Rahman, the President of Bangladesh, has been uttering heresy at the United Nations bargaining session between rich and poor. Unlike most spokesmen here for developing countries, General Zia does not think that the task of aiding the poor is exclusively a Western […]

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  • Ziaur Rahman was strict leader who tried to give nation direction

    Ziaur Rahman was strict leader who tried to give nation direction

    Les Ledbetter, The New York Times (May 31, 1981) When Maj. Gen. Ziaur Rahman seized power in Bangladesh six years ago, he was hailed as the strict leader that the struggling nation needed. After the coup that gave him the presidency, the soft-spoken military man was described as hard-working and incorruptible in his personal life […]

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  • Without Zia, Less Chance for the ‘Peaceful Revolution’

    Without Zia, Less Chance for the ‘Peaceful Revolution’

    WILLIAM BORDERS, The New York Times (June 7, 1981) If the population of the entire world were squeezed into the continental United States, that land would be about as densely populated as Bangladesh is now. That is the kind of illustration prized by the legions of aid and development experts who for years have been […]

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  • Bangladesh’s Soft‐Spoken but Strict President

    Bangladesh’s Soft‐Spoken but Strict President

    One hot, sultry evening two years ago, shortly after he had taken over as the military ruler of Bangladesh, Maj. Gen. Ziaur Rahman was sitting in the living room of his white‐stone bungalow here explaining the country’s international relations. When a reporter raised the possibility of a regional alliance in southern Asia, General Zia paused […]

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  • Murder in Chittagong

    Murder in Chittagong

    FRED BRUNING, Newsweek (June 8, 1981) Several times a week President Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh liked to board a government helicopter and hopscotch across his impoverished country spreading a gospel of hard work and self-help. Last Friday his schedule called for a stopover in the steamy port city of Chittagong, where the Presidential party would […]

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