Ashfaque Swapan | The Daily Star
  • Ashfaque Swapan

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

  • Why I find it hard to watch Vietnam War documentaries

    US documentary filmmaker Ken Burns' 10-part, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War (made in association with Lynn Novick) is making waves here, as well as it should. Give Burns credit.
  • The Republicans' healthcare debacle

    The Republican Party is in complete control today—it has a majority in both the US Senate and House and has a Republican president, yet it fell flat on its face in its effort to repeal Obama's ambitious attempt to make healthcare accessible to most US citizens.
  • A story about loving, in black and white

    You see, Mildred Jeter was black, while her husband, Richard Loving (yes, that is his real name) was white. In the 1950s, Virginia was one of 24 states whose anti-miscegenation laws made interracial marriage a felony. The Lovings were charged with “cohabiting as man and wife, against the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth.”
  • The Indian conquest of a US national contest

    The Spelling Bee is a cherished American institution. For those unfamiliar enough to wonder what kind of bee would that be, it's a nationwide spelling contest, where tens of millions of kids from all over the US compete. The cut-off age for contestants is the 8th grade.
  • My adventures with Bhuban Majhi

    I first heard about Bhuban Majhi from Shafiq bhai, the colourful, ornery owner of Tajmahal Restaurant near Atlanta. I have a soft spot