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An Execution and Arrest in Bangladesh: A Picture of a Country Soon Storm Battered

An Execution and Arrest in Bangladesh: A Picture of a Country Soon Storm Battered



 
Yesterday, the government of Bangladesh, whatever that is now, executed Abdul Qader Mollah, a leader of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami Party. He was one of those elderly Islamists politicos long ago and recently accused of igniting and engineering a Counter-Revolution in East Pakistan by supporting …

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Nelson Mandela Has Died; Long Live Khulu Madiba

Nelson Mandela Has Died; Long Live Khulu Madiba


 

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A Picture of a Car Set Aflame: Reactionary Violence in Bangladesh

A Picture of a Car Set Aflame: Reactionary Violence in Bangladesh


The right in Bangladesh in again ascendant in violence. Recent reports suggest that student groups are reacting strongly to the government’s arrest and remand of leaders of the opposition coalition.  This, after a morbid spasmodic run of violence that abated not too long ago.
As the days …

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A Picture of an Opposition Protester, Beaten by the Police in Dhaka, Bangladesh

A Picture of an Opposition Protester, Beaten by the Police in Dhaka, Bangladesh


This is a drawing of a young opposition protester, badly beaten by the police in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. This is a drawing that pictures the days yet to come.
This drawing is the first piece in a series that will picture and document the story of …

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On BNP’s Response to Hasina’s Gambit

On BNP’s Response to Hasina’s Gambit


The BNP’s chairperson, Begum Khaleda Zia has responded to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s populist political gambit.
Her response is to form a 10-person caretaker government comprised of five members of Awami League and BNP. The catch: that each one of the five members of each …

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On Sheikh Hasina’s Populist Pre-election Gambit

On Sheikh Hasina’s Populist Pre-election Gambit


Politics, electoral politics, is roaring back to the scene in Bangladesh. In a 20-minute televised speech, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and the leader of the ruling Awami League Party Sheikh Hasina, invited her opposition to form a national unity government before the coming sure-to-be-strongly disputed parliamentary election …

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Fifteen Pictures About Damascus Today: A Massacre in Syria and Chemical Warfare

Fifteen Pictures About Damascus Today: A Massacre in Syria and Chemical Warfare


In the hours just before dawn neighborhoods outside Damascus got …

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Nine Pictures About Egypt: Crack Down Yesterday, Today

Nine Pictures About Egypt: Crack Down Yesterday, Today


Yesterday’s massacre in Egypt: the military, the long standing power there, struck back against the supporters of the democratically elected despot, Mohammed Morsi, the …

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BRAC in the News: Bangladesh Viewed Correctly

BRAC in the News: Bangladesh Viewed Correctly


The PBS Newshour ran a story about the troubled garment industry in Bangladesh last night. However, unlike the mono-narrative run by the majority of news outlets the story laid out wasn’t about how things have gone irremediably wrong in Bangladesh. Instead, the story was about BRAC

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U.S. Suspends Trade Privileges with Bangladesh: Strategies and Spillovers

U.S. Suspends Trade Privileges with Bangladesh: Strategies and Spillovers


The U.S. government’s reported move to suspend trade privileges with Bangladesh must come as a blow to the ruling Awami League government, even if the meat of the move functions mostly as an unwelcome, untoward public relations disaster and a boon to its BNP opposition.
The Obama …

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Seven Pictures About Syria: Casualties, Interventions and Questions

Seven Pictures About Syria: Casualties, Interventions and Questions


Two years on nearly 93,000 people are dead in Syria, victims of the civil war there, victims of the Assad regime’s devastating military action against the Syrian rebels.  65oo …

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Ten Pictures About the Civil War in Syria, Bleeding Into Lebanon

Ten Pictures About the Civil War in Syria, Bleeding Into Lebanon


The civil war in Syria could soon turn to favor the Assad regime’s unyielding hold on power. The minority Shia-Alawite regime has recaptured the strategically important city of Qusair, until now held by the rebel Free Syrian Army. It did so in part by employing overwhelming …

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Savar, Bangladesh as One Photograph

Savar, Bangladesh as One Photograph


The photograph above of a man and a woman found dead at the collapsed ruins of Rana Plaza, the eight-story building in Savar, Bangladesh was shot by Dhaka-based photographer and workers’ rights activist Taslima Akhter. The photograph stands, by itself, for both the tragedy that took the lives …

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Seven Pictures of Savar, Bangladesh and Its Rescue

Seven Pictures of Savar, Bangladesh and Its Rescue


Two days ago an 8-story building collapsed in Savar, a suburb of Dhaka, Bangladesh. That building housed garment factories; at least 300 people were crushed to death, many must have suffocated after surviving the initial burial under concrete. More victims are sure to be …

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Nine Pictures About Secretary of State Kerry’s War Tour

Nine Pictures About Secretary of State Kerry’s War Tour


Secretary of State John Kerry toured around some of the thorniest foreign policy issue-countries on his plate. A seemingly hostile partner in President Karzai, now friends again; Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s move to potentially undercut U.S. credible …

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About the Author

Faheem Haider
Faheem Haider

Faheem Haider is a political analyst, writer and artist. He holds advanced research degrees in political economy, political theory and the political economy of development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and New York University. He also studied political psychology at Columbia University. During long stints away from his beloved Washington Square Park, he studied peace and conflict resolution and French history and European politics at the American University in Washington DC and the University of Paris, respectively.

Faheem has research expertise in democratic theory and the political economy of democracy in South Asia. In whatever time he has to spare, Faheem paints, writes, and edits his own blog on the photographic image and its relationship to the political narrative of fascist, liberal and progressivist art.

That work and associated writing can be found at the following link: http://blackandwhiteandthings.wordpress.com

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