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Shahbagh: Justice as Politics Against Truth

Shahbagh: Justice as Politics Against Truth


This is the third in a 3-part series on Shahbagh, its history, its politics and the normative views it captures (and fails to capture).
What recommends the Shahbagh movement for any praise whatsoever? Mainly that it registers in form the demands for justice …

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Shahbagh: Politics and Demagoguery in Bangladesh

Shahbagh: Politics and Demagoguery in Bangladesh


My previous attempt to get ahold of Shahbagh, its recent history and its politics has left many questions answered, many issues untouched.
In this present attempt to gather some understanding of the currents in Shahbagh, I’ll address the political resonances of the protests begun February 5th, 2013, …

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Nine Pictures About The U.S. in Afghanistan

Nine Pictures About The U.S. in Afghanistan


A picture of an Afghan soldier; A picture of U.S Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel after touching down in Afghanistan; a picture of Afghan president Hamid Karzai; a picture of …

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Three Pictures About India, Yesterday

Three Pictures About India, Yesterday


A picture of Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde; a picture of murderer and rapist Ram Singh; a picture of a guileful, fatal bus ride, caught on CCTV.
Ram Singh, age 34, the leader of the gang of six that raped and murdered a 23 -year-old physiotherapist, was found dead …

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Shahbagh: Populism and Liberalism in Bangladesh

Shahbagh: Populism and Liberalism in Bangladesh


Shahbagh: The Set Up (Part 1 in a 3 Part Series about the Shahbagh Movement, its Politics and its Moral Content)
Since this past February 5, now for the past month and more, the “youth” of Bangladesh have ebbed and flowed in the hundreds of thousands from the neighborhood …

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On President Karzai’s Succession Politics

On President Karzai’s Succession Politics


President Hamid Karzai will go down in Afghan history as a weird sort – of politician, of man, who dresses with flagrant panache, favoring a mix of traditional outfits and English tailored clothes and who lives a strangely, elegantly mixed up pro-Western and half-traditional life, guarded, in Kabul.
In …

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A Perspective on Syria: Three Pictures About the Massacre in Qubair

A Perspective on Syria: Three Pictures About the Massacre in Qubair


Just yesterday at least another 80 people were massacred in the Syrian village of Qubair by Assad regime-supported militia.  Women and babies were executed at a low angle, crouching; another turn at Houla. Upon threat of …

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A Perspective on Syria: Five Pictures of the Attack on Houla

A Perspective on Syria: Five Pictures of the Attack on Houla






These images are photographs of the Syrian activist shot real-time video footage of the then ongoing attacks in rebel-held Houla. These images are a partial record of what must have …

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A Perspective on Syria: Seven Pictures About A Week in Homs

A Perspective on Syria: Seven Pictures About A Week in Homs


Bashar-al Assad’s all too deadly caricature as an ass.  The Syrian Army lying in wait. Night-vision shots of night-time attacks. A bombed …

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A Perspective On South Sudan: Five Pictures About Viewing Starvation

A Perspective On South Sudan: Five Pictures About Viewing Starvation


Even while American news outlets drone on about the November presidential elections at least 4.7 million people in South Sudan are at risk everyday of severe food shortages.  That’s …

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A Perspective on Syria: Two Pictures About Yesterday’s Survivors

A Perspective on Syria: Two Pictures About Yesterday’s Survivors



How do you tell the story of the latest notice of violence in Syria, the devastating twinned car bombs in Damascus that killed at least 55 people, of Syria’s politics and the illegitimate government’s repression against its own people without …

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On Secretary Clinton’s Visit Through Asia

On Secretary Clinton’s Visit Through Asia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s broadly successful eight-day visit across Asia directly cemented India’s dominance as the regional power hub in South Asia, while also giving Bangladesh its due as an important regional ally.
Bangladesh was Clinton’s gateway into India, a figurative and literal go-between …

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A Perspective on The War in Afghanistan: Four Pictures of an Af/Pak Deal

A Perspective on The War in Afghanistan: Four Pictures of an Af/Pak Deal





The deal President Obama recently signed in Kabul with his Afghan counterpart President Hamid Karzai ostensibly sequesters U.S troops on the ground in Afghanistan for the next twelve years. And then in 2024, so …

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A Perspective on Justice in Sierra Leone: Nine Pictures About Charles Taylor

A Perspective on Justice in Sierra Leone: Nine Pictures About Charles Taylor


Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, has been convicted by an international tribunal …

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A Perspective on the Sahel: Two Pictures About Niger

A Perspective on the Sahel: Two Pictures About Niger


No description of what you or I might think is the experience of the people now suffering in the Sahel, in West Africa, can relieve us of our duty to help alleviate that suffering.
(This work, based on the reification and …

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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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