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Bangladesh's Ship Breaking Industry: Economic Opportunity and Exploitation

Bangladesh's Ship Breaking Industry: Economic Opportunity and Exploitation

Photograph and copyright, Brendan Corr, copyright 2006 Foreign Policy The photograph above is one piece from a photo essay published in Foreign Policy Magazine more than three years ago. The work, as a whole, is no less a moving document today as the day it was first birthed into the world. The ship breaking industry […]

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Bangladesh and the Prisoner's Dilemma Structure of Capping Emissions

The day’s news about the promise to make a promise a year out on Climate Change is frustrating, to say the least.  This tactic of kicking the ball toward the goal post has just one problem: there is no goal post that all 192 countries convening in Denmark will agree upon.  In fact, it is […]

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Bangladesh in U.S versus U.K News Coverage

On a lark, I’d begun to write today’s post with the idea that I’d deal mainly with the ill-gauged foresight with which even the most vaunted media outlets in the U.S deal with Bangladesh and her political economy and “culture”. With no small irreverence, I’d started the piece with the following declaration and all that […]

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Give Victim Countries of Climate Change Grants, Not Loans Says Foreign Minister

The Foreign Minister of Bangladeshi, Dr. Dipu Moni declared that member states attending the UN Climate Change Conference soon to be held in Copenhagen must give grants–not loans–to countries that are victims of the consequences of global climate and environmental change. Addressing the Climate Vulnerable Forum in the Maldives, Begum Moni said “River erosion, land slide, […]

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International Terrorism and Bangladeshi Politics

I’ve been following the news of three Bangladeshi men who’ve been  implicated in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka.  One of these men is the son of a leader of a major Islamist political party in Bangladesh. I will continue to follow this story, but promise that there will be much else to […]

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Climate Change, Category Mistakes and Process Oriented Outcomes

The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed piece by one Bjorn Lomborg, who occupies the role of Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a Danish think tank. Dr. Lomborg is interested in prescribing some hard to swallow medicine to all those environmentalists who claim that capping carbon emissions is the magic pill that will solve […]

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Water World on PBS looks at crisis in Bangledesh

Whether or not moral imperatives cut mustard, surely medium term strategic interests will be more successful in delivering workable solutions to the crisis of rising waters in Bangladesh. If developing and advanced industrial economies do not move to radically control carbon emissions, not only–in time–will Manhattan and parts of Florida be underwater, but those islands […]

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Political Party Implicated in Terrorism

Now that our quiet and uncomfortable introductions are out of the way, I’d like to point to another article that follows up on the one I wrote about yesterday.  The Daily Star reports that : “The Detective Branch of police produced Mufti Harun Izahar, son of Islami Oikya Jote leader Mufti Izaharul Islam, Shahidul Islam […]

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Signs of the Way We Are, or Signals of Things to Come?

I look at the news of the day as either a sign or a signal.  A sign is a piece or stream of data that serve as declarative propositions about the world. Signs describe the world contemporaneously, as true or false through argument, news, video, photographs or–for that matter– blog posts.  Signs carry no prescriptions […]

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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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