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President Obama's New Pentagon, Afghanistan Team Signals New Direction

President Obama’s expected and whispered about Pentagon reshuffle heralds the likelihood of a rather more rapid draw down in Afghanistan than has been entertained so far.  The reshuffle also suggests that in one swift move, President Obama is looking to get the CIA and the Pentagon entire to cooperate on, and finish up well, what […]

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"Three Cups of Tea" Story Bogus, Money Pilfered

There’s no dearth of coverage of well-known philanthropist, and professed education advocate Greg Mortenson’s alleged malfeasance with funding for his renowned Central Asia Institute.  The author of the popular volume, “Three Cups of Tea” and advisor to the U.S. military brass there has been accused of pilfering millions of dollars that he raised on the […]

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U.S. State Dept. Lambastes AL Government's Human Rights Record

The following is the U.S. State Department’s assessment of Bangladesh’s human rights record over the course of the last year. Without pulling any punches, at lenght: “Security forces committed extrajudicial killings and were responsible for custodial deaths, torture, and arbitrary arrest and detention. The failure to investigate fully extrajudicial killings by security forces, including several […]

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CIA Moves To Appease ISI While Maintaining Covert Operations

It is abundantly clear that the Pakistani military intends to use the recent Raymond Davis affair as a bargaining chip that it hopes will keep rolling back to the negotiating table. Raymond Davis, a 36 year old man revealed to be a CIA contractor fatally shot two Pakistani men on the streets of Lahore earlier […]

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Detained BNP Leader SQ Chowdhury Continually Denied Medical Treatment

The Awami League government has sped ahead to put together a working International Tribunal to try individuals accused of committing war crimes during the conflict-ridden events of 1971.  So far the procedures though seemingly smooth haven’t measured up to international legal norms and values- values that one might suppose stands behind the “International-ness” of the […]

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Where Does Blame for Violent Protests in Afghanistan Rest?

Blame for the outrageous protests, terrible acts and needless, heedless deaths over the last few days in Afghanistan rest in at least three quarters.  There’s the individual explanation, the sociological explanation, in short the mob mentality, spurred on by this partisan and that, and finally the political explanation, which I fear is the strongest one, […]

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Grameen Founder Gets International Support, Yet Signals Intent To Leave Post

Dr. Md. Yunus has friends in high places.  Everyone knows that.  Under scrutiny following a Norwegian documentary that alleged financial malfeasance, Dr. Yunus was cleared of any accusations but remains squarely a target for the Awami League’s recrimination.  Under the aegis of an ad hoc rule that Grameen Bank needed the central bank’s permission to […]

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Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce Stands Against Rightist Party Protests

The Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce stood out against the Islami Oikya Jote’s calls for a nationwide protest and strike.  A hard rightist party associated with the opposition BNP, the IOJ had called for a widespread “hartal” to protest a national women’s development policy it claimed countervailed accepted dogma in teh Koran. The policy […]

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Mob Violence Spreads South to Taliban Heartland

The violence that began in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan has spread to southern Afghanistan in Kandahar, the Taliban’s home base.  The New York Times reports that 81 people have been injured while 9 more people have died of gunshot wounds, bringing the number of dead up to 21 people since Friday afternoon prayers when imams […]

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12 People, 7 Foreign Staff at UN Office Killed in Mob Violence

There’s little to do but  quote Rod Nordland’s Times piece on this horrendous bit of breaking news: “Protesters angered by the burning of a Koran by a fringe American pastor in Florida mobbed offices of the United Nations in northern  Afghanistan on Friday, killing ten foreign staff members and beheading two of the victims, according to an […]

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India Signaled Dissatisfaction with Bangladesh in 2005 SAARC Summit

The widely read Indian newspaper The Hindu reports that the Indian delegation to the 2005 South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC ) Summit refused to attend the affair hosted in Dhaka because of long-standing tension about a series of terrorist events throughout Bangladesh in 2004 and in early 2005. This revealing bit of information […]

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Taliban Take District in Nuristan Province: Declare Tactical and Propaganda Victory

Four months before the scheduled July 2011 drawdown, well into a term where international forces are redeploying to urban areas, a few weeks into peak fighting season, the counterinsurgency in Afghanistan remains in flux, troublingly fluid, radically unsettled.  The Taliban have announced that they have taken over a district in North Eastern Afghanistan, signalling not […]

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Two More Civilians Bystanders Die as NATO Targets Haqqani Network

Even as the world is waking up to new images of more atrocities committed by U.S. troops in Afghanistan, even as Afghans are taking to the streets, outside their villages to protest what they perceive to be American aggression against Afghan soil, two more deaths of innocent civilians have been reported, this time in the […]

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Jurist Says Caretaker Governments Should Stay on to Support Democracy

It is a testament to the broken, intractably conflict-ridden politics in Bangladesh, that respected jurists can claim that a dictatorial move remain in place in order to allow democracy to breathe and to burn bright. Jurist Dr. Kamal Hossain argued that the the institution of caretaker governments should remain in place while parties revolve in […]

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PBS Newshour Reports on Innovative Ways to Supply Clean Water to Dhaka Slums

Yesterday for World Water Day PBS Newshour, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, ran an excellent piece on new approaches to get clean water to Dhaka’s explosively numerous, and growing, slum dwelling population. Here’s the video that aired, with special correspondent Steve Sapienza: Please visit the PBS Newshour webpage dedicated to this rather excellent […]

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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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