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New Images Surface of U.S. Soldiers Posing with Innocent Victims

What is one to say about news of new incendiary images of American soldiers posing with the innocent civilians that they killed? How can one fortify oneself to stand for the idea that these images, published today by Der Spiegel- images, inhumane all; images, well outside the bounds of propositional expression to describe them-are only […]

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Islamabad Pulls out of U.S. Af/Pak Trilateral Meeting, Citing Recent Deadly Drone Attack

The somewhat plodding resolution of the Raymond Davis affair last week was good news.  Strategic and coordinative relations between the U.S and Pakistan were on the mend.  But the recent drone attack that killed nearly 40 people has cut short that much needed  re-engagement and amity.   Relations have deteriorated so much so that Islamabad […]

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Grameen Bank Founder Receives Support From Hillary Clinton

Over a phone call, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered her support to Grameen Bank founder Dr. Md. Yunus.  State Department spokesperson Phillip J. Crowley said that “Secretary Clinton spoke yesterday with Dr Muhammad Yunus and expressed support for the independence of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.” It’s not just that Mrs. Clinton offered […]

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Gates Criticizes NATO Countries For Moving to Pull Out of Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ pointed critique of NATO’s run toward the exits in Afghanistan was a much needed corrective to all the lead laden diplomatic talk in Brussels, Washington D.C. and Kabul. (You can find a complete transcript of his remarks here.) The war is a strategic draw nearly 10 years out; leaving now, […]

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President Karzai's Cousin Killed During ISAF Night Raid

NATO and Afghan forces killed President Hamid Karzai’s cousin, one Yar Mohammed Karzai, 60 years old, during a night raid against suspected Taliban commanders.  NATO and Afghan forces searched the village of Karz, the ancestral home of the Karzai clan and detained Farid Karzai, Yar Mohammed’s son’ under suspicions that he was a Taliban commander. […]

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Charlie Rose Discusses Gen. Petraeus' Upcoming Congressional Testimony

Charlie Rose put together an excellent conversation panel on General David Petraeus’ upcoming testimony to Congress.  It features Retired General Jack Keane, columnist David Ignatius and James Shinn, a former policy maker, now academic at Princeton.  The talk is lively, important, and perhaps most importantly, well worth your time.  Please find the entire conversation here.

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U.N. Report Shows Taliban Tactics Claim Most Afghan Lives

The United Nations annual summary of the state of civilian casualties was published earlier today, Wednesday March 9th. The data are appalling: 2777 civilians were killed in 2010-that’s a 15% increase in civilian casualties relative to the year previous. Most of the civilian deaths have come on the heels of brutal and sustained fighting in […]

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Anti-Taliban Leaders Picked off in Pakistan as 34 Funeral Attendees Killed

In a statement released this morning, on the terrible occasion of at least 34 dead, 45 and more wounded at a funeral for the wife of a leading anti-Taliban leader, Kala Khan, in Peshawar, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani “reiterated the government’s resolve to root out the cancer of terrorism from every nook and corner […]

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Expect Large Losses After Spring Thaw in Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been in Afghanistan this week to assess how the expected July 2011 draw down will take place.  There aren’t many surprises in store; the number of boots withdrawn is likely to be small-a token gesture, to begin the process of handing Afghanistan’s security to its own homegrown armed forces. […]

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Chair of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Thinks Mandela is Dead-NY TImes Agrees

I don’t know what’s worse: that the New York Times printed a quote from an estimable and important Bangladeshi that was off the mark; or whether, it’s worse that the quote in question was offered by the chairman of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission. Let’s start with the former issue.  The quote in question was delivered […]

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Karzai Rebuffs General Petraeus' Apology Over Deadly Misidentification of 9 Boys

President Hamid Karzai’ has rebuffed General Petraeus’ face to face personal apology for the misidentification of nine boys for wanted insurgents, and the subsequent slaughter that followed. President Karzai declared that “the people of Afghanistan are tired of these incidents and excuses, and condemnations cannot relieve their pain….I am asking you on behalf of the people […]

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9 Afghan Boys Killed by NATO Helicopter Fire

The news of nine boys killed by NATO helicopters has not travelled far or  fast.  The top story about that horrific turn in Afghanistan has been that General Petraeus has apologized to the Afghan people for the gruesome deaths.  It seems the death of nine boys is hardly newsworthy enough to carry in the evening […]

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Is Raymond A. Davis a Bargaining Chip for U.S Concessions?

Is it likely that the government of Pakistan is trying to delay the onset of proceedings against Raymond A. Davis, the man accused of allegedly killing two motorists on the streets of Lahore?  This in order to buy time as back-channel negotiations run up against public sentiment, the natural political deadline in these circumstances? Yes. […]

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Dr. Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank Dismissed From Leadership Role

Dr. Mohammad Yunus has been fired from his role as managing director of Grameen Bank, essentially because he did not seek approval of his leadership role from Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of Bangladesh, from the moment he turned 61.  Really, that’s the reason he was fired earlier today. According to the New York Times: […]

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AL Withdraws Charges Against Former President H.M. Ershad

The Awami League government just let H.M. Ershad have a pass–it dropped charges brought against him by the BNP led government of the 1990’s.  Along with 75 others withdrawals out 836 politically motivated cases,the case against former President Ershad’s moves to buy radar techinology from the United States at a higher price, presumably pocketing the […]

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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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