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FPA Bangladesh Blog Will Soon Welcome a New Writer

Dear readers, please know that the Bangladesh blog will soon invite a new writer who will be responsible for covering the business and finance news in Bangladesh. The new Bangladesh writer, my good friend, is immensely talented.  He brings to the table a real hand feel for the business and finance communities in Bangladesh.   […]

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Biman Suspends Flights to London Indefinitely

Citing shortages in its fleet of aircraft, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the most popular international carrier in Bangladesh has suspended direct flights to London, Heathrow. It is important to note that the Dhaka to London route was reinstituted only last year after a disruption of some 12 years. Nevertheless, this move restricts international thoroughfare at a […]

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Rising Food Prices Put Pressure on Budget as Government Imports Food

Rising global food prices have put pressure on the Awami League government to make swift moves to procure a larger supply of staple foods.  Perhaps fearing nation-wide protests that might well last for sometime–if organizers plan on modeling their grievances on the protest movements in the Middle East– the government has sworn to buy more […]

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BNP 's Coalition Promise Hartal on Monday on the Back of Rising Food Prices

There’s another protest strike in the works for this Monday.  This time, the opposition BNP has promised a massive hartal that will make good use of the grievances of the four rightist parties with which it was in coalition. Global food prices have skyrocketed with attendant increases in the price of cereal grains.  Moreover, the […]

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Failing Kabul Bank Threatens Already Weak Economy

Politics turns on public finance; public finance turns on politics.  Afghanistan is no different than the United States, or the United Kingdom on those terms. So it comes as a dismaying shock that the government of Afghanistan might have to bail out its largest and most important private bank. Kabul Bank has taken losses as […]

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New York Times Spreads Word of Dr.Md. Yunus' Troubles

The Times has published a good piece  on Grameen Bank founder Md. Yunus growing troubles.  Columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a piece some weeks ago on Grameen and, perhaps, due to his own work on women’s capabilities, he might have spread the word that this is a good story to follow. The Times piece does a […]

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How Pres. Obama's State of the Union Address Bears on Pakistan

President Barack Obama delivered his second State of the Union Address on Tuesday.  Foreign policy did not top the agenda. Instead, as expected, the speech was heavy on domestic policy–even as an important election has swung past American politics, there’s one just around the corner.  Indeed, foreign policy seemed to have sprung up in President […]

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Grameen Probe Looks Like a Political Take Down

I had written quite critically on the charges that Grameen Bank founder Dr. Md. Yunus had engaged in accounting impropriety with development aid funds. Grameen Bank recently faced down allegations and was cleared of any wrong-doing.  At the time I had written that this mishap provided an opportunity for stakeholders in the micro-finance industry to […]

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President Karzai's Flip Flops Without Cost to Himself

Though he might well trot about in handmade footwear, President Karzai has been flip-flopping, first moving away from his backers and back into the fold when promises to coddle his administration recently fell to strong remonstrations and anger within the diplomatic circles in Kabul. First, citing charges of election fraud, he promised that he won’t […]

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On Governor Salmaan Taseer's Assassination: Causes and Likely Consequences

The recent tragic assassination of Salmaan Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, must give pause to anyone concerned about the security and stability of the liberal and equalizing views of the government and state of Pakistan. What actually happened here? And why does what happened matter to anyone outside of political Pakistan? The New York Times […]

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Bangladesh in 2010: The Year in Review

The Year So Far. Happy New Year to all.  By the time this gets posted and read, Bangladesh will have been swept into the parade of countries switching alendars to a new year, 2011, and one sincerely hopes her people will turn to a new way of viewing the world. Bangladesh, its government and its […]

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First Female Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 41 in North West Pakistan

A female suicide bomber has killed at least 41 Pakistanis at an aid distribution center near the Afghanistan border in North West Pakistan. This is the first time that a woman has been employed to detonate an explosive vest in a crowded area and marks an uptick in strategy in what has always a brutal […]

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AL Government Allegedly Torturing BNP Leader SQ Chowdhury

Eight days ago, on December 16th, the Awami League  government of Bangladesh arrested, detained and allegedly began to torture BNP leader Salauddin Qader Chowdhury. This is abhorrent news, no matter the turns of fortune in a man’s life, no matter the moral worth of a cause, no matter the government’s writ on the matter. That […]

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China Invests At Least $20 billion in Pakistan

It hasn’t passed notice in the news cycle, but Pakistan and China are working together on a cooperative agreement worth at least $20 billion. The deal, which also establishes plans for at least $15 billion in private investment, was worked out during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Pakistan, part of his tour of South […]

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Jamaat Tries to Rewrite History

This might have passed you by; certainly it did me.  There’s no surprise here, nothing really worth accounting for; but I’ll go ahead and account for it anyway. Jamaat has come out to say that during the troubles in 1971, the people who constituted both the party, Jamaat-e-Islami and the paramilitary killer brigade, were all […]

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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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