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Pakistan's Role in Winding Down War in Afghanistan

Today’s PBS Newshour coverage of President Obama’s Af/Pak review canvassed everything you need to know about how Pakistan and politics there feeds into the administration’s strategy to pull together a feasible exit from Afghanistan beginning July 2011. Here’s the video of the Newshour’s segment on the policy review released earlier today, December 16, 2010: Please […]

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Happy Victory Day: December 16th.

Pomp and ceremony will come and go and there’s yet plenty of time to crow about vainglorious victory; but before the day passes irretrievably I’d like to wish my fellow native Bangladeshis a happy  Victory Day. May all our days, yours and mine, be driven toward a better future, with more than a passing glance […]

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New IMF Investment in Bangladesh to Spur Economic Growth

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has come to help Bangladesh’s economy grow in the short to medium term, even as donor countries have begun to the belt on their fiscal and monetary policy.  In consultation with the Finance Minster, the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisor, Bangladesh Bank and other major institutional stake-holders, the IMF has proposed […]

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Pakistan Needs to Weed out Taliban, National Intelligence Estimate Confirms

I can’t help but think that this is fairly obvious news: The U.S. intervention in Afghanistan won’t work unless the Pakistani government and military rounds up its Taliban allies and, in a manner of speaking, breaks the back of the various groups that constitute the Taliban–both the Afghanistan and Pakistan contingents. Elisabeth Bumiller, writing for […]

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Another Garments Factory Fire: Time to Credibly Regulate the Garments Industry

At least 22 people have died, with over a 100 injured in a garments factory gone ablaze.  The Daily Star reports that many other factory workers remained trapped in the factory located in the outskirts of Dhaka. This news comes at the heels of new deadly protests and street fights over the implementation of the […]

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Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Dies

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke has passed on. He served in the Obama Adminstration in the capacity of  United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  He served in diplomatic leadership roles since the 1970’s and was most renowned for being the architect of the Dayton Peace Accords, the framework that ended the Bosnian War in 1995. […]

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Norad Clears Grameen Bank: Does Blot on Dr. Yunus' Reputation Remain?

Earlier today the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad) cleared Grameen Bank’s moves to supply its private arm with development funds targeted for its non-profit works. The Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim, the official who commisioned a Norad report on this affair offered this assessment: “There is no indication that Norwegian funds […]

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Grameen Bank's Troubles Broaden: WSJ and FT Thrash Dr. Yunus as Prime Minister Chastises Business Model

If it weren’t already enough that the Norwegian government is trying to investigate Grameen Bank’s books from some fifteen years ago, now the local government, just down the street, sitting in Parliament is out for some explanations from Grameen Bank’s founder Dr. Mohammad Yunus. Sheikh Hasina has  chastised Dr. Yunus for the micro-credit business model […]

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Grameen Bank Founder Dr. Yunus Investigated for Impropriety in Misallocating Development Funds

There’s a new brew simmering in Bangladesh.  It’s made of allegations, recriminations and excuses.  This brew has to do with acts committed by the venerable founder Dr. Mohammad Yunus some fifteen years ago. This brew threatens to irreparably mar microcredit institutions, the poverty alleviation regime that over the last several years has gone private, virally, […]

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BNP Strikes Hobble the Country: Begum Zia Remains Evicted

I’ve written on this before; now, sadly, I’m writing on this again, so here goes:  I could not then, cannot now and will not, ever, defend the jerked, jolting way that every instrument of industry, learning and commerce in Bangladesh has shuttered for the second time this month  just because one lady with political pull […]

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Wikileaks Invites Discussion in Pakistani Press on Nukes and Sovereignty

The current bits of news, volatile, mercurial coming out of the latest Wikileaks cache is surprisingly easy to bear.  Nothing untoward has happened.  All the players have played their parts. International politics between the U.S and Pakistan continues in recognizably similar ways as it did yesterday, and the day before.  Of course, strategic politics has […]

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Afghanistan Vice-President Carries $52 Million in Cash to U.A.E

From today’s New York Times on the most recent Wikileaks document dump–this bit on the corruption endemic in Afghanistan politics: Suspicions of corruption in the Afghan government: When Afghanistan’s vice president visited the United Arab Emirates last year, local authorities working with the Drug Enforcement Administration discovered that he was carrying $52 million in cash. […]

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Despite Austerity Measures E.U. Promises to Deliver Climate Change Adaptation Fund

Given all this budget slashing, all that bail-outing, leaders of the European Union have promised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that funds pledged to Bangladesh for the European Union Climate Change Adaptation Fund would be delivered. Bangladesh is something of a case study for devising policy and infrastructure to combat the consequences of global cliamte change; […]

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Due to Political Demagoguery, U.S. NATO Leverage Weakens in Afghanistan

The mind implodingly bad news on Afghanistan has taken another downward tailspin.  So much so that even pop-culture savvy New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has gotten in on the blame game. And here’s why: Because there is now a somewhat more clear deadline on NATO withdrawal in Afghanistan (electoral politics requires that President Obama […]

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Khaleda Zia Endorses Post-Election Protests, Promises to Bring Down Government

Whilst Khaleda Zia has been trying to gin up support for her country-wide protest movement to ring out against the sitting Awami League government, ostensibly for leading the country toward ruin, she has been chucked out of her house.  In her stead, the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina has used any availing opportunity to shame her near-life […]

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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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