Sunday, August 10, 2008


Security is tight in Bangladesh. Aside from its proximity to Pakistan and Afghanistan some of the most unstable places on the globe it's been embroiled in its own internal political chaos for a year and a half. A state of emergency declared then remains and the military is kind of in charge of government.

Soldiers with Kalashnikovs were the first thing we saw when we landed. They were on the roof of Zia Airport and in the knee-high grass along the runway. Guards at the Westin Hotel run bomb detectors under cars before they're allowed to pull up to the door. The field in front of Parliament once open and public is now fenced off. As in Africa, the wealthy and powerful here live behind gates with guards.

(Info on state of emergency:,9171,1582121,00.html )

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