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Nafeesa – Brit Bangla Blogster

As the Western economy looms in an ever whirling crisis. I have been reading in the Bangladeshi newspapers about how Hilary Clinton and the Obama adminisration have been trying to pressure the Bangladeshi Government to enhance the US-Bangladesh ”friendship” on Hillary’s last trip where she was supposed to be here to focus on the recent human rights violations, she was trying to secure arms deals and sign contracts with resource rich Myanmar.

"It is important that in this country, everybody takes seriously any disappearance, any violence against activists, any oppression of civil society, any intimidation of the press…that is just what is required in the 21st century if democracy is to be sustainable''

”The US is also considering Bangladesh as a potential destination for selling outmoded arms and instruments. In a recent bid to modernise the tactical transport aircraft fleet of the Air Force, Bangladesh has decided to purchase four Lockheed MC-130Es from the United States at an estimated cost of $180 million. In the official documents of this contract the US government said that the proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by enabling the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) to respond more capably to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief needs and support operations to counter violent extremist organizations.”

- The Daily Star , Bangladesh National newspaper, 16 June 2012 http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=238506

 

Clinton signed a Joint Declaration on "Bangladesh-US Partnership Dialogue," US wants market-access in banking, insurance, telecommunication, securities, audio-visual, and agriculture in Asian countries. It also wants lowest tariff and non-tariff rates for its goods. US energy companies are interested in exploring the off-shore blocks in the Bay of Bengal

 

 

 

 

Whilst Hilary Clinton is helping Bangladesh to become a secure place,  Mr Cameron is overjoyed with thriving defence industry in the UK,  “In a hugely difficult time in the global economy UK aerospace is, quite simply, flying – employing more than 100,000 people, turning over more than £20 billion a year, holding a 17% share of the global market.

 

David Cameron 8th July 2012 ''The UK has got to fight for every contract and every opportunity''

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/prime-minister-hails-50m-defence-deal-7923846.html 

Obama's US Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus to arrive in Bangladesh on 13th July 2012.Secretary Mabus’s visit to Bangladesh is intended to deepen the bilateral security relationship between the United States and Bangladesh, and offer appreciation to the government of Bangladesh for its continued friendship and support to the US, said a press release of the US Embassy in Dhaka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, Hillary Clinton reportedly said the US energy company Conocophillips was interested in exploring off-shore blocks in the Bangladesh maritime areas and her country was willing to provide security to the off-shore oil-rigs against sabotage or other maritime threats. Since an International Tribunal on March 14 2012, Bangladesh is now able to lease its off-shore areas in the Bay of Bengal in the eastern side to foreign companies. its access to the Indian Ocean is strategically important.

ConocoPhillips Company is an American multinational energy corporation headquartered in Houston, Texas. With 2010 revenues of over $196 billion and earnings of over $19 billion, they rank #3 on the Fortune 500 list. ConocoPhillips is the fifth largest private sector energy corporation in the world, and is one of the six “supermajor” vertically integrated oil companies. ConocoPhillips was a business partner of the late Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi, who once “…summoned ConocoPhillips Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James J. Mulva to Sirte, Qaddafi’s hometown in northern Libya [for

 

 

 

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