Thursday, February 14, 2008

Development and freedom

A friend working in Bangladesh notes Flat and Wet, a post by David Miliband about his recent visit to a development project in that country.

There are things here to welcome, but I think the line about ID cards, for one, is disingenuous. The Bangladeshi system is unlikely to be similar to the one proposed by his govt in the UK, on which see Timothy Garton Ash:Our state collects more data than the Stasi ever did. On democracy promotion, Garton Ash (drop Iraq, add Europe) is also worth reading.

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