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What does $4.3bn buy you?

Not much affection from Bangladesh. US "food and development assistance" to the country totals some $4.3 billion to date, and Uncle Sam imports some $2.5 bn and exports about $333 m to it.

And why is this of any particular significance now? Well, a Pew Global survey has *93%* of Bangladeshis concerned or very concerned that the US could become a military threat to it. The Moroccans, another recipient of substantial US aid (and Peace Corps volunteers too) is only marginally less paranoid at 92%.

At the other end of the scale, a shade under two thirds of Kuwaitis polled have the same attitude. The Egyptians show the greatest insouciance with 33% not too / not at all worried (maybe they fancy their chances against the Sixth Fleet) and 65% concerned / very concerned.

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Anonymous G. Harrison (dec'd) said... 9:27 am

Ban-ga-la-desh Ban-ga-la-desh
Looks like a mess(h)....  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:47 am

Seems like CNN need to up their game somewhat!  



Blogger Ed said... 11:42 am

I think it's a bit silly of the Kuwaitis to be so anti-American - but then again we suffer the same mass stupidity here too.  



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