Some Memorable Encounters as a Washingtonian

With a delegation of Afghan diplomats, including the ambassador who is not pictured here, at the World Bank in Spring 2018, discussing agriculture and its role in the Afghan economy. Fun fact: agriculture makes up about 80 or 90 percent of Afghanistan’s economy, and most of it is small-scale and subsistence agriculture. An important thing to note here is that the World Bank was a creature of the Cold War. The purpose of the World Bank was to fund and orchestrate development projects in the Third World as an alternative or counterweight to what was then Soviet influence. Once the Cold War ended, the World Bank no longer served a purpose, thus, it turned into a looting fest and a hotbed for corruption.
Roger Stone, the mastermind behind Donald Trump’s 2016 election as president. When I spotted him walking towards where I was standing at a famous Chinese restaurant here in the area, I was initially scared to approach him, based on what I knew and heard about him. But surprisingly, he was as friendly as one can possibly be, and was even willing to take a picture with us. As they say, never judge a book by its cover.
Siyar Bahadurzada, an Afghan UFC fighter based out of Holland. He is quite popular in the Afghan community, as he is one of the few Afghans to have made it to the professional level in the sport of ‘Mixed Martial Arts’ (MMA). Siyar is a very thoughtful and genuine person, and I was fortunate enough to have long and memorable conversations with him as well with a few other friends during his stay here in Northern Virginia/DC-Metro Area.

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