Dr. Jason Hickel, LSE lecturer
who was born and brought up in Swaziland, writes on Transparency International's latest Corruption Perception Index and its eyecatching global map
. Here's a tiny snippet to encourage you to read the rest of the article on Al Jazeera
Many international development organisations hold that persistent poverty in the Global South is caused largely by corruption among local public officials. In 2003 these concerns led to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which asserts that, while corruption exists in all countries, this "evil phenomenon" is "most destructive" in the global South, where it is a "key element in economic underperformance and a major obstacle to poverty alleviation and development".
There's only one problem with this theory: It's just not true. [more inside]
posted by infini
on Feb 3, 2014 -
Octavia Nasr Canned at CNN.
CNN's Chief Middle East correspondent for 20 years, Octavia Nasr tweeted “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah
... One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.” She was fired by CNN shortly afterward because they believed "her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward".
posted by falameufilho
on Jul 7, 2010 -
, as she is today, was carved out
of British India
, in 1947 when the left and right hand sides of the country became the new nation of Pakistan (East
) respectively. While the history of Islamic influence and subsequent tolerance and intolerance
goes back centuries to the first advent of the Mughal invasion
, it has been said that the post Independence troubles
of the modern nations of India and Pakistan stem from this
sundering. In 1971, war
brought forth Bangladesh
from the former East Pakistan on India's eastern border.
, as this holocaust is known, embedded
in current day Indian
, culture, movies
, TV serials
and music, was an unimaginable
horror of slaughter
and bloodshed. This separation was not in the plans of the Mahatma
, and it is said he was assassinated by Hindu fundamentalists
for letting it happen. What future awaits
the Hindus and Muslims who have lived side by side
for hundreds of years?
posted by infini
on Nov 26, 2008 -
"The Vital Triangle: China, the United States, and the Middle East"- seeking to understand the effects of the China-Middle East relationship on the United States, the U.S. Middle East relationship on China, and the Sino-American relationship on the Middle East.
Book excerpts (Chapter 1
) (Chapter 3
with Jon Alterman, co-author. Via the very useful SUSRIS
posted by Burhanistan
on Oct 20, 2008 -
The individualism-collectivism split between Eastern and Western cultures is well known but it's origin somewhat of a mystery. Now a team of researchers has come up with a surprising explanation: disease-causing microbes
posted by stbalbach
on Apr 9, 2008 -
Ayaan Hirsi Ali-Infidel from the Middle East
Controversial dutch author, film maker, atheist, critic of Islam, and feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Has been making the rounds
for her book, Infidel.
She says: the only way to preserve Islam on the one hand and counter them as moderate Muslims is to say "Well you guys are right. All this stuff is in the Qu'ran. The Qu'ran is written by human beings. And as human beings, endowed with reason, we can change this because we don't think that it's beneficial. Or even if we are not going to change it, we are going to believe that in its context, because the Qu'ran was written in a different time, in a different context, in a different age. We're going to move on; we're going to take from the Qu'ran those things that we think are compatible with human hearts." But the minute you start doing that, that's when hell comes in, and the radicals will say "Oh, but then you are not a believer because you are refuting what God says."
"What is going to be left of Saudi Arabia if you take away the Qu'ran and the Shar'ia and the prophet. There's simply going to be no Saudi state. They'll all want secularism; they'll all want democracy."
posted by MDA38
on Mar 2, 2007 -
The Last Jews of Cairo
As soon as we saw the guns, we knew we’d arrived at the synagogue. Egyptian policemen thronged behind barricades, white uniforms in the dusk, handguns at their hips. Above them, on stairs, Special Forces soldiers in black with red armbands held machine guns as easily as we did point-and-shoot cameras.
posted by MDA38
on Feb 13, 2007 -
Have you got ICE in your mobile? "Following the disaster in London . . .
East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston.
The idea is that you store the word "ICE" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency"
posted by azul
on Jul 11, 2005 -
"We're press! Don't shoot!"
Isn't PRESS on a flak jacket like painting bullseyes on your butt? The Israel Defense Forces
have declared Bethlehem, Qalqiliya and Ramallah officially off-limits, and journalists will either be forcibly removed or in some cases shot on sight. The Committee to Protect Journalists
is just one of many organizations speaking out against the unethical treatment of First Ammendment fighters throughout the world. Like this is gonna help. Should enemies of freedom be expected to 'play fair' or should we just accept that some journalists are going to die? Is it possible to investigate the truth right now in the West Bank, or are journalists needlessly putting their lives on the line for nothing?
posted by ZachsMind
on Apr 3, 2002 -
Looking the World in the Eye
Huntington, a Harvard prof., lays out his vision for the future of the clash of civilizations in an article in The Atlantic Monthly. The main points are-
• The fact that the world is modernizing does not mean that it is Westernizing. The impact of urbanization and mass communications, coupled with poverty and ethnic divisions, will not lead to peoples' everywhere thinking as we do.
• Asia, despite its ups and downs, is expanding militarily and economically. Islam is exploding demographically. The West may be declining in relative influence.
• Culture-consciousness is getting stronger, not weaker, and states or peoples may band together because of cul tural similarities rather than because of ideological ones, as in the past.
• The Western belief that parliamentary democracy and free markets are suitable for everyone will bring the West into conflict with civilizations—notably, Islam and the Chinese— that think differently.
• In a multi-polar world based loosely on civilizations rather than on ideologies, Americans must reaffirm their Western identity.
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy
on Nov 28, 2001 -
an interesting take on the whole western ideals v eastern ideals idea. The collapse of the Soviet Union as harbinger of the collapse of the west? Well, maybe not from the perspective of your average neo-libertarian. From the perspective of someone who didn't buy into the Enlightenment, from where springs both liberal democracy and marxism, then it may just look like one process. Interesting article from the 'Other Side of the Hill'
posted by vbfg
on Sep 17, 2001 -