Dead end military solutions – market hegemony over the state

A number of years ago, I was invited to an international conference on war and peace. Participants were academics from different parts of the world. Next to me was sitting a colleague from the University of Arizona who happened to be Jewish and he and I saw ‘eye to eye’ on issues covered at the [...]

Asia: What’s in a name?

One of the first things I was required to do upon recently taking over as Director for the Center of Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville was to define the organization’s goals and the strategy. This naturally entailed defining the geographical scope of Asia for the purview of the Center. Such a task however [...]

Protesting rickshaw drivers rampage city in Bangladesh

Rickshaw drivers have gone on a rampage in capital Dhaka and vandalized over 100 vehicles during protest against a police decision to make the human-pedaled out of bounds on the city streets. The angry drivers protested against the city authority’s move to off-limit to rickshaws, in a bid to ease the chronic clogged streets during [...]

UJ’s Curious Israel Boycott

I’m afraid I do not get the rationale behind the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) recent decision to sever ties with Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Of all of the boycotts to conduct, deciding to target the very institutions where some of the most vibrant dissent against Israeli policy is likely to occur seems counterproductive. [...]

Growing opium, killing children in Afghanistan

From September 2001 when George Bush declared war on Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks in the US until the current Obama administration that has escalated the war in that Asian nation, the victims of war have not been al-Qaeda and Taliban male fighters, but innocent civilians, especially children. A simple web search under [...]

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