The ‘Indigenous’ Experiment

“The nation as understood by the nationalist, is a substitute god, nationalism of this sort might be called ethnolatry.” – Hugh Seton-Watson (Nations and States, An Enquiry into the Origins of Nations and the Politics of Nationalism) Ever since I started working with indigenous peoples’ rights activists, I have come to expect a broad range [...]

United States softens on threats to relations with Bangladesh

It now appears that the United States government has softened in exerting diplomatic pressure on Bangladesh soon after the authorities forcibly removed Nobel laureate Professor Mohammad Yunus from the micro-finance institution he founded 30 years ago. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was irked last March and threatened that the bilateral relations with Bangladesh would [...]

Drug Policy Debate: Pay attention to the clamor to legalize drugs, Drug Policy Allliance head, Ethan Nadelmann suggests to presidential candidates

An in-depth interview by the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, with Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance. He was a speaker at the international forum, Drugs: An Assessment of a Century of Prohibition, held in Mexico City this week.  La Jornada: “For Mexico to move towards a model of decriminalization of drugs and be [...]

Wake Forest’s Campus Jihadist Stirs Outrage

It’s been two years since the prestigious Wake Forest University hired Imam Khalid Griggs to be its first Muslim Assistant Chaplain. When the university’s President Nathan O. Hatch officially appointed him in February 2010, he was praised as a paragon of religious tolerance and freedom of speech. Nathan Hatch might be given a pass for [...]

How to underdevelop a nation: IMF-EU prescription for Greece

There are signs not just in Greece and Portugal, but across Southern and Eastern Europe that popular uprisings may be inevitable in spring-to-summer 2012. Following the second bailout package of Greece, it now seems inevitable that Portugal too will need one as well. Portugal’s government has asked Germany for a second bailout, but the Merkel [...]

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