Thanks for the A2A. I am many credits richer :) I completely agree withSom's take on Bengali pretenses to intellectualism and romanticism. Bengalis unfortunately have a collective disdain for commerce and perhaps the utopian idea of Communism attracts the Bengali psyche. The question is why Communism is so successful in Bengal. Satadru Das's answer to India: Why is Communism so successful in West Bengal
That’s what the new rules being smuggled into trade agreements are delivering. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 5th November 2013 Remember that referendum about whether we should create a single market with the United States? You know, the one that asked whether corporations should have the power to strike down our laws? A Global Ban on Left-Wing Politics | George Monbiot
The Coloniality of Power is a theory of interrelation of the practices and legacies of European colonialism in social orders and forms of knowledge, advanced in postcolonial studies and Latin American subaltern studies, most prominently by Anibal Quijano. The theory describes the living legacy of colonialism in contemporary societies in the form of social discrimination that outlived formal colonialism and became integrated in succeeding social orders. The concept identifies the racial, political and social hierarchical orders imposed by European colonialism in Latin America that prescribed value to certain peoples/societies while disenfranchising others. Coloniality of power
I like things, and some of those things are problematic. I like Lord of the Rings even though it’s pretty fucked up with regard to women and race (any narrative that says “this whole race is evil” is fucked up, okay). I like A Song of Ice and Fire even though its portrayal of people of colour is problematic, and often I find that its in-text condemnation of patriarchy isn’t obvious enough to justify the sexism displayed. I like the movie Scott Pilgrim vs The World even though it is racist in its portrayal of Matthew Patel, panders to stereotypes in its portrayal of Wallace, and trivialises queer female sexuality in its portrayal of Ramona and Roxy’s relationship. For fuck’s sake, Ramona even says “It was a phase”! How much more cliche and offensive could this movie be? » How to be a fan of problematic things Social Justice League
European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 April 2013 Trafficking in human beings: more victims in the EU but Member states are slow to respond 23.632 people were identified or presumed victims of trafficking in the EU over the 2008-2010 period. Trafficking in human beings: more victims in the EU but Member states are slow to respond
Preliminary Arafat Jaradat autopsy report: ‘Reason of Death: nervous shock as a result of extreme pain from the intensity of the injuries described above, which resulted from multiple direct and extensive acts of torture’ (Download the PDF of the Report) Will be updated continuously with related news and photography below this post. While the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Art 5 states : “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” torture is widely institutionalized in Israeli prisons. More information about Israel’s habits of Torture (also deployed on children below this post) Saturday February 23, 2013 19:05 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News LIVE BLOG | #ArafatJaradat Tortured to Death by Israel (Updated)
Beware the voluntourists intent on doing good | World news I recently came across an interesting article questioning voluntourism and assessing whether it does more harm than good in communities of the global south. It reminded me of my own concerns with "voluntourism" that originated in my college years in which I had participated in Alternative Spring Breaks. It was considered an alternative to what most college students did on their vacations: spending idle time by the poolside. The university-organised trips sent students to spend a week in disadvantaged and poverty-stricken communities to volunteer. This could take the form of teaching English at the local school, assisting in building and beautifying new homes for residents, or environmental cleanups.
Little-known aspect of physicist’s life revealed By Ken Gewertz Harvard News Office Einstein’s response to the racism and segregation he found in Princeton was to cultivate relationships in the town’s African-American community. Jerome and Taylor interviewed members of that community who still remember the white-haired, disheveled figure of Einstein strolling through their streets, stopping to chat with the inhabitants, and handing out candy to local children. Here’s something you probably don’t know about Albert Einstein. In 1946, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist traveled to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the alma mater of Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall and the first school in America to grant college degrees to blacks. Albert Einstein, Civil Rights activist - The Harvard University Gazette
Read Shah Rukh Khan's article which appeared in Outlook Turning Points 2013 The article 'Being a Khan', authored by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, appeared last week in the magazine Outlook Turning Points (The Global Agenda 2013). Read the full article below: Being a Khan I am an actor. Time does not frame my days with as much conviction as images do. Images rule my life.
I once published a piece about white privilege, and my white friend’s dad lost it. He read it and immediately called his son at work and asked him, “What are you doing right now?” My friend replied, “Working, why?” My friend worked as a carpet cleaner, backbreaking labor for sure. How To Talk To Someone About Privilege Who Doesn't Know What That Is
The term lived experience is used to describe the first-hand accounts and impressions of living as a member of a minority or oppressed group. When women talk about what it's like to be female in a predominantly male geek community, they are describing their lived experiences. People often discount accounts of lived experience, saying: Lived experience
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Criminal Justice Petition: Police Pepper-Spray Peaceful UC Davis Students: Ask Chancellor Katehi to Resign! I just signed the following petition addressed to: Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. ----------------Resign Join University of California at Davis, Assistant Professor Nathan Brown in calling for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Kathei for her failure to protect UC Davis student's First Amendment right to assemble, or even the physical safety by Nathan Brown's Open Letter To The...
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OWS and the Tea Party I began this post just to share the graphic at the bottom, but got carried away in the lead in. As a bloodless technocrat I am always unnerved when the people take to the streets. As I recently told a correspondent: if we are doing our jobs right then people shouldn’t even know that technocrats exist. They should never think about us.
14th October 2013 Question with 128 notes Anonymous asked: How can you claim to speak for 99% of people? We don’t claim to speak for anyone, we merely present stories.
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