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  • The Fading Hopes of the Arab Spring

    The Fading Hopes of the Arab Spring0

    The Arab Spring was set in motion by the actions of a single man, Muhammad Bouazizi, in Tunisia on December 17, 2010. The man set himself ablaze in response to the Tunisian government confiscating his stand a day before. Like many men in the Middle East, he worked humbly as a vendor – his stand being the only source of income for his family. When the government had confiscated his livelihood without justification, he reacted radically.

  • Regime Change to Save the Syrian People is Pure Hypocrisy

    Regime Change to Save the Syrian People is Pure Hypocrisy0

    Let’s start with the obvious: not a single international player cares about the welfare or security of the Syrian people. They may say they care, but actions speak louder than words.

  • Environmental Racism

    Environmental Racism0

    The problem of environmental fairness became one of the leading issues in social and political discussions of last three decades of XX century and is part and the parcel of ecological inequality of social and race groups and even whole nation’s discrimination. The incitement to this discussion became the investigations of an American sociologist Robert Ballard, who is considered the founder of the environmental unfairness theory, studying the fight of African-American communities against the arrangement of large-scale household landfills within the area of their residence in Texas, USA.

  • Who Are the Champions of Cruelty: Human Beings or?

    Who Are the Champions of Cruelty: Human Beings or?0

    You are probably familiar with the claim that human beings are the most cruel creatures on the earth. But, given an objective analysis of the nature and universe, could this cliché possibly be misleading? Observations in the nature and animal world show that the human beings are not alone in performing cruelty on purpose. Furthermore, we are almost sure that outer universe is not that innocent either; galaxies, stars, planets and asteroids are in an incessant struggle to pull and swallow anything weaker. Under such circumstances, what precisely makes us human beings to feel we are the cruelest?

  • The Responsibilities of the Victim

    The Responsibilities of the Victim0

    No matter how carefully we plan our lives, bad things are going to happen. People close to us are going to die. We or people we care about are going to get terrible diseases. We are going to become the victims of crime or disfiguring accidents. These things are not anomalies. They are part of the normal course of life. The chance of any one disaster happening is usually low, but when you add up all the possible things that can go wrong, you have to face reality: You are going to encounter some major unanticipated catastrophes between now and the end of your life. Are you ready for them?

  • The Politics of Narration: Myths and “National History”

    The Politics of Narration: Myths and “National History”0

    Benedict Anderson in his influential work deconstructs the notion of nationalism as a natural historic reality by claiming that a “nation is an imagined political community and imagined as both inherently limited and sovereign. It is imagined because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.” A modern invention, a nation is born by imagining its ties with the ancient past, creating symbols, history and values that make a community appear real. The Indian nationalist movement which began as a political movement against the British colonialism was ideological in its systematic reconstruction of India. As a response to the Orientalist discourse on the Indian culture and people as the antithetical ‘Other’ to the superior Western civilization, the nationalists created an India that was a reversal of this dominant ideology.