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Thursday, November 19, 2009

CHINA'S REVOLUTION, Part 5, Why I'll Never Buy a Kindle, Afghanistan runs on well-oiled wheels,

CHINA'S REVOLUTION, Part 5 : Surplus and capital formation - China's post-revolution challenge was to transform a feudal economy whose surpluses were mostly unproductive into a system that would increase capital formation and hence national income. Land reform, a significant contributor in the pursuit of this goal, remains a key issue in the country's progress and potential. - Henry CK Liu This is the fifth article in a multi-part series.

Militants change tack in Pakistan - After a month-long operation, Pakistan's military is chasing shadows in the South Waziristan tribal area. The militants being sought so desperately by the army - and the United States - are scattered in remote surrounding areas, including in Afghanistan. Previously, the next step would have been to negotiate a ceasefire. Not this time. In a major switch, the militants want a long-term insurgency against the security apparatus across the country. - Syed Saleem Shahzad

Why I'll Never Buy a Kindle By Benjamin Dangl - Fancy new book readers save lots of trees, yes, but I'll pass.

'Northern Taliban' threatens Central Asia - Taliban counter-moves against United States coalition efforts to forge a supply route from Central Asia to northern Afghanistan have ended the relative calm in that part of Afghanistan and could drag Central Asian states into the conflict. As more foreign fighters from groups like the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan join the ranks of the emerging "northern Taliban", the issue is rapidly climbing up the coalition's agenda. - Sanobar Shermatova

Tunku Varadarajan's "Going Muslim": Normalizing hate speech - Let’s begin with this disconcerting premise: that we live in a world where anti-Islamic sentiments are becoming increasingly less recognizable as hate speech: that is, as speech that attempts to injure through essentializations produced as ‘facts’. The most recent example of this ‘phenomena,’ emerges in “Going Muslim,” the article written for Forbes Magazine by NYU Stern Professor of Business and Hoover Institute Fellow, Tunku Varadarajan. In search of answers for why and how this widening space of acceptability is being produced, let’s turn to the rhetorical form and content of his article for Forbes.

Afghanistan runs on well-oiled wheels - Every day, trucks carry diesel from Turkmenistan to the Afghan capital, Kabul, where some of the fuel is used in electricity power stations. Influential people are making a lot of money from the venture, which is financed by American tax dollars and is part of a fine-tuned system of nepotism and corruption that works a treat. It is not about to change. - Pratap Chatterjee

I Don’t Want To Fight - Guest fiction editors Amitava Kumar and V.V. Ganeshananthan discuss South Asian diaspora literature, war, and conflict—and their fiction selections for Guernica.
Amitava Kumar: Here’s a question: is war more a fact of life for South Asians? Is it a consistent theme in fiction written in the South Asian diaspora?
V.V. Ganeshananthan: It’s hard for me to answer that with complete confidence when I still struggle with the question of how race and ethnicity relate to literary genres and classifications. How do you think it does? People often talk to me of South Asian literature, and I’m not sure what they mean—writing by South Asians? About South Asians?

One-two punch for India's opposition - Following hard on its defeat in national elections, India's main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has been trounced in three state polls. While the results further strengthen the ruling Congress party, the big loser, beyond the BJP, is India's move towards a broad two-front political system. - Neeta Lal

SPEAKING FREELY : The benefits of a nuclear Iran - The United States should simply give Iran the bomb. A nuclear Iran would restore parity to the balance of power in the Middle East and may end up stabilizing the region far more than the continued tensions over Israeli and American objections to Iran's nuclear ambitions. - Aetius Romulous

THE BEAR'S LAIR : Waiting for the train wreck - Central banks have lost the opportunity to change policy, indicated by gold's breakout above US$1,100. The huge weight of global stimulus money ensures that the gold and commodities bubble will now run to its full extent, with the world heading towards another train wreck. - Martin Hutchinson


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