Trade Conflicts Portend a Meaner, Nastier World. Here’s Why

Trade Conflicts Portend a Meaner, Nastier World. Here’s Why

The struggle for power and interest maximization inheres in the nation state form of political organization. This indelible feature of the state makes it prone to a security competition that can besides the typical balance of power politics, interest and power maximization defined in narrow terms, also lead to what is called the “security dilemma” […]

Did Globalization Expose the Limits of Modernization Theory?

Did Globalization Expose the Limits of Modernization Theory?

Among the axioms of modernization theory was the assertion that economic growth constituted one variable for democratization and that this, in turn would , catalyze a middle class which would constitute the foundation for a robust democracy. But, a cursory look at the contemporary political landscape across the world suggests that the prognostications of the […]

Trump is both Right and Wrong about Immigration. Here’s Why

Donald Trump, the president of the United States, rode to and assumed the highest seat of power in the country, on account of a plethora of issues. One of these has been and is immigration. The American president tapped into the wellsprings of anxiety of the white superstructure of the United States. The nature of […]

Muslims are Alone and Our Crises are Existential: On Australia’s Craven and Unwarranted Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Muslims are Alone and Our Crises are Existential: On Australia’s Craven and Unwarranted Recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth Prime Minister was famous for stating, “The Egyptians could run to Egypt, the Syrians into Syria. The only place we could run was into the sea, and before we did that we might as well fight”. Of course, this assertion was as hypocritical and false as can be and was aimed […]

Journalism in a Polarized, Conflicted World

Journalism in a Polarized, Conflicted World

Journalism besides being in the nature of a corrective to power is about narrative. But, governments or let’s say powers that be seek to control or seek a narrative that gels with their interests, agendas and structures. Herein then lies the tension between journalism and governments and their agencies. In lieu of this, a near-record […]

Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

A Review by Wajahat Qazi The United States as a “supergroup” , that is, a group which is not predicated upon a singular ethnic or group identity , with its predilection and penchant for viewing the world in monofocal “rational” terms and view of “progress”- the adoption of democracy and free markets as the antidote […]

Neighbors Envy and “Owners” Pride, Australia Has it All.

Neighbors Envy and “Owners” Pride, Australia Has it All.

he West, as an entity, a region but more importantly as an idea might be in decline but the neo West refuses to be occluded by the blights that define the former. This assertion might seem like meaningless verbiage or an oxymoronish one. But, once broken down, the terms of reference and the meaning will […]

Our (Kashmiris’) Relationship with Dress and Language: Do We Suffer from a Collective Inferiority Complex?

Our (Kashmiris’) Relationship with Dress and Language: Do We Suffer from a Collective Inferiority Complex?

A quasi facetious remark by an acquaintance at a “function” organized by a friend after his return from the Hajj, stares and the giggles that my sartorial tastes elicit, suggest that we, Kashmiris, have a paradoxical relationship with our culture and cultural accoutrements thereof. Let me come to the remark first: at the “function”, I […]

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