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28 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

It Gets Better: Sanctioning Routine Violence

Between the movement for marriage equality and the It Gets Better campaign, I’m just about ready to give up my membership in the LGBT community. But I checked, and it turns out that I don’t have a membership card. It’s not even about the smiling white faces inundating us with the message that all shall […]

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02 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Death of Bin Laden: The End of An Era?

It’s official — for the first time in history, hordes of mostly white people rioted for May Day outside the White House. And most of them were The George Washington University students who heard the news about the gathering on Twitter, Facebook and through word of mouth. For me, this was a great moment in […]

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27 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Fighting Against Women’s Oppression All Over Again

I’ve such a horrible case of déjà vu right now. Anyone else remember how the oppression of women in Afganistan was used as a polemic and rhetorical device to justify the occupation of the country and distinguish between “us” and “them?” Of course, taking nothing away from this woman, my statement does not mean that […]

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18 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Japan On The Brink of Nuclear Disaster: Is It Time to Deconstruct Nuclear Threats Yet?

The nuclear fallout from Japan has reached my state of California. Reportedly, the level of radiation is not dangerous to the people of the West Coast so they do not need to take those iodine pills. I’m plagued with a different question. Here’s a possible nuclear threat that no country has placed as part of […]

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01 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Pani (Water), Memory and Post-Colonial Identity

Miles from a place fondly called home, a small plastic bottle of FIJI Water peers at me through the doors of a convenience store, teasing and tormenting, begging me to take it back. I reach out fondly, only to jerk my hand away. They say it’s untouched by civilization, They say it provides jobs, They […]

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28 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Identifying MacroStructual Trends in Asian Economies

This post recognizes the error in assuming that all Asian countries are undergoing similar socio-cultural-economic processes and placing diverse Asian countries on the same trajectory of development. That said, when identifying and ranking important macro-structural trends in Asia, one must keep in mind the larger context of modernity within which these trends exist. The Asian […]

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11 June 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Morons of the Week: Those Britons Who Voted for the BNP

In elections held 2 days ago, Nick Griffin and the far-right British National Party won seats for the FIRST time! All was celebratory in the BNP camp till he got pelted with eggs for his reactionary point of views. The British National Party opposes what Nick Griffin calls the ”creeping Islamification” of Britain, supports voluntary […]

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27 November 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Mumbai Attacks – They Wanted Foreigners

Follow on Twitter – #Mumbai and DesiPundit has done a great job with the round-ups. My concern is with this statement from Reuters. A witness told Indian television that gunmen in Mumbai looked for British and U.S. passport holders. “They wanted anyone with British or American passports,” a witness at the Taj Hotel, who said […]

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23 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Journal of Peasant Studies – Peasant Pasts: History and Memory in Western India

This book review should appear in the upcoming edition of the Journal of Peasant Studies. I cannot publish the whole bit here even though it is my work, since I signed over licensing rights but it should be available through your college databases. I don’t know whether I will have time for more book reviews […]

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15 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Documentary 'Border' – Masquerading as Neither 'Left' nor 'Right'

From the Press Release (propaganda) of this new pro-restrictionist, pro-Minutemen ‘Documentary’ called ‘Border’: The shocking documentary ‘Border’ shows how a porous border and limited enforcement enables human smugglers and drug traffickers to extort, rape, murder and humiliate those seeking a better life in the United States. Destroying the notion that those who want to secure […]

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