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News You Really Need To See: "Thailand’s Political Tensions Are Rekindling Ethnic and Regional Divisions"

“Thailand’s Political Tensions Are Rekindling Ethnic and Regional Divisions”

The New York Times, April 13, 2014, p.A9


“Thailand is the land of the Thais, of course — but also of the Lanna, Lao, Mon, Malay, Khmer and Chinese, among other ethnic groups subsumed into the country over the centuries.   255 more words

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Diversity = Division

Much of the public has unquestioningly embraced the mantra “Diversity is Strength.” Then again, in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, much of the public also blindly accepted oxymoronic slogans such as “WAR IS PEACE” and “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.” Throughout history, the general public has been little more than a giant hardware store full of tools. 1,099 more words

Thinking Aloud: Thailand, The Insurgency No One Covers

Apr. 7, 2014 by Darius 

There was a small item in today’s Washington Post about a bomb going off in southern Thailand, wounding dozens of people.  321 more words

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Thinking Aloud: Who’s Who in the Afghan Presidential Race (Update)

Apr. 3, 2014 by Darius 

Afghanistan’s presidential election is Saturday (April 5).  Recent polls suggest 75% of eligible Afghans intend to vote, which is more than double the voter turnout in Afghanistan’s first presidential election five years ago. 731 more words

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Thinking Aloud: "Contestation and Adaptation: The Politics of National Identity in China"

Apr. 2, 2014 by Darius 

Earlier this week I saw University of London professor Enze Han talk about how China’s ethnic minorities have responded to the Chinese government’s attempt to promote a “national identity”: do they contest it or do they adapt to it?  1,044 more words

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Wyclef Jean – Million Voices

Hopefully Rwanda isn’t repetitively sung  as a refrain only because it rolls of the tongue!

Wyclef Jean cites various passages from the Bible to rap about the importance of a united, and peaceful Africa. 159 more words


News You Really Need To See: "Iraqi Kurds: Yesterday's Victims Show Little Compassion?"

“Iraqi Kurds: Yesterday’s Victims Show Little Compassion?”

AlJazeera, Mar. 18, 2014


“There is no doubt that Iraqi Kurds have faced gross injustices throughout the last century – from British colonial air raids to Saddam Hussein’s chemical attack on Halabja on March 16, 1988 as part of his ‘Anfal’ campaign.   243 more words

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