Featured Blog Posts – October 2012 Archive (5)

The Value of Money For Nothing

Blog post written by Donnie Maclurcan, co-founder of the Post Growth Institute

Giving things away freely – time, knowledge, possessions and money - has been and continues to be a truly valuable aspect of my freedom. My grandmother was a big inspiration. She lived simply yet, in the last years of her life, if you commented appreciatively about any item in her house she would suggest you take it. In part, her…

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Added by Jen Hinton on October 31, 2012 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Modernity and the Chinese Experience

This is a piece I wrote that was published in the SAIS Observer, a student-run monthly at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

I am one of two international students in my “Modernity and World Social Thought” class at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center; the other twenty or so are all Chinese students. Every week we talk about questions of modernity and modernization: whether a country can become technologically “modernized” without being culturally and psychologically…

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Added by William Yale on October 31, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments

Praxis Call for Submissions

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy’s PRAXIS Journal of Human Security is announcing its call for submissions to its 2013 issue!

 

The journal will accept articles from graduate students and professionals on ALL topics of human security – which the journal defines as the intersection of humanitarian assistance, international development, human rights, and conflict resolution, with a focus on the inclusive well-being of individuals, especially the most vulnerable or…

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Added by PRAXIS:Journal of Human Security on October 27, 2012 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Apartheid in Israel?

A majority of Israeli Jews (58%) believe that there is apartheid in Israel today according to an opinion poll published by Haaretz this Tuesday. The poll has received wide attention in the international press and sparked a great deal of controversy.

The poll further finds that a majority of Israeli Jews would…

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Added by Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard on October 25, 2012 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

Global Ethics and Democracy

When I was invited to blog in this network, I decided to write on topics connected with the relation between democracy and international law, which is, currently, one of my main areas of interest. My intuition is that democracy is the only legitimate political authority - not in a sociological sense, but in a normative, moral sense: for me, there are no good arguments to justify authority besides democracy. Then, considering that our international order is essentially undemocratic, we must…

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Added by Nahuel Maisley on October 25, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

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The Crack-Up: The 1919 Elaine Massacre & the Struggle to Remember, with Nan Woodruff

The massacre in rural Elaine, Arkansas was one of the most violent episodes of 1919's Red Summer of racist confrontations, but it also remains one of the least-known. In this talk with historian Ted Widmer, Penn State's Professor Nan Woodruff explains the causes and how it fits in to the post-World War I context. Why are people still reluctant to speak about this massacre? How should we remember this dark chapter in American history?

The Individual & the Collective, Politics, & the UN, with Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, discusses the tensions between the individual and the collective in a world filled with political tension, pervasive surveillance, and fear of risk. What is the role of the UN in this environment? How can we avoid the violent upheavals that marked other transitional phases in humanity?

A Russian Take on the Kurds and U.S. Foreign Policy

A Russian defense news site declared the United States an "unreliable ally" after the the withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev connects this characterization to the need for leaders to connect a specific policy action to a larger, understandable narrative for the American public.

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