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2008 in Images

December 31, 2008 by and tagged

Le télézapping de l’année by lemondefr

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Stealth Conflicts – The Blog

December 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

In addition to his book, Virgil Hawkins created a blog on the topic of Stealth Conflicts. It is a great addition of up to date info and data on these conflicts (and maybe a way to publish materials that did not make it into the book). For instance, compare these two maps which neatly illustrate [...]

Posted in Identity, Media, Nationalism, Networks, New Wars, Politics, Social Research | 2 Comments »

Didier Lapeyronnie Digs Up “The Social Fracture”

December 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

For the non-French among you, the pun in the title will escape you but for those of us who survived the Chirac presidential campaigns and presidency only thanks to Les Guignols De L’Info, we all remember that the social fracture was Chirac’s big theme (not he did much about it, like any good conservative). The [...]

Posted in Gender, Patriarchy, Poverty, Precarization, Public Policy, Social Discrimination, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, social marginality, Social Stigma, Social Stratification, Sociology, Structural Violence, Urban Ecology | No Comments »

The Girls of Kurdistan: Liberated and Mutilated

December 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

As members of the Bush administration are running their final lap on a variety of shows to defend their legacy, especially concerning Iraq, it is necessary to remember that things are definitely worse for women and girls there (although we already know they don’t count, really): "Sheelan Anwar Omer, a shy 7-year-old Kurdish girl, bounded [...]

Posted in Gender, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Mass Violence, Patriarchy, Religious Fundamentalism, Sexism, Structural Violence | No Comments »

David Korten Has a Blog!

December 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

David Korten is one of my favorite authors and When Corporations Rule The World is a must-read and now considered a modern classic on globalization. Now, he has a blog:

Posted in Activism, Corporatism, Development, Economy, Environment | No Comments »

Book Review – Stealth Conflicts

December 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Virgil Hawkins‘s Stealth Conflicts – How The World’s Worst Violence is Ignored is a necessary book that dispels quite a few myths regarding the current world’s conflicts. While the world is currently focused on the collective punishment Israel is inflicting on the Gaza strip, and as 2008 draws to an end, there is not much [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Corporatism, Economy, Global Governance, Globalization, Human Rights, Ideologies, Mass Violence, Media, Nationalism, New Wars, Politics | 3 Comments »

Goodbye to All That

December 27, 2008 by and tagged

After the announced demise of the Washington Consensus, down goes the Chicago School of Economics: "Some time ago, I asked if “Milton Friedman was the next economist whose once lauded reputation may soon slide ?” Turns out it happened much quicker than expected. A long Bloomberg piece, Friedman Would Be Roiled as Chicago Disciples Rue [...]

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Compare and Contrast: 200 Dead – One Billion Hungry

December 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

As bad as it is, why does this… Plus de 200 morts dans les raids israéliens à Gaza – Tout savoir sur les dernières actualités politiques, monde, société, sports, écologie avec le journal en ligne Libération via kwout Get more coverage than this? Year of the hungry: 1,000,000,000 afflicted – World Politics, World – The [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Free Trade, Global Governance, Globalization, Human Rights, Mass Violence, Media, Poverty | No Comments »

Samuel Huntington – RIP

December 27, 2008 by and tagged

Samuel Huntington est mort – Tout savoir sur les dernières actualités politiques, monde, société, sports, écologie avec le journal en ligne Libération via kwout

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Global Spaces of Struggle – Human Rights

December 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This is my review / summary of Micheline Ishay’s article in Globalizations , "Promoting Human Rights in the Era of Globalization and Interventions: The Changing Spaces of Struggle," December 2004, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 181-193. A lot of discussions on globalization have revolved around the question of space. What spatial dimensions are relevant in [...]

Posted in Corporatism, Economy, Global Governance, Global Imaginary, Globalization, Human Rights, Ideologies, Nationalism, Networks, Patriarchy, Politics, Privacy, Religious Fundamentalism, Social Movements, Social Theory, Sociological Articles, Sociology, Surveillance Society, Technology | No Comments »

Lacan Was Right: There Are No Such Human Beings As Women

December 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

It must be what the US government is thinking since it decided to promote institutionalized rape, otherwise, what would be the point of this? "The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. [...]

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A Sociological Puzzle

December 26, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Baptiste Coulmont has a sociological puzzle that needs solving. Can anyone help him? Here it is: sociology does not tackle great fictions – such as "secularization", "individualism" or bourgeoisie" – directly to describe and explain society (here’s another one right there). However, the sociologist relies on indicators. For instance, one can use the number of [...]

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Persistent Social Issues for 2009 – Slavery

December 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

As the year draws to a close, here is an issue that will still need fighting in 2009: slavery. BBC NEWS | Africa | ‘Thousands made slaves’ in Darfur via kwout I have to say that this is sadly not surprising. As anyone who has read Kevin Bales books on the subject knows, social disintegration [...]

Posted in Gender, Human Rights, Labor, New Wars, Patriarchy, Sexism, Slavery, Trafficking | Comments Off

Somalia: A Symbol of World (Dis)Order

December 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

It seems that Somalia now represents the nexus or ground zero of the world disorder. Two articles independently describe the situation there in pretty much the same terms. Somalia: A Symbol of the Decaying World Order – Worldpress.org via kwout And here as well: ‘Just World News’ with Helena Cobban: Somalia and an international community [...]

Posted in Global Governance, Globalization, Mass Violence, New Wars, Organized Crime, Trafficking, United Nations | No Comments »

Book Review – The Wild Girl

December 22, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

Having read and deeply enjoyed Jim Fergus‘s One Thousand White Women, I decided to read his other novel, The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932. The structure of the book is very similar to OTWW: we follow the story through the eyes of the main character as he writes his observations in his [...]

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