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Artby – Jay Taber

Azawad: A Stateless Democracy

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In To Make a World, Part II: The Art of Creating a State, Jonas Staal observes that in contrast to the mass-performance of the French, which was staged to reinforce France’s empire, “The Azawadian flag forms the ideological, visual, and performative texture of a stateless state.” Examining the conflict between the postcolonial state of Mali [&hellip... more →

Indigenous Nations of the World

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In his article in Indian Country Today, Duane Champagne discusses the continuity and persistence of indigenous cultures and commitments to their own political forms. Recounting the evolution of nation states since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648, Champagne suggests the political complexity of the world, like diverse cultures and languages, should be embraced rather than [&hellip... more →

Official notice evidence of discrimination against Tibetans after protests

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   Official notice evidence of discrimination against Tibetans after protests International Campaign for Tibet October 8th, 2008 Following nearly six months of protests across the Tibetan plateau since March, there is increasing evidence of ethnic tension and discrimination of Tibetan and Chinese people, due at least in part to misinformation and propaganda by the Chinese authorities that has [&hellip... more →

Preventing Elitism

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It is perfectly natural that elites — those with special gifts and achievements — will rise to prominence. When these gifted people exercise noblesse oblige, they should be celebrated and rewarded with appropriate leadership responsibilities. Elitism, however — that phenomenon whereby elites use their gifts and achievements to deprive others of a decent life — [&hellip... more →

Collective Punishment

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I remember the shocking real-time film from the siege of Sarajevo, as well as the attendant world outrage that led to UN and NATO engagement with Serbia. Reading yesterday’s post by Palestinian Red Crescent physician Mona El-Farra about the siege of Gaza by the State of Israel, I couldn’t help comparing the senseless brutality of [&hellip... more →

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