March 25, 2013
What if in the next four years President Obama achieves the impossible? If the economy rebounded massively with new jobs and real impactful growth, a resurgent health care system bloomed, a near non-existent terror threat became the reality, and a lasting Israeli – Palestinian peace came to fruition?
Forget it. The world has moved on from the times of real political achievements into an era dominated by the impact of technology and social trends. These are the times where the impact of say, 3D printing, will have more direct influence in everyday life than collective intent and inputs of politicians in the next four years, and even beyond because of the irreversible progression of humanity. More starkly now, a politician and a leader are extremely distinguishable. Both can define visions and plans, and may be excellent at grandiose speeches, but it is the leader that drives and defines the… Continue reading →
September 25, 2012
The rage and uproar against the movie trailer known as ‘Innocence of Muslim,’ will inevitably abate. In its wake however, will gape widening valleys of dissent against all things democracy and more specifically American, across the Muslim world. Slain United States Ambassador, John Christopher Stevens and three fellow citizens fell victim to the intolerance which they were committed to eradicating by the opportunities the Arab Spring presented.
The disgruntled supporters of erstwhile dictators and their regimes, that thrived on double-facing such religious intolerance in order to perpetuate their relevance to the West, are gleefully whipping up sentiments and misinformation against the values of freedom and tolerance that this unfortunate ‘trailer’ represents
It is ironic that values of freedom and democracy inherently abhors offensive depictions or characterisations which this unfortunate video clip portrays. Yet even the heavy price of human lives and best efforts of diplomacy on the part of… Continue reading →
September 15, 2012
Everyone’s been talking about the Federal Reserve’s decision to impose policies for monetary easing in the US. In fact, the topic has been so connected to the upcoming Presidential elections, one might even say that it could make or break both candidates. What does that even mean? Beats me.
The funny thing is that while most people would look to this as a positive reaction to the atrocious labour unemployment problem in the United States, Mitt Romney and his republican cronies seem to think otherwise. Funny enough, Romney and his gang seem to think that the quantitative easing meditated by the Fed serve as a form of ‘bailout’ for the American economy under President Obama
This made Romney’s republican cronies wonder if Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve was really doing it under influence of the Obama administration or out of interest of the American economy, like he claimed… Continue reading →
August 17, 2012
Imagine chancing upon a society made up entirely of women; an idea proposed by Charlotte Perkins Gilman when she wrote her feminist utopian novel Herland. The idea of the existence of a society just like the one in Herland is not entirely impossible; in fact, it has been around for centuries. Feminists like Gilman believe that the result of such a society could equate to an ideal social order, free of war, conflict and domination. It sounds completely whacked but believe it or not, something of that sort could possibly happen in the near future.
August 13, 2012
Juan Cole, a historian and professor of history at the University of Michigan recently published a compelling list of information regarding the difference between a white terrorist and non-white terrorists. He writes for his weblog, Informed Comment , mostly about his opinions on religion, history and the Middle East. Cole is after all, an intellectual of the modern Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Regarding Cole’s post on the differences between white terrorists and other terrorists, Cole points out a few things:
July 29, 2012
More often than not, political change at the polls is an expression of sentiments rather than an affirmation for necessary change. In November, U.S citizens will take yet another opportunity to midwife change, which will either signify a second four year stint for President Barack Obama inside the Oval Office or trundle in Former Massachussetts Governor, Mitt Romney, to steer America into supposed prosperity. For both candidates, it is a given that campaigning efforts must adequately massage veins of sentiments for the ballot scales to weigh in their favour.
In times of hardship, as the U.S economy thrashes like a bleeding shark, politicians tend to overplay the disadvantages of being an incumbent and wildly hoping that the discontent is in itself a major factor to sway voters to their camp. The flip side is the fact that determined incumbents tend to dig very deep and are meticulous in harnessing… Continue reading →