“Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?”, quipped Sean Penn before announcing the winner of the best film at the Oscars. Quite predictably, the media went into a frenzy. But was it really surprising?Arafat Kabir argues maybe not, if it’s viewed from the lens of globalization.
Did you know that the American Dream now comes in the form of a miracle pill? A recent marketing and advertising trend is peddling what they call the “smart pill”, presumably a brain pill that not only makes you smart, it can also make you rich because you optimize your brain capacity! This is essentially a vitamin supplement that claims to boost memory, energy, and creativity, but it can also make you rich, very rich because it allows you to use your head more effectively when making those difficult career and investment decisions.
What are the factors and conditions that attract religious adherents to radical causes? Dr Brian Adams analyses the role and policy conditions of interfaith dialogue in assuaging intercultural and religious conflict. Read more…
Using theories of mediation studies Osiur Rahman examines the prospect of a series of recent initiative taken by Bangladeshi civil society who are trying to resolve a deadly stand off between Bangladesh’s two major political parties. Osiur argues that there is little hope for Bangladeshi civil society as these civil society members do not have necessary instruments to resolve the crisis.
An interesting trend in filmmaking in the last few decades has been Hollywood’s courting of the Chinese market. This has lead to some interesting changes in what films are getting made, where they’re set, and what they’re saying. Regular Alochonaa contributor Peter Ramage explains…
Separatist activity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has created a divide between east and west. Chinese central policies intended to provide for cultural and ethnic equality, cohesion and stability can be seen as the root cause for this division and angst common among Uyghurs. Is there an end to the conflict and sparatist extremism, or will it continue for years to come?
In this powerful piece, Gurminder K Bhambra, a Warwick University Professor highlights intellectual segregation within academic disciplines.