Dr. Taj Hashmi writes on the greater value of Western lives than non-Western ones, “Washington not only considers some lives more important than others, but it also categorises Western casualties of friendly fire as ‘innocent victims’, while non-Western victims of such attacks are considered integral to the ubiquitous ‘collateral damage’.”
In December 2014, Dave Riley began the Twitter-based public history project, @SouthAsia71. From this handle, Dave live-tweets the Bengali struggle for independence as if it were happening today. This article describes the rationale behind the project, an overview of the ground covered to-date and provides an indication as to where the project is headed.
When we work for religious liberty, we are working in the interest of the common good; we are not just protecting ourselves. We are working to keep ourselves from participating in the evil of a conscience-restricting coercive government. The apostles denied the authority of a decidedly non-democratic authority to intrude into such matters (Acts 4:19-20), much less should we expect it of a government with constitutional guarantees of the natural rights of religious freedom.
In the health column , Karim Nahim examines the link between fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and alcoholism.
Two years on from the Rana Plaza disaster and Dr. Kazi Mahmudur Rahman notes that not a lot has changed in Bangladesh’s textile industry. In fact, the response to the disaster itself illustrates much of what was wrong with the textile sector in the first place, and the underlying failings of government and the civil society.
Professor Damien Kingsbury argues that Western Sahara is a frozen conflict zone, where a long-standing territorial dispute has led to massive movements of refugees, an insurgency and conventional war. After some years of tentative peace, time is running out to design a political solution that can avert a new series of conflicts.