Dr. Simon Leitch argues, some revolutions succeed but most fail, and the current protests in Hong Kong will have to break through many barriers to achieve democratic reforms. It will be interesting to see if the Chinese government can weather the storm without making any concessions, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of well-managed authoritarianism.
Finlay Green* London, October 4, 2014 (Alochonaa): Nationalism is widely regarded as a poisonous ideology, and it’s not hard to see why. From Nazism to the Balkans conflict of the 1990s, nationalism has all too often been the political manifestation of xenophobia, leaving a trail of devastation in […]
In response to the democratic protests that have swept through the city-state of Hong Kong over the last week, Alochonaa invited submissions from both mainland and Hong Kong perspectives. We present you with three diverse and contrasting perspectives which each offer individual and personal insight into the demonstrations
As the peaceful, pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong continue, Kawai Wong discusses the events of September 28 and the unbreakable spirit of the Hong Kong people.
Mubashar Hasan discusses the rhetoric behind Australia’s most recent ‘anti-terrorist’ campaigns and the backlash this has inflicted on the wider Muslim community within Australia.
Professor Malory Nye argues that the debate about calling the terrorist outfit Islamic state (IS) non-Islamic is not justified because in Islam what is Islamic or not is far from a settled issue. In his view, this debate should be resolved if one calls IS ‘Daesh’- an Arabic word referring to ‘downtrodden’ (daes) or ‘causing discord’ (dahes).