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Is Beijing Considering a Policy Change in Xinjiang?

In this article, Brett Elmer argues that an escalation in Xinjiang and Uyghur-related violence since the October 31, 2013, car bomb attack in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, may finally have prompted Chinese President Xi Jinping to take steps towards rectifying the genuine Uyghur grievances that exist in the volatile region.

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The Myth of the Sectarian Problem and the Solution in Iraq

Dr Simon Leitch analyses the current Iraqi crisis. As Iraq today is rocked by attacks from ISIS a blame game has started to undermine Nuri al-Maliki’s government. Maliki, so the argument goes, needs to do more for Sunnis or the country needs to be divided up along sectarian lines. Such a dichotomy is not helpful, as Maliki’s new democracy cannot be easily divided nor can Maliki give the Sunnis minority an equal say in the running of a Shia-dominated state.

How Iraq Became the Graveyard of the American Way of War

As debate continues over whether the Obama administration has done enough to prevent the rise of ISIS, it is worth thinking about the broader consequences of America’s war in Iraq. Dr. Danny Cooper, Alochonaa’s American Foreign Policy Editor argues that ‘one such consequence is a deep uncertainty about how the United States should employ its power’. in Danny’s view, the 2003 Iraq War, in fact, contributed greatly to undermining a number of ideas about how the United States should fight its wars in the twenty-first century.

A Review of James H. Cousins (1873-1956)

René Wadlow reviews the Irish writer, playwright, actor, critic, editor, teacher and poet known as James H. Cousins. Cousins wrote on cultural issues alongside with A.E. (George Russell) and William Butler Yeats, who played a major role in the Irish literary revival of the late 1890s – early 1900s. In 1915 Cousins left for India as literary editor of The New India of Annie Besant (1847-1933) and became one of the organisers of the university of the Princely State of Travancore, where he headed the Department of Fine Arts and English Studies.

Globalisation in Bangladesh: The School of Rock and the Soldiers of God

Mubashar Hasan examines the rise of ‘rockization’ and Global political Islamist parties as conflicting aspects of globalization in Bangladesh. He argues, “unavoidable discursive transnational forces of globalization disrupt the nature of traditional culture, social boundaries and foster the rooted cosmopolitanism within Bangladeshis where agents for consumer cultures and rebels of globalisation who themselves are products of globalisation, are maneuvering.”

Sustaining the pottery heritage of Bangladesh by changing habit

“The existence of our pottery heritage is threatened. As it is an integral part of our culture, saving this heritage by changing habit or any other means or effort is our social as well as national responsibility…” – Md Zahidur Rahaman and Tahmina Khatun in this very informative piece illustrate the significance of the Bengali pottery industry and why it is in rapid decline.

New Zealand – A Social Laboratory of the World

Earlier this year New Zealand was crowned the most socially advanced country in the world! And if you ask any Kiwi, they will certainly back the claims that NZ really is the most socially progressive nation – after all they were the first to give women the vote and they are nuclear free! In part 1 of this 2 part series, Peter Ramage takes a look back at NZ’s history as a social innovator, and explores why NZ was identified as leading the world on social ‘advancedness’.