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The Mood in Moscow

Professor Mark N. Katz was in Moscow last week where he participated in a conference at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (commonly known by its Russian acronym, MGIMO). He did a radio interview with Ekho Moskvy, and talked with many Russian scholars and journalists about the current international situation. Here is a summary of the views he heard from his Russian interlocutors over the course of the week.

Explanation to “What is truth?”

Soibal Dasgupta, in response to Alochonaa’s earlier publication ‘What is truth?’, reflects upon his observations of what constitutes the ‘truth’. The author observes that the truth serves multiple practical functions for people across the globe; this ‘truth’ acquired through his traveling experiences. Dasgupta concludes that truth and lies are two faces of the same coin – “either exist both or none”.

Gary Snyder : (1930 – ) A Zen View of Nature

Dr. Rene Wadlow, is highlighting for individuals who have enriched culture and built trans-frontier bridges of understanding. In this wonderful piece, Dr Wadlow looks into the life of Gary Snyder, one of the writers of America’s Beat Generation- a group of liberal writers and poets who changed the American literary landscape forever. In this piece Dr. Wadlow argues that Snyder was influenced by Zen philosophy.

In Quest of Sunshine in the Land of the Rising Sun

Ever since the dreadful case of rape of a 23 year old girl in the capital of the biggest democracy in the world in 2012, the security and position of women in the global south are being discussed vividly, as the development of a nation in the contemporary times not only depends upon its economic power but also on its human development index. However, what is often ignored is that the local day to day traditions are the evidence of a woman’s position in a society as the same cannot improve overnight. This article makes an analysis of the position of women in one of the relatively dominant and better off Asian nations:Japan, and shows that economic empowerment is not often the measure of social conditions, specially when it comes to women. It is the social traditions, which define this crucial parameter and hence only a change in our thought process will help.

An Examination of How Elite Interests are Reflected in the Media’s Coverage of Terrorism

Rudolf Ondrich argues that media reporting on terrorism, far from being unbiased and impartial, helps to propagate elite governmental interests. The result of this is media coverage that wildly distorts the actual factual record. In order to establish his point, Rudolf applies the propaganda model coined in by Edward Herman and Noam Chomesky on three case studies: (a) Israeli attack on Gaza Strip in 2009, (b) US backed genocide in Nicaragua in early 80s and (c) US-led war against Iraq in the aftermath of the 9/11.

What is Truth?

In the pursuit of knowledge by description, wrong assumptions are possible. When we try to discuss the knowledge of truths, it becomes clear that this type of knowledge, as opposed to the knowledge of things, has a problematic opposite called ‘error’. There exists a dualism; we believe things falsely as well as truly. Since many people hold different and incompatible beliefs, some of them must be erroneous. The urgent question on this issue is how to distinguish truly held beliefs from those falsely held. Perhaps, no satisfactory answer is possible, but before approaching possible answers, there must first be an investigation into the meaning of the concepts of truth and falsehood. This article is an approach to explain the human analysis and knowledge of the thought – ‘truth’.

Study Abroad: Things to consider

Before you decide to go for higher study in abroad, you need to have a PURPOSE and you have set your GOAL accordingly. Jobs and career prospects are the things on the mind of every student who graduates from University. In this highly informative piece M Murshed Haider explains the tribulations one needs to go through to attain a niche in their career path, one such trial to achieve this goal is the decision to study overseas.