Simon Leitch argues that despite the dire warnings about increasing Saudi-Iranian tensions, the most recent inter-faith stoush between the Gulf powers is unlikely to boil over for a simple reason – both states are already doing as much as they reasonably can to undermine each other, and neither one has incentives to engage in open war.
Will Davies argues that the reality television has long pitted people against each other in various overtly competitive or pseudo-competitive environments. Viewers or judges rate their performances and cast judgement on their value to society, and although these shows are usually simple and rarely political they shine light on many aspects of the modern liberal psyche.
Against the backdrop of rising political and violent activities in the name of Islam, Dr Tariq Ramadan advances philosophical and historical bases and an analytical framework for critical thinking for Muslims in the East and the West.
Professor Werner Menski identifies recent remarkable developments in nation-building processes in Bangladesh, which remain marred by contested visions of the country’s identity and future.
Jon Kofas argues that one reason that EU and US investors are bullish on Spanish securities, despite a temporary setback the day after the elections is because they know that the anti-austerity PODEMOS party will conform exactly as SYRIZA in Greece and neoliberal policies will prevail no matter who is in government.
Dr. Charan Bal argues that in Singapore the focus on changing “employer attitudes” towards migrant domestic worker welfare is misplaced. The nature of domestic work, exploitative recruitment systems and lack of legal rights for migrants leave them highly vulnerable to various forms of abuses.
Mubashar Hasan argues that in order to resist increasing radicalism in Bangladeshi society, the state needs to promote cultural alternatives which support values of inclusion and moderation such as Bangladeshi Rock ‘n’ Roll music.