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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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’.
Come and shake my hand, I am not your enemy, I just do not want anymore breathe any more of my freedom stealthily, simple freedom that does no harm to others….. We do not want to be sentenced forever to this stealthily freedom. We want to walk, shoulder to shoulder with those who believe or not believe in Hijab, with dignity and freedom. That’s it!!” – Alochonaa’s regular contributor Naureen Zaina Azizee sheds light on the silent revolt taking place in Iran.