Part three of Scott Musgrave’s East Asia series focuses on Japan. In this article we delve deeper into the bigger issues facing Japan and go beyond the state’s most well known role as a strong US ally and ‘regional balancer’ to explore the revival of the right wing politics in Japan and its broader impact on the domestic and regional political landscape.
Jyoti Rahman explains what economists have to offer in helping work out who will win this years FIFA World Cup, why no liberal democracies will have a chance in winning and why we can blame this all on Karl Marx.
Today the world has become divided on “civilizational lines” the question that resonates within the minds of many is not whether you are Muslim? It’s whether you are a Shia Muslim or a Sunni Muslim? Therefore, to answer this question Alochonaa presents the first of a three part series, in which we try to disentangle the truth of Islam from the shadow of sectarian dogma.
In this article, B. Kal Munis explores both troubling and positive developments from the recent Balkan flood, an event largely ignored in Western media. In the aftermath of the disaster, inept government responses and media censorship have combined with local generosity and inter-ethnic cooperation, illustrating the problems and prospects for the future of the former Yugoslavian states.
In Thailand, Theravada Buddhism is the context for the wider ‘re-structuring’ of traditional female gender roles. The Bhikkhuni (female monk) revolution refers to the small, yet strong, movement of Thai female Buddhists wishing to be ordained and live a monastic life, on par with their male counterparts. The author highlights the structural hurdles these women will encounter, both within the religious and societal realms of Thai society. We see the Bhikkhuni movement as being an action of direct resistance against the long held male patriarchal structure of Thai society. Consequently, it is seen that the aspiration for a Bhikkhuni revival is the fundamental explanation for the interaction and interconnectivity between religion and gender relations in Thailand.
Dr. Kate Raworth outlines a guerrilla campaign for economics students. Dr. Raworth proposes that students should vandalise macroeconomic textbooks to alter the diagram on the Circular Flow of Money. Anyone can participate in this campaign because all they need is a pencil. She outlines the plan: “Sneak into the bookshops, the libraries and classrooms, and into the office of every economics professor you know. Get out the macroeconomic textbooks and find that diagram. Take your pencil. Now draw in the environment. Draw in the unpaid care economy. Draw in social inequality.”In her opinion this is one of the ways to save next generations of economics students, “from having the wrong model of the world stuck in the back of their heads.”