IN A POPULAR BLOG entitled Africa Is A Country, Gregory Mann, Associate Professor at Columbia University, recently repeated a familiar narrative depicting the Tuareg rebellion in Mali in racial terms. It referred to
A DRIVE THROUGH the broad avenues of what is one of Africa’s more glamorous cities yields few pointers to the post-election crisis that tore apart the country’s just-healed political process last year.
A STANDOFF BETWEEN the Philippines and China at Scarborough Shoal has brought tensions in the South China Sea to their highest level since the 1994 Mischief Reef incident
GREEN GROWTH. A major attempt to resuscitate the concept of sustainable development, combining it with the fights against climate change and the global recession, is under way. Its roll-out will culminate in the
The spate of reforms implemented in recent months by the government of Burma has raised the prospects of the country returning from pariah status. The changes have been dramatic, and highlight broader concerns about
As a symbol of free expression under threat, Salman Rushdie has become a fetish for liberals, who not only consider it blasphemy to criticize this wealthy and influential author, but also require a ritual condemnation of
The recent controversy over Salman Rushdie’s non-appearance at the Jaipur Literary Festival has been widely understood in the stereotyped terms of a threat to the freedom of expression. The belligerence of those