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This Is Not a Revolution by Hussein Agha and Robert Malley

(Egyptian President - Mohammed Morsi)   This Is Not a Revolution New York Review of Books Hussein Agha and Robert Malley All lies and jest Still, a man hears what he wants to hear And disregards the rest —Paul Simon Darkness descends upon the Arab world. Waste, death, and destruction attend a fight for a better life. Outsiders compete for influence and settle accounts. The peaceful demonstrations with which this began, the lofty values that inspired them, become distant memories. Elections are festive occasions where political visions are an afterthought. The only consistent program is religious and is stirred by the past.…

Book Review: ‘Joseph Anton,’ by Salman Rushdie by Akash Kapur

-Rushdie is still banned in India, his book The Satanic Verse a victim of India's draconian censorship laws. Laws that can be exploited by the hurt feelings of fanatics in their struggle for control of institutional power - as witnessed here earlier this year in the attack upon the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust and author Peter Heehs, What follows here is an updated account of Salman Rushdie's case that he givens in his new memoir -        reviewed by Akash Kapur author of India Becoming and resident of Auroville.- ......................................................................... Book Review: 'Joseph Anton,' by Salman Rushdie By Akash…

‘From the Ruins of Empire’ by Pankaj Mishra: Interview and Review

Interview with Aljazeera In the prologue to his new book From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia, award-winning author and essayist Pankaj Mishra writes: "The West has seen Asia through the narrow perspective of its own strategic and economic interests, leaving unexamined - and unimagined - the collective experiences and subjectivities of Asian peoples... [This book] does not seek to replace a Euro-centric or West-centric perspective with an equally problematic Asia-centric one. Rather, it seeks to open up multiple perspectives on the past and the present, convinced that the assumptions of Western power - increasingly…

The Violent Visions of Slavoj Žižek by John Gray

The Violent Visions of Slavoj Žižek From: The NY Review of Books Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism by Slavoj Žižek Verso, 1,038 pp., $69.95 Living in the End Times by Slavoj Žižek Verso, 504 pp., $22.95 (paper) John Gray Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of contemporary capitalism better than the Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek. The financial and economic crisis has demonstrated the fragility of the free market system that its defenders believed had triumphed in the cold war; but there is no sign of anything resembling the socialist project that in the…

Increasing Censorsip in India by Murali Krishnan

From Deutsche Welle Writers, academics and artists in India are under attack from the political class and self-appointed vigilantes for criticizing the established order. Intellectuals feel intolerance is growing. It first began with a ban in March on certain newspapers in state-funded libraries, and then was followed up by the arrest of a professor for allegedly circulating a cartoon targeting West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Now, the latest diktat by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, who once again finds herself in the eye of the storm, is that none of her party members should have any contact with any…

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