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The Complex Politics of the Anti-Islam Video and its Consequent Protests

September 25th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


The wave of global protests about the anti-Islam trailer ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ reflects the tensions, contradictions and polarizations of the world within which we live. Having watched this badly produced ‘clip’, it dawned on me that it does not warrant the terms ‘movie’, ‘trailer’, or ‘video’ as it simply does not amount to anything artistic or creative and should have been left to obscurity.

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Re-empowering a Declining Movement?

September 25th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

Arabinda Acharya

The killings of Chris Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, and his colleagues in Benghazi and the outpouring of violent protests against the U.S. in many parts of the world, in particular the Middle East, cannot just be explained in terms of the “legacy of tyranny” or the outcome of Arab world’s transition to democracy, a process which many political theorists believe, tend to be very turbulent.

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Interview with Ali Gomaa, Grand Mufti of Egypt

September 20th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


The current crisis has been precipitated by numerous factors; there is no one single cause to which we can point. Rather, this is a complex matter involving the fundamental inability of each side to understand the paradigm of the other.

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The Tyranny of Small Numbers

September 19th, 2012, Comment & Analysis


In the last few days we have seen violent demonstrations in the world from Nigeria to Cairo to Indonesia to even Australia. Some are thinking this is representative of the 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. It is not.

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