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Archive for April, 2011

Heart of the Rev

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

“heART of the revolution” is an online exhibit displaying art from around the world in support of the recent uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. Website presented by elev8. elev8 aims to educate and empower through the arts.

4 Part Series: Sudan Cracks Up

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

If you want a vivid image of the under-reported facets of Sudanese culture in the wake of South Sudan’s secession, check out this four-part Slate series.

The Moral Crusade Against Foodies

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Gluttony, Vanity or Art? In which way you have it, provocative.


Dynamic Map of Middle East

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

5000 years in 90 seconds. What might we infer from this display?

Dirk Vandewalle on Gadhafi’s World

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Dirk Vandewalle, an associate professor of government at Dartmouth College, gives an inside look at Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his 42-year rule. Vandewalle has studied and written about Libya since the 1980s. In 1986 he lived in Libya for 14 months, the only Western scholar there at the time.

Note: sorry about the 10 minute discussion of Gadaffi’s wardrobe. But it is kind of interesting insofar as his attire is symbolic of his self perception and eccentricity.

Guided questions are here.

Third of Russians think sun spins round Earth?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Does the sun revolve around the Earth? One in every three Russians thinks so, a spokeswoman for state pollster VsTIOM said on Friday.

In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the center of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made; and 29 percent that the first humans lived when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

“It’s really quite amazing,” spokeswoman Olga Kamenchuk said of the survey that polled 1,600 people across Russia’s regions in January, with a 3.4-percent margin of error.

However, people tend to forget what they have been taught at school if it is not part of daily use, she added: “I wonder whether our colleagues in other countries would find any different.”

Now do you believe in the “transition to democracy”?

BBC & CNN on Iran

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011


A note on checks and balances in Iran (Aug 2009)

Insight: Checks and balances for Iranian re-elected president – CCTV 080909

Zakaria & Guests discuss how Iran will weather the Arab Uprisings of 2011


Zakaria & Soros discuss Iran 2011


Vicente Fox: More a Caricature of an Effective Presidency than the Real Thing

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Methinks COHA underplays Mexican history when they conclude that, “Fox will go down in Mexican history as little more than a “lame duck” throughout his entire presidency, who failed to accomplish anything approaching a string of concrete improvements for his country, even though he held on as the symbol of Mexico’s turn to democracy.” But you should really explore the COHA argument and judge for yourself.

The Arab uprisings v. European revolutions

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Here is a comparative analysis of 1848 Revolutions and 2011 Arab Revolts from Anne Applebaum at Slate.

And then the New York Review of Books offers a similar comparison

Andrew Sullivan could hardly resist blogging about this tempting comparison.

Mexican Revolution Discussion

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Perhaps because it was it was not as “revolutionary” as the revolutions in Russia, China or Iran, The Mexican Revolution gets short shrift in APCG. If you are curious to learn more, here is an engaging scholarly discussion from BBC4’s Melvyn Bragg.