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Archive for January, 2013

LSE Video: The Future of the Union: England

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Speaker: Lord Heseltine

Recorded on 14 November 2012

Part of the Future Of The Union series discussion on the future of each nation within the UK. Michael Heseltine is the former deputy prime minister and patron of the Tory Reform Group. He was an MP from 1966 to 2001.

LSE Lecture: Islam and the Politics of Resistance: the case of women in Iran

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Recorded on 16 January 2013 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

Prominent Muslim feminist and peer Haleh Afshar will speak on the situation facing Iranian women in their country today.

Haleh Afshar (BA York, PhD University of Cambridge) teaches Politics and Women’s Studies at the University of York and serves as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. In 2005 she was awarded an OBE for services to equal opportunities. She is also the Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparée at Strasbourg. She was born and raised in Iran where she worked as a journalist and a civil servant. She has served as the Chair for the British Association of Middle Eastern Studies and Chair of United Nation Association’s International Services.

Fresh Air: ‘Double V’: The Fight For Civil Rights In The U.S. Military

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

In his new book, The Double V: How Wars, Protest and Harry Truman Desegregated America’s Military, author Rawn James Jr. argues that if one wants to understand the story of race in the United States, one must understand the history of African-Americans in the country’s military. Since the country was founded, he tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies, the military “has continually been forced to confront what it means to segregate individuals according to race.”

Fresh Air interview with James

Russia finally joins WTO

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Russia has finally closed the book on its campaign to accede to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), becoming a full member after 18 years of talks – despite the ratification of the accession treaty in the final stages being accompanied by protests from some State Duma deputies and businessmen.

Now that it enjoys the status of a full member of the organisation, Russia is entitled to play its part in formulating the rules for global commerce.

Bidding farewell to its inconspicuous status as an observer, the country will now enjoy lower customs duties, from which Russian exporters of metals and chemicals will be the first to benefit.

Iran Faces Backlash Over “Morality Police” Spying on Coffee Shops

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Since last year, the Islamic regime’s Basij forces have been targeting cafes because students and intellectuals meet there to share ideas often deemed “Western.” The Basij are under the command of Iran’s supreme leader and are tasked with carrying out a range of police functions—including suppressing dissident activity and making sure “morals” are not being breached. Previously the Basij were among a group of officers that in 2012 raided a reported 87 restaurants and cafes for “not following Islamic values,” such as by allowing women to smoke pipes in public.

Now, the authorities are turning to a new tactic: surveillance. This became apparent last week, when one of Tehran’s most popular cafes, Café Prague, closed in protest after state officials had tried to force it to install a series of cameras inside its premises.

David Cameron promises in/out referendum on EU

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

David Cameron has said the British people must “have their say” on Europe as he pledged an in/out referendum if the Conservatives win the election.

The prime minister said he wanted to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU and then give people the “simple choice” between staying in under those new terms, or leaving the EU.

The Street Of Eternal Happiness

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Marketplace China Correspondent Rob Schmitz brings us stories from the people who make their livings on Changle Road, the Street of Eternal Happiness, in central Shanghai. Together, they will tell the story of China’s ongoing economic transformation.

I really like this episode on the so-called sandwich generation. The Simon and Garfunkel overlay is darn good radio production.

The Nixon episode is also compelling.

Lazar’s WWI Lecture

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Lecture Outline:

•Causes of WWI
•The War (in brief)
•Casualty Analysis
•Legacy of WWI
•Versailles & League of Nations

Lecture: Weimar Republic: The Constitution, Political Parties, and Early Threats to the Republic

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Lecture Outline:

I. Background to Weimar: Born in Crisis
II. Structural-Functional Analysis of Weimar Constitution
III. Weimar Political Parties
IV. The Crises of 1923
–Occupation of the Ruhr
–Munich (Beer Hall) Putsch
V. Discussion & Conclusions


Lazar Lecture – Versailles Reparations: Challenging Conventional Wisdom

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

My lecture on Versailles Reparations , steeped largely in the work of Detlev Peukert