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18.4.03

Golem - L'indispensabile - Saper guardare l'Altro
Continuità dei mondi e delle culture
di KHALED FOUAD ALLAM
Ho affermato più volte, anche nel mio saggio su L'islam globale, che non ha più significato parlare di islam da una parte e di occidente dall'altra perché i due mondi sono strettamente interconnessi, e si sono contaminati a vicenda attraverso i secoli. E invece l'occidente sembra voler negare questo stretto legame; d'altra parte molti musulmani, che pure consumano i prodotti occidentali, rifiutano il contesto da cui quei prodotti provengono. La relazione è dunque molto complessa, e i recenti eventi di guerra in Iraq ne aggravano la difficoltà.

17.4.03

Cuba: Heavy Sentences Are "Totally Unjustified" (Human Rights Watch Press release, New York, April 7, 2003)
Cuba: Heavy Sentences Are "Totally Unjustified"
Rights Group Calls on U.N. to Condemn Crackdown
(New York, April 7, 2003) The heavy sentences imposed against non-violent Cuban dissidents are unjustified and draconian, Human Rights Watch said today. Defendants received sentences ranging from twelve to twenty-five years of imprisonment

15.4.03

TAP: Vol 14, Iss. 4. Free Market Furies. Sasha Polakow-Suransky.
Amy Chua's new book is not likely to receive a warm reception at the Department of State, the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund. For more than a decade, the received wisdom in those precincts has held that free markets and rapid democratization represent the one and only legitimate path to economic development. Turning the Washington Consensus on its head, Chua contends that the simultaneous introduction of unfettered free markets and rudimentary democracy can lead to disaster in countries where small "market-dominant minorities" control a disproportionate share of the nation's wealth and arouse the vengeance of resentful majorities.

Wilson Quarterly @ the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
There is a connection among these episodes apart from their violence. It lies in the relationship—increasingly, the explosive collision—among the three most powerful forces operating in the world today: markets, democracy, and ethnic hatred. There exists today a phenomenon—pervasive outside the West yet rarely acknowledged, indeed often viewed as taboo—that turns free-market democracy into an engine of ethnic conflagration. I’m speaking of the phenomenon of market-dominant minorities: ethnic minorities who, for widely varying reasons, tend under market conditions to dominate economically, often to a startling extent, the “indigenous” majorities around them.

Uri Avnery: This is Only the Beginning
A depressing thought: the Iraq war proves that in the year 2003 AD, the world has not essentially changed since 2003 BC. A military power can attack a weak nation, conquer its territory and plunder its resources. There is no world law, no world moral order. Might is right.