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Whiteness and Its Dominion

The happenings in Charlottesville expose America’s “unshakable grounding in a virulent and diseased whiteness” and white America’s incapacity to confront the naked truth.

Whiteness and Its Dominion

The happenings in Charlottesville expose America’s “unshakable grounding in a virulent and diseased whiteness” and white America’s incapacity to confront the naked truth.

Implications of American Islamophobia

The remarks of the United States presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, on Muslims in America have caused outrage all over the world and have led many to say that Trump is going against what the country stands for. The present rash of Islamophobia is, however, only the latest example of a deep vein of racism and xenophobia that runs through mainstream American society.

Bernie Sanders and the Noose of American Elections

Bernie Sanders, who aims at being the Democratic Party's nominee for the President of the US, has earned an unexpected following with his staunch critique of the super-rich and his promise to reduce glaring class inequalities. But his foreign policy offers no fundamental departures from the received view. Moreover, his ascendancy signifies yet again the impossibility of a third space in American politics which has forever oscillated between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

Günter Grass and the Anti-Semitism Canard

It is Israel, rather than Günter Grass, that has come across poorly in the recent exchange following the publication of the Grass poem warning about the dangers of Israel's nuclear weapon power. Such responses have happened all too often in the past, and Israel will have to do more than hide behind those gigantic scarlet letters that spell "anti-Semitism" if it is to confront the reality of its own demons. It is a form of totalitarianism to insist that all criticism of Israel is itself a form of anti-Semitism. And it is not anti-Semitism but rather a visceral hatred and fear of Islam which is today by far the greater problem in the west.

Iran's Revolution and the Global Politics of Resistance

The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel (Brooklyn, New York: Melville House), 2010; pp 439, $18.95.

World History and Its Polit

World history as we have it now is the pertinent form of knowledge for our times, taking its place besides other dubious labels such as multiculturalism, globalisation, multilateralism, and the new world order. This paper points out that it is in various ways one of the 21st century's pre-eminent forms of colonising knowledge - and all the more insidious in that it appears to be as benign and ecumenical an enterprise as one can imagine. An integrated history of one world sounds appealing, but we need to have a conception of many worlds, not just one world from the viewpoint of western exceptionalism.

The Technician in the Establishment: Obama's America and the World

On November 4, Barack Obama will in all likelihood be elected the 44th president of the United States. As against the euphoria in the rest of the world about such a presidency, this article reads into his 2006 book (The Audacity of Hope) and his campaign speeches, a different kind of Obama. He emerges as a technician who is best equipped to fix broken policies and get America working once again. One can only hope that a US that is once again working does not mean a US that is more efficient in its exercise of military domination and even more successful in projecting its own vision of human affairs as the only road to the good life. To believe in Obama, one needs to hope against hope.

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