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BookMarx for 2009-01-02

Friday, January 2, 2009
  • "The state built on the ruins of the Taliban regime often seems to exist for the enrichment of those who run it."
  • "Make sure you pick up your issue of tomorrow’s el-Badeel, where extensive coverage of the Gaza massacres is provided, as well as an exclusive report about the resignation of 2100 Egyptian police officers in the last two years, protesting torture tactics used and bad working conditions…"
  • "In Blue Helmets and Black Markets, Peter Andreas traces the interaction between these formal front-stage and informal backstage activities, arguing that this created and sustained a criminalized war economy and prolonged the conflict in a manner that served various interests on all sides. Although the vast majority of Sarajevans struggled for daily survival and lived in a state of terror, the siege was highly rewarding for some key local and international players. This situation also left a powerful legacy for postwar reconstruction: new elites emerged via war profiteering and an illicit economy flourished partly based on the smuggling networks built up during wartime."
  • "Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) was the founder of the Vietminh and President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. He played a key role in the formation of the French, Chinese, and Vietnamese Communist movements and fought successfully against Japanese, French, and American imperialism, becoming a hate-figure of the American state during the Vietnam War. Anti-globalization activist Walden Bello shows why Ho Chi Minh should still be read by anti-colonialists the world over."
  • "After the Holocaust, the victorious Allies pledged "never again" and enshrined their promise in the UN Convention on Genocide. Daniela Kroslak explores what the responsibility to prevent genocide entails by asking the following questions about what happened in Rwanda in 1994: To what extent can external actors, such as the French government, be held responsible for not preventing or suppressing genocide? Why did outsiders remain passive while Hutu extremists perpetrated genocide against their compatriots? How can the French government's responsibility be evaluated? What was France's role in the chilling events that took place in Rwanda? Focusing on three key themes—French awareness of the impending disaster, French involvement before the genocide, and French diplomatic efforts and military capacity to change the tide—Kroslak concludes that "never again" must be upheld by action and accountability."
  • An article from the most important and influential elitist and capitalist journal out there in the world, recommend everyone read it from time to time.

    "The financial and economic crash of 2008, the worst in over 75 years, is a major geopolitical setback for the United States and Europe. Over the medium term, Washington and European governments will have neither the resources nor the economic credibility to play the role in global affairs that they otherwise would have played. These weaknesses will eventually be repaired, but in the interim, they will accelerate trends that are shifting the world's center of gravity away from the United States."

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