Weltbeziehungen im Zeitalter der Beschleunigung

Weltbeziehungen im Zeitalter der Beschleunigung

Weltbeziehungen im Zeitalter der Beschleunigung: Umrisse einer neuen Gesellschaftskritik By Hartmut Rosa (University of Jena) Suhrkamp – March 12, 2012 Excerpt [PDF] English description: After Hartmut Rosa’s widely noted and successful ‘Beschleunigung. Die Veränderung der Zeitstrukturen in der Moderne’, his new work analyzes from various perspectives how the acceleration of social life affects modern subjects’ experience of, relationship with, and ...

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UN Special Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran

UN Special Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran

Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, has released 36-page report to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report has documented “striking pattern of violations of fundamental human rights” in the country and called for the government’s “meaningful cooperation” with the organisation’s human rights mechanisms and “a moratorium on the death penalty for all ...

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Why Tunisia and Egypt And Not Yet Iran?

Why Tunisia and Egypt And Not Yet Iran?

  This is a lecture given by Nader Hashemi (Denver) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, on Thursday, 1 March, 2012. In the aftermath of the stolen presidential election in 2009, pro-democracy protests rocked the Islamic Republic of Iran leading to the emergence of the Green Movement. This democratic movement prefigured the 2011 Arab democratic revolts by virtue of its ...

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Election Boycott and Democratization

Election Boycott and Democratization

Tomorrow’s parliamentary election in Iran is first national election since the rigged presidential poll of 2009, which led to months of street protests by millions of Iranians demanding democratic rights and regime’s bloody crackdown. Major reformist parties, Iran’s Green Movement Coordination Council, and other pro-democracy activists have called for a boycott of the election. Actually the only candidates allowed to ...

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Market Democracy

Market Democracy

Princeton University Press has released John Tomasi’s important book: Free Market Fairness Publication date: February 26, 2012 368 pages Introduction [PDF] The book proposes a new liberal theory of justice, which tries to combine Hayekian defense of economic liberty and property right with Rawlsian concern for distributive justice. John Tomasi is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. He writes ...

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Alfred Stepan on Building Democracy in Muslim-Majority Countries

Alfred Stepan on Building Democracy in Muslim-Majority Countries

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYBAhxd4PB8&w=530&h=330]   This is a Harvard University’s Ash Center Democracy Seminar, held on February 2, 2012. Alfred Stepan (Columbia) elaborates on his research building democracy in Muslim-majority countries, with special emphasis on Indonesia, Senegal, and Tunisia. He also discusses Muslims in Hindu-majority India.

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Iran: Dramatic Surge in Repression of Dissent

Iran: Dramatic Surge in Repression of Dissent

Amnesty International has released today a new, 71-page report on escalation of crackdown in Iran, entitled ‘We are ordered to crush you’: Expanding repression of dissent in Iran. Describing how Iran looks more and more like a totalitarian state, Ann Harrison, Interim Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme said today: “In Iran today you put ...

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Boltanski’s New Book: Énigmes et Complots

Boltanski’s New Book: Énigmes et Complots

The French sociologist Luc Boltanski has published a new book in Paris: Énigmes et complots; une enquête à propos d’enquêtes Gallimard – February 16, 2012 461 pages Résumé: Pourquoi, au tournant des XIXe et XXe siècles, observe-t-on tour à tour : le développement du roman policier, dont le coeur est l’enquête, et du roman d’espionnage, qui a pour sujet le ...

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Revolutionary Iran in Transition

The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) has published online Iran: a revolutionary republic in transition, edited by  Rouzbeh Parsi. “The volume presents an in-depth assessment of the farreaching changes that the Iranian state and Iranian society have undergone since the 1979 revolution, with a particular focus on the social and political turmoil of the past five years. As is ...

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New Book on Turkish Democracy

New Book on Turkish Democracy

Columbia University Press has released a new collection of essays on Turkish democracy: Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey Edited by Ahmet T. Kuru and Alfred Stepan Publication date: February 14, 2012 224 pages Excerpt from Introduction: This volume aims to provide comparative insights into this critical period in Turkish and European history. We also believe that our analyses will ...

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