Apparently Nikki Haley checked her race as “white” in some form in 2001. The horror! First, Nikki Haley kind of looks on the white side. Second, though I check “Asian” I do so because of its cultural valence, and that valence is socially constructed. The “Asian American” category as encompassing South Asians is an artifact of the 1970s, and even today there is some discussion about the role of South Asians in the broader Asian American movement, where being East Asian, in particular Chinese, Japanese and Korean, is normative.
A friend sent me this little something by Rumi.
What SlutWalk Looks Like in New Delhi. I don’t want to minimize the problem of sexual assault in a general sense anywhere, but considering the specific issue of how rape in addressed and confronted in much of South Asia this seems to be a worthwhile campaign. More broadly there needs to be the emphasis that women (and men) are not simply components of a family or cultural unit, but individuals. Societies which reject the market liberal project, such as Bhutan or North Korea, or those which have the luxury of sidestepping genuine modernity due to resource wealth, such as Saudi Arabia, can coherently challenge and rebut the individualism inherent in modern economy geared toward personal consumption. Nations which are tending toward globalization, such as Turkey and India, can not avoid confronting the contradictions of their static “traditional” units of social organization with the flexibility necessitated by the fluid operation of the free market. The nature of the compromise may differ from nation to nation (e.g., Japan is not Sweden is not the United States). But the discussion needs to start at some point everywhere that globalism is the hegemonic meta-ideology.
I just returned from this exhibition, which was particularly illustrative of the effects of the drone attacks in the Waziristan region. I only managed to see 2 out of the 3 videos; one of the videos in Waziristan brought home the reality of “collateral damage” (pictures of dead women and children, one of the kids had their brains blown out, it was very graphic; another had two children lying dead uncollected in their home covered in rubble). Continue reading
- Militants believe triangular snack ‘resembles Christian Holy Trinity’
Somalia’s al-Shabaab group has banned samosas after ruling the popular snacks are ‘offensive’ and too Christian.
Militant Islamist fighters last week used vehicles mounted with loudspeakers to announce the bizarre ruling across the regions of the war-torn country it controls.
The extremist group has offered no official explanation for the ban on the triangular snacks, which are commonly cooked up and served across the Horn of Africa.
The reported ban on samosas is the latest in a string of bizarre rulings from the organisation, which has been likened to the Afghan Taliban.
Earlier this year the group introduced a blanket ban on the playing or watching of football.
It has also previously ordered men to grow beards and warned it will take action against anyone caught wearing tight-fitting clothes.
This one is for our resident Ummah fan….I assure you, most Pakistani army officers are reading this as if it was good history and superior analysis, not as the hilarious spoof it seems to the rest of us….
I take Omar’s point that she may be nothing more than a figurehead but she has already reaped rewards; just as President Obama had a goodwill effect (let’s pray he can avert default). Frankly the photo looks to me like a wedding photo though I forget that white is not the desi wedding colour.
Power is naturally an aphrodisiac and can make ordinarily people attractive so can fame & some surgery. Sahar linked to just now and I found three alleged examples of “racial transformation” par excellence (not including the notorious eyelid surgery). Also as a quick side-note I know the author of the website (man or woman can’t tell) disses Dr Shalini Kapoor, I think she’s actually quite cute (one of the commenters aptly dubs her “Brown Barbie”). Anyway back to the 3 examples: Continue reading