Thursday, 29 January 2009

Yasmin Khan "The Great Partition"

I have been reading the Great book by Yasmin Khan and a passage struck me as a repeat of the lessons that took place in the 2004 referendum in Cyprus.
When discussing the elections prior that would lead to the indipendence of india in 1946, Khan stated that
"The vital importance of the elections as a means of deciding the nature of free india, the speed with which the contests were called and the lack of clarification over what freedom was going to deliver meant that a great many politicians fell back on expedient populism."
Anyone who lived through the referendum in Cyprus knows that replacing the world freedom with the word "peace" then this sentence perfectly describes the mess before the annan plan referendum in 2004.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

1943 Warsaw Ghetto, 2009 Gaza

An article published in the daily star -Bangladesh's largest english speaking newspaper. It is about the dangers of using force when the combatants and civilians mix.