Hamzah Saif is back with yet another healthy dose of recommended readings from Tanqeed:
Micheal McQuarrie alerts us to what happens when political participation is funded by Wal-Mart, the pharmaceutical industry and the World Bank. “We are interested in participatory contexts and trajectories. We ask: who is interested in participation? Who funds it? What do they get out of it?”
And for those with access to YouTube (and those in Pakistan with proxies), Ananya Roy takes on microfinance for its transformation of “third world women” into an asset class for first world investment.
Read Tanqeed’s Editor-in-Chief Madiha Tahir’s excellent piece on technophilia and the fetishization of law in the drone debate!
Rubina Saigol brilliantly summarizes the cession of progressive and liberal political spaces in Pakistan. “[L]iberalism is the political face of conservative politics. Liberal states conceal and mask the inequalities and hierarchies of a class society which is why those at the bottom of the hierarchy fail to support liberalism… [L]iberals have failed to challenge neo-liberal policies that play havoc with the lives of workers, women and peasants. The singular focus on challenging dominant national narratives, led to the failure to question the dominant global ideologies that seek to re-colonise the globe economically.”
Costas Douzinas takes a look at the theoretical contradictions at the heart of human rights discourse, and argues that “in their paradoxical linkage of symbolic openness and ethical determinacy, human rights can become the post modern formulation of the principle of justice.” In another wonderful piece, he examines the concomitant identity formation prompted by human rights discourse, and the inadequacy of a regime of law “to meet the demands for the full recognition of the postmodern self with its polymorphous desires and complex desires for recognition as a unique individual.”
And after a decade of post September 11th torture, and repeated assertions of it being incompatible with liberal values, Ali Riza Taşkale places torture firmly in the technology of the liberal state. “Liberalism consists of various interrelated social regimes, which, although said to be committed to ‘peace-making’, is nevertheless also committed to violence, permanent state of emergency, and constant preparedness for perpetual war. Seen in this light, war, violence and society are mutually constitutive and the liberal way of war is ‘a war-making machine whose continuous processes of war preparation prior to the conduct of any hostilities profoundly, and pervasively, shape the liberal way of life’. The main object of the liberal way of war is life itself because it is what threatens life itself. Thus ‘everything is permitted’ to the liberal way of war.”
Rustin Zarkar’s wonderful article takes a look public murals and beatification in Mashad to highlight the complexities of the Iranian government ignored in Western coverage. “Municipal politics around beautification programs reveal the complexity of governance in Iran and shatter illusions about the monolithic nature of the Iranian state. By exploring how local actors express often-contradictory opinions about the nature and future of Iranian cities, a fuller picture of modern life and politics in Iran emerges — one that highlights the diffuse nature of power and local decision-making in the Islamic Republic.”
- ن۔م۔راشدؔ کی مشہور نظم ”کون سی الجھن کو سلجھاتے ہیں ہم؟” نعمان شوق کی آواز ميں سنئيے
- اور اوون بینیٹ جونز کشمیر ميں بھارتی خفیہ ایجنسیوں کے درميان زندگی کی ايک جہلک پيش کرتے ہيں