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Chomsky: Education for whom and for what


“educate them to keep them from our throats…” Advertisements

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The Hindu : Opinion / Op-Ed : It’ll take more than markets to build a green future


Here’s an interesting set of statistics. The term “private sector” appears over 50 times in the report; add to this the words “businesses” and “corporations,” and it crosses 70. The term “local communities” appears only seven times; perhaps extended to about 20 where the word “communities” is used to mean the same. The term “indigenous […]

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Slavoj Žižek · Save us from the saviours: Europe and the Greeks · LRB 7 June 2012


Slavoj Zizek on Greece and Europe…. Greece is not an exception. It is one of the main testing grounds for a new socio-economic model of potentially unlimited application: a depoliticised technocracy in which bankers and other experts are allowed to demolish democracy. By saving Greece from its so-called saviours, we also save Europe itself. via […]

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Clicktivism is ruining leftist activism | Micah White | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk


Had never heard of Clicktivism until a few hour ago today.  The term hasn’t yet made it to wikipedia but returns lots of hits on a google search(> 827K).  There is also slacktivism–described as the feel good sort of ‘tivism’, which is an end in itself, rather than a mean toward another end. A battle […]

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Politics of the Face | Pakistan Today | Latest news | Breaking news | Pakistan News | World news | Business | Sport and Multimedia


Another fine piece on the ‘Saving Face’–Politics of the Face–written by Haris bin Munawar was sent to me by a friend today.  Am pasting the last paragraph from it at the end of this note.  The passage reminds me of something I read couple years back. It was some statement about this unbridgeable gap between […]

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Speaking of the British – FT.com


on speaking [English] well… It would be true to say that its not just British [and also Americans with the notable exception of George W. Bush Jr.] but some other cultures also use eloquence as an entry ticket to the establishment.  So it is with Arabs, Iranians, Europeans.  All of them privilege eloquence .  And […]

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کیا پاکستان میں یکساں نظام تعلیم ممکن ھے؟


 ووٹ دیجیے اوریہ ضرور بتایے کہ آپ نے ھاں یا نھیں کیوں کہا ـ آپ کے وقت اور خیالات کا شکریہ

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Kallar Kahar inquiry: What it includes and what it leaves out?


By Irfan Muzaffar and Muddassir Hashmi After the tragic bus accident on 27th September, the DCO Faisalabad immediately announced an inquiry into the tragedy. “The culprits will be punished within a week,” he announced. He was prophetic. The two teams constituted by the Punjab government apparently achieved their aim with lightning efficiency. However, they have […]

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Vito Perrone Sr., Who Fought Standardized Tests, Dies at 78 – NYTimes.com


  Vito Perrone Sr., a leading advocate for humanistic, regimentation-free public education and a mentor to several generations of liberal reformers who fought the tide of standardized testing, died on Aug. 24 in Cambridge, Mass. He was 78. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son Sean. Among progressive reformers, Dr. Perrone’s commitment to […]

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Why They Get Pakistan Wrong by Mohsin Hamid | The New York Review of Books


Mohsin is the author of Reluctant Fundamentalist.  The review of which the excerpt is given below, is written for New York Review of Books.  I thought Mohsin had summed up the Pakistani condition really well in this passage: Pakistan’s is a diverse society, so diverse, in fact, that observers who deal best in generalizations are […]

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