Target China: Military wars

South China Sea, Indian Ocean and Pentagon’s ‘String of Pearls’ Strategy China today, because of its dynamic economic growth and its determination to pursue sovereign Chinese national interests, merely because China exists, is becoming the Pentagon new “enemy image,” now replacing the false “enemy image” of Islam used after September 2001 by the Bush-Cheney Administration to justify the Pentagon’s global power pursuit. The new US … Continue reading Target China: Military wars

Emotion and the Person in Nationalist Studies

The following essay was written by the author in 1993 for a conference in Japan and one which has appeared in Japanese in The Shinso, Jan. 1993, special edition on Nationalism Today ed. by T. Aoki, pp. 127-50; but has not seen print in English. Note that the path towards this essay was prompted by the literary piece which I  drafted in 1991: “The agony and … Continue reading Emotion and the Person in Nationalist Studies

South Asian Perceptions of Rising China’s Role

The following paper originally published by the South Asia Policy and Research Institute [SAPRI], a project of the Foundation for Democracy and Justice – FDJ which is a UK, registered charity. by S.D. Muni The Legacy: ( February 15, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) China is South Asian sub-continent’s new neighbor. Until the military annexation of Tibet in 1951, the countries of the sub-continent i.e. … Continue reading South Asian Perceptions of Rising China’s Role

How to Resist Trump!

by Henry A. Giroux “Ignorance is Strength.” — George Orwell ( February 8, 2017, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) In a strange but revealing way, popular culture and politics intersected soon after Trump first assumed the presidency of the United States. On the side of popular culture, George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984, surged as the number one best seller on Amazon both in the United States and … Continue reading How to Resist Trump!

The First Settlers and Their Claim to Ownership of Terrain/State — A Comparative Excursion

Michael Roberts, introducing an article entitled “Firstness, History, Place & Legitimate Claimto Place as homeland in Comparative Focus”originally presented in Abdul Rahman Embong, Rethinking Ethnicity and Nation Building: Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Fiji in Comparative Perspective, Panbrit UKM, Bangi, Malaysia, (c. 2003 ) which was then reprinted as abooklet by ICES, Colombo in 2005 –see ISBN 955-580-099-5 by Michael Roberts THE STORY OF SRI LANKA … Continue reading The First Settlers and Their Claim to Ownership of Terrain/State — A Comparative Excursion

India: Demonetisation and the Cash Shortage

Cash shortage, though unusual, is not unknown across countries.  First, countries in the midst of hyperinflation, for example, Austria in 1922 and Germany in 1923, have suffered such shortages.  With galloping prices, there is demand for more and more cash and supply can fall short of demand. Printing extra zeros on currency notes though is not such an insurmountable problem, and the cash shortage could … Continue reading India: Demonetisation and the Cash Shortage

To Be or Not To Be (Connected)

The right to be (dis)connected by Dr. Jasna Čošabić ( January 13, 2017, Vienna, Sri Lanka Guardian) From the proclaimed right to be connected to the evolving right to be disconnected, only few years have passed. However in internet sphere, prompted by the fast developing world of technologies, law has to catch up as well. As from 1 January 2017, France has made effective the … Continue reading To Be or Not To Be (Connected)

The Age of Great Expectations and the Great Void

 History After “the End of History” by Andrew Bacevich ( January 10, 2017, Boston, Sri Lanka Guardian) The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election. What are we to make of the interval between those two watershed moments? Answering that question is essential to understanding … Continue reading The Age of Great Expectations and the Great Void

Battling the Tiger: Combating corruption in the Sino-world

  China’s path of corruption is actually quite similar to the process in Hong Kong, rapid growth in population and economic transition. By viewing Hong Kong as a good example of mainland China, we can find basically one main loophole which is the ambiguity of power between the party and judiciary from both legal and institutional prospective. by Lingbo Zhao  Introduction ( January 5, 2017, … Continue reading Battling the Tiger: Combating corruption in the Sino-world

Asian Centaury is Yet to Come

Why is Europe able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalize (on) its successes by Anis H. Bajrektarevic ( December 27, 2016, Vienna, Sri Lanka Guardian) How to draw the line between the recent and still unsettled EU/EURO crisis and Asia’s success story? Well, it might be easier than it seems: Neither Europe nor Asia has any alternative. The difference is … Continue reading Asian Centaury is Yet to Come