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Some links on Kyrgyzstan I’ve been reading:
- Kyrgyzstan: Hundreds Dead
- The Killings in Osh, Kyrgyzstan are Stalin’s Legacy
- Terrible News From Osh
- Why Didn’t We See It Coming?
- Info Wrangling on Kyrgyzstan Continues
- Why Kyrgyzstan’s pogroms are my fault (and yours, Britain’s and America’s)
- Kyrgyzstan – even Russia and China don’t seem to care
- Kyrgyzstan: the absence of mercy
- Why are Kyrgyzstan’s slum dwellers so angry?
- Breaking point: why the Kyrgyz lost their patience
- Kyrgyzstan’s angel of death
- Why isn’t anyone taking Kyrgyzstan’s calls?
It is often assumed that Sufism stands opposed to Wahhabism. Wrong. Sufism and Wahhabism, in fact, share a fatal characteristic – they are religions of the status quo. In Pakistan, Sufism legitimises barbarities of inequality and starvation – ‘do nothing, it’s god’s will’ – while at the same time justifying structures of oppressive power, Pirism and landlordism, rather like Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia. Contemporary Sufism, rather than being a solution to Pakistan’s problems, is the cause.
The change in banking policy that now allows women to open accounts comes after an advocacy campaign led by the Institute of Progressive Women and other groups.
Perhaps following the advice of Rowan Williams, HSBC’s chairman says banks should apologise to everyone in the world:
Williams is right when he was reported to have warned that the “gap between rich and poor would lead to an increasingly “dysfunctional” society”, but I think he needs to go a step beyond simply capping this or that bonus and consider the structures and relationships which generate such a gap (I am sure Williams, a highly intelligent man, if not very media aware, is smart enough to realise this).
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Too bad Hamza Alavi isn’t around anymore.