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What any process of beautification does is that it makes the city available for use for only one kind of people. It segregates the space and in Mumbai, where land is a contentious issue, any time one section of the population begins accessing, using or enjoying a particular space, it infringes on the rights of another section that was using it earlier.

A flyover captures well the Indian idea of success. It elevates you above others and hides poverty and suffering, everything thought undesirable.
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It has been 67 years since the partition of India, and yet its legacy continues to haunt the spaces and narratives of many Indian cities. These cities emerged through the ashes of violent urban conflicts on the eve of partition and through the different agendas of state officials, politicians, ordinary citizens and refugees. Can these histories help us understand contemporary urbanisation issues in India?


Romola Sanyal looks at how the history of migration and refugees in India can help us to better understand issues of contemporary urbanisation in South Asian cities. It has been 67 years since the …
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Absence is the crucial feature of our Palestinian-ness. No matter who we are and how we end up being called - West Bank, Gaza, 1948 Palestinians, refugees inside or outside, diaspora kids, third-generation Americans, we all carry absence like a yoke. We slouch. It defines the way we perceive our love lives, our families, our friendships, our cities, and our nation. Whatever the reason was that the museum opened with no exhibition, it seemed a fitting opening. There is nothing to see. It is a moment in time, a space where we can feel both proud and sad. It is a celebration and a dirge. It is our exile made manifest.

My grandmother, Julia Dabdoub, was obsessed with heritage. She was one of the first, I believe, in Palestine, to be so entranced by objects. She founded a museum in Bethlehem, Beituna al-Talhami,...
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CIVILIZING MISSION AGAIN

The German government is rushing to integrate hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, offering them language classes and the prospect of work. But in a country known for its matter-of-fact acceptance of public nudity and creative forms of lovemaking, it is also trying to teach the mostly-Muslim migrants about the joy of sex.


The German government has launched a new website to teach migrants the risks — and joys — of sex.
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A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF EPISTEMIC RACISM

The vast majority of philosophy departments in the United States offer courses only on philosophy derived from Europe and the English-speaking world. For example, of the 118 doctoral programs in philosophy in the United States and Canada, only 10 percent have a specialist in Chinese philosophy as part of their regular faculty. Most philosophy departments also offer no courses on Africana, Indian, Islamic, Jewish, Latin American, Native American or other non-European traditions. Indeed, of the top 50 philosophy doctoral programs in the English-speaking world, only 15 percent have any regular faculty members who teach any non-Western philosophy.


It would be better to teach Confucius alongside with Kant, but until then, we should face facts.
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s first democratically elected government since 1962, embraced that view last week when she advised the United States ambassador against using the term “Rohingya” to describe the persecuted Muslim population that has lived in Myanmar for generations.

Her government, like the previous military-led one, will not call the Rohingya people by that name because it does not recognize them as citizens, said her spokesman, U Kyaw Zay Ya, a Foreign Ministry official.


The leader of Myanmar’s first democratically elected government in decades advised the American ambassador against using the term to describe a persecuted group of Muslims.
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Daw Aung San Su Kyi is always right.I agree with her Rohingya nationality is never heard in Myanmar History.Everybody know they come from Bangladesh and try to push into Myanmar as a new nationality.So Myanmar people cannot accept these Bengali.
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The conditions of possibility for queer life and queer cities are never singular. Instead, these conditions of possibility are radically different for gender conforming and gender nonconforming people, and for cis men and women. They are also different for racialized displaced persons and refugees, and for racialized migrant labor forces. Moreover, as cities are historically specific and situated sites that are irreducible to each other.


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In linguistics, “vitality” usually refers to the long-tem viability of individual languages, but it readily applies to the life of languages in cities too. Is any given city a place where people who speak many languages can live in all their languages? Is speaking, reading, or at least recognizing many languages central to being in that city? Or is it a place that tends toward monolingual conformity?


Cities that mix different languages are born from the movements of people—but they’re also made, a new book finds.
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LONGING FOR THE EMPIRE

The argument runs like this: while the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Belgians and Germans exploited and abused, the British empire brought ideas of protection for lesser races and fostered their incremental development. With British tutelage colonised peoples could become, eventually, as competent, as knowledgeable, as “civilised” as Britain itself. These platitudes have been repeated time and again – they are still at the heart of most popular representations of the British Empire.


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MODERNITY AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EPISTEMIC GENOCIDE...


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How do art and film respond to atrocity?
Can they disarm the shield of indifference to galvanize empathy, solidarity and action?
Does representation still have the ability to mediate or provoke in our contemporary global culture of visual saturation?
Can art and film clear visibility through the fog of war?

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Indian cities are on slow but sure paths towards religious- and caste-based crises. To ensure just and harmonious social growth, it is vital to reverse the current trends.


Indian cities are on slow but sure paths towards religious- and caste-based crises. To ensure just and harmonious social growth, it is vital to reverse current trends.
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