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Malala’s revolution

Created on Sunday, 07 December 2014 22:07 Published Date
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By Anna Cornelia Beyer*

I wonder why there has never been a revolution of women? Why have women, as a group of people who are habitually oppressed, never as a collective rebelled against their oppressors? This remains a mystery to me. It cannot all be explained by ideology and culture and norms, which restrict us. Because these same norms have been applied to other oppressed peoples, such as Afro-Americans and others. Maybe there is a certain kind of disability in women, something that makes us less apt to rebel. Or, the rebellion lies in the future. Or, the ties that bind us to the other half are just too strong. Or, we are not as oppressed to justify this kind of outrage. I am not sure which is the answer. I tend to believe in the less optimistic explanations, that there is something that ties us too strongly, something that just cannot be overcome. But I am aware of other explanations, such as Jim Sidanius explanation in Social Dominance, where he describes that women in their totality show less social dominance orientation than men. What he leaves out, though, is the question why that is. He seems to leave it to biology. And that for me is not a sufficient explanation. It is short-handed, similar to the traditional explanation that “Blacks are of minor intelligence” and so forth, which I don’t subscribe to either. I don’t subscribe to the explanation that women are less social dominance orientated by nature, or in other ways inferior. I see it as an outcome of nuture not nature, of culture and education and societal norms.

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The USA’s Stance on Syria

Created on Thursday, 12 July 2012 10:59 Published Date
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The atrocities committed by the Syrian regime against its citizens since the beginning of the Syrian revolts are unquestionable and the possibility of an intervention by the international community has been widely discussed. However, despite the fact that the Uprising and the way it has been dealt by the Syrian regime turns out to become one of the worst civil wars in the Middle East’s recent history,  no successful action has been taken so far. In this article I will examine the stance that the United States have held concerning the Syrian Uprising mostly focusing on recent developments. However, I will not focus on the US – Syrian Relations in general it but I will try to look at the rationale behind the USA’s stance during the Syrian Uprisings. Last but not least, neither will I seek to answer whether it is right or wrong for the international community to intervene in Syria nor will I present the pro and anti-intervention arguments.

 

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What comes after Democracy?

Created on Sunday, 18 March 2012 21:39 Published Date
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In the dawn of the 20th century, democracy was at its peak. Schmitter conducted a research on how many countries have unbiased elections.In 1988, these countries were 147, while in 1999 were 191. However, the past few years, we have experienced a decline in democratic promises. In his book, Colin Crouch, explains in detail, what post democracy is and how we got here.

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