One Hundred Million Porcelain Seeds: Review of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

August 11, 2012 by

A few years back I became acquainted with some Chinese grad students working at Teachers College Library’s conservation lab. They were charming, very quick learners, whose fingers were exquisitely adept, and they quickly became amazingly skilled at cleaning and repairing old books. One day the topic of the Cultural Revolution came up—in fact, I think we had found archival photos of the Chinese intellectuals working in rice fields outside of Beijing.

Djibouti’s Role in the Horn of Africa

August 11, 2012 by

Djibouti’s Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning, Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, spoke at Chatham House in London on 11 July 2012. His remarks were surprisingly frank. He noted that stability in Djibouti “has been achieved mainly thanks to the international community whose presence, especially that of the French army, was a stabilizing factor.” He added that Djibouti’s stability depends on stability in Somalia.

Sectarian Violence in Balochistan

August 11, 2012 by

In the last four years, more than 65 attacks have occurred on the Hazara people in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, and in the first six months of 2012, more than 22 alone. The attacks have led to countless killings and have left thousands wounded. 2003 marked the first time that there were attacks against the Hazaras in Balochistan and this coincided with the insurgency movement in Balochistan. Many attribute these killings as part of the sectarian divide that has existed in Pakistan since the 1980s as a result of the widening Shia-Sunni fault line.

India–Bangladesh Land Transit: An Environmental Perspective

August 11, 2012 by

India has long sought road transit facilities through Bangladesh for the transport of goods from West Bengal to other Northeastern states. Due to unresolved bilateral issues and internal political objection, Bangladesh has consistently avoided the subject over the past few years. With changes to the governments in both countries the transit issue has recently gained new momentum.