What if the movement for climate change joined forceswith the movement for a nuclear-free planet?Image via Flickr/public domain license. BY SHAMPA BISWASPaul Garrett Professor of Political Science at Whitman College A recent opinion piece in the New York Times made an interesting observation by juxtaposing two prominent social movements of our times. The piece pointed … More A sustainable planet is a nuclear-free planet.
A beach in Cape Town, South Africa. In a recent report, South Africa received a lowest-possible rating for its lack of progress in addressing xenophobia. Image from Creative Commons. BY TONY ROSHAN SAMARAAssociate professor of sociology and anthropology at George Mason University Recent news out of South Africa that the rainbow nation received the lowest … More Almost two decades after the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa, the country still has a long way to go.
In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. In March 2011, Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus was ousted as head of the microfinance lender by the Bangladesh government, which owns 25% of the company. The government claims Yunus, 70, is far past its country’s mandatory retirement … More Lamia Karim: The fall of Muhammad Yunus and its consequences for the women of Grameen Bank.
Bangladeshi women count money for repayment to a microcredit bank. Author Lamia Karim’s new book asks why we know so little about microfinance’s consequences. Image source. In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. Lamia Karim, associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon, … More Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh