Contested Cultures

Political Reform and Ethnic Peace in Burma/Myanmar

April 2015

For many citizens a countdown begins to a crucial general election later this year, with warnings of a halt in reform momentum and a more troubling reality behind many of the socio-political changes in the country.

 

The Jim Crow Holy Land

March 2015

Our own progress against racism in the United States remains too recent, too fragile, and too incomplete to go on abetting apartheid in Israel.

The Challenge of Democratic and Inclusive Land Policymaking in Myanmar

Alberto Alonso Fradejas, Hannah Twomey
February 2015

Myanmar's National Land Use Policy promises to make profound changes to the current economic, social, and political-institutional landscape. This is an important and bold step, but its impact will depend on how it addresses the often “messy” details of actual land based social relations.

No Compromise on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to FPIC in the CFS!

October 2014

Ensuring that investment in agriculture is done responsibly is vital for indigenous peoples, whose identities and cultural survival are inextricably linked to their lands and natural resources. Respecting this link is a fundamental principle in international law and jurisprudence, the recognition of which indigenous peoples have fought for and won and which reaffirms their right to determine the outcome of decision-making that affects them, rather than merely being involved in the process.

Race and territorial politics in land policy reform in Burma

June 2014

The transition to industrial food regimes involves a shift from the use of guns and fear to dispossess smallholders of their land and farming livelihoods to that of the logic of law and markets, backed by police force.

Pope Francis in Palestine

Foreign Policy In Focus
June 2014

There were plenty of important statements from Pope Francis during his recent three-day trip to Palestine and Israel—including a plea for “justice,” a traditional call for peace and a reference to the “State of Palestine”—but at the end of the day it was all about the photo-ops.

Fusing Hindu nationalism with corporate power

May 2014

TNI fellow Praful Bidwai warns that a BJP-led regime in India is likely to fuel communalism, discontinue  pro-poor social programmes, and follow a brazenly pro-corporate policy which further widens social, economic and regional inequalities.

Ethnicity without Meaning, Data without Context

February 2014

The 2014 Population and Housing Census is the most significant ethnic and political boundary-making exercise since 1931, however its colonial-era designations and simplifications are likely to raise ethnic tensions at a critical time in the peace process.

Sharon is dead, but Sharonism lives on

January 2014

The Butcher of Beirut, as he was long known, is no more. After eight years in a coma, during which the militaristic hard-right leader was re-branded a peacenik, Israeli General Ariel Sharon was finally pronounced dead.

Something rotten in the ANC state

November 2012

The palaces of President Zuma and the massacre of miners at Marikana symbolise how the gulf between rich and poor has grown in the 18 years since the African National Congress came to power in South Africa. Hilary Wainwright reports on how formerly loyal ANC activists are turning against their government

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