Hi Ducks. Here are your Monday links:
- The Disorder of Things has a great post on “Cavity Searches in Intern(ation)al Relations” and … umm… other forms of intercourse between states.
- Hamza Saif at Chapati Mystery reviews “Globalism and Vernacular in Contemporary Pakistani Rap.” (Apparently the real Slim Shady is Pakistani. Who knew?)
- Juan Cole at Informed Comment explains “Why Tunisia’s Transition to Democracy is Succeeding while Egypt’s is Failing.”
- Max de Haldevang at the LA Review of Books discusses Kyrgyzstan and the Uzbeks. De Haldevang writes, “Since 2010, Kyrgyzstan has celebrated Central Asia’s first electoral transfer of power, the creation of a progressive constitution, and the installation of a government that misses no opportunity to underline how they are residing over the region’s first parliamentary democracy. A reasonably boisterous civil society has developed, the media is relatively free — although word is that journalists’ support is easily bought — and, uniquely for the region, the leader is not an autocrat.” But it’s not all good news in Bishkek…
- And finally… Great news for the 1,500 Wiccans in the American armed forces! The US military is loosening up its rules for religious wear! (Umm… what do Wiccans actually wear?)