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Don’t look back

In Europe, Uncategorized on 21. December 2017 at 19:37

PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON on a tour to former French colonies gave a message of belonging to a generation that does not tell Africans what to do – followed by focus on youth and a domestic drive towards development and progress.

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Simultaneously he also delivered a message of not dwelling on the past – the injustices done by the colonial French empire. That the past should not hinder progress and that many a problems are civilizational.

These lectures you will hear in hyped-up conference halls for business leaders – not on the international stage where a former colonial power tells its counterpart, a previous colony, to end its whining and start becoming successful.

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On the missing custodian and a courted court jester

In Middle East on 29. November 2017 at 20:52

AN ILLUTION CAN deceive masses, what are journalists to think they can escape its spell? Except they should – and would have, had they been true to their credentials. What Thomas L. Friedman wrote in The New York Times a week ago regarding his high hopes of a Saudi reform not only promotes propaganda, but also justifies authoritarianism in its fight against liberty.

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This pattern covers many a layers of developments in Middle East. Each time people demand rights, representation and progress, the authoritarians strike back – and each time, there tends to be willing ears in countries with the said rights and representation.

Den sanne tro

In Religion and philosophy on 31. October 2017 at 17:14

KEISER AKBAR I ble i sin tid introdusert for en konflikt mellom ismaili muslimene i India. Disputten gikk ut på om hvem som skulle anses som den gudommelige utvalgte Dai al-Mutlaq (Imamens stedfortreder) etter at forgjengeren døde.

Tradisjonelt skulle disse spørsmålene og disputtene ikke eksistere i det hele tatt – den gudommelige veiledning (nass) og troendes lojalitet skulle sikre en leder til enhver tid. Men her skulle altså en politisk hersker, som i tillegg ikke tilhørte samme tro, bestemme utfallet.

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Nå nylig har den samme grupperingen igjen havnet i en lederstrid. Saken behandles nå i Høyesterett i Mumbai, samt i land som Storbritannia hvor finansene til bevegelsen er bevart i stiftelser.

Dette er en av de problematiske aspektene når stat og religion skal balansere seg imellom, være seg i en majoritetssituasjon eller av en minoritet. Hvem har fullmakt til å definere hva som er det sanne – og hvor langt kan kampen for den subjektive sannhet gå uten at staten blander seg inn?