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Feb 2018

still from the Saudi film Wadjda (2012)
February 22, 2018

[I]f it seems a particularly dark moment in the realm of explicit politics, the tacit politics of popular culture offer perhaps a more hopeful if contradictory blend. For media globalization has engendered a complex play of integration and differentiation, of dominance and resistance, and of nationalist authoritarianism and post-national solidarities. Popular media are therefore a central resources for imagining the diverse publics of today and tomorrow.

hands cupping crude oil
February 20, 2018

Extractive industries, e.g., copper, gold, oil, and natural gas, have grown rapidly in many developing countries. Historical data...

Taq Taq oil field in Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: Azad Lashkari/Reuters
February 15, 2018

Iraq holds 143 billion barrels and 8.7 percent of world oil reserves. 45 billion barrels are located in the Kurdistan region. In...

Raphael Limkin photo
February 13, 2018

In contrast to conventional understandings of genocide as systematic, planned, and ideologically-driven mass killing, Raphael...