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Monday Morning Linkage

July 8, 2013

zombieduckGood morning ducks… Here’s your linkage…

  • The Jerusalem Post reviews World War Z.  Is this the most pro-Israeli film ever made?  … Probably not – even the trailer shows the wall being breached.  A Majinot mentality can’t work in a film whose motto is: “movement is life.”
  • The terrorist attack on Sunday in Bodh Gaya is a big deal, even if the Western press is slow on the uptake.  This isn’t just the holiest Buddhist site in India; it is the holiest Buddhist site in the world without a doubt.  (I’ve been there twice in the last twelve months and the security was pretty lax even though Indian authorities had months of warning that this attack was coming.)  At the moment it is still unclear whether this is the work of Naxalites (Maoists) or the Indian Mujahideen/Al Qaeda.  It is more likely the former than the latter given the Naxalite presence in the region, but if it is the latter it would mark a serious spillover of the Rohingya conflict from Myanmar.
  • Devesh Kapur argues that India’s paternalistic Food Security Bill fails to address the fact that the main challenge facing India is not hunger but malnutrition — even according to the Indian government’s own data!
  • Christopher Phelps reviews Philip Mirowski‘s Never Let a Serious Crisis go to Waste, which argues, “… neoliberalism was not dislodged by the financial crisis because it lies within ourselves. We now inhabit, he argues, “entrepreneurial” selves. Compelled to position ourselves in the market and rebrand ourselves daily, we manifest neoliberalism’s innate logic.”
  • Madiha Tahir kicks some NSA recruiters’ asses.  (The Mad Hatter strikes again! Way to go, Madiha.)
  • Here is how to turn a bicycle wheel into a drone. (3D printer sold separately.)
  • Finally, the State Department spent $630,000 to get more “likes” on Facebook. (Really? Idiots.)

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Vikash is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. His main areas of academic interest are (post-) globalization, economic development, and economic freedom, with a regional focus on South Asia