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fascinating read, thanks marco.

whole buncha new thoughts springing from this...

is shia islam more modern than sunni, or was the reason saddam's iraq had better education and womens' rights than their muslim neighbours because iraq was de facto sunni-ruled?

the interview does help one want to root for chris cook's initiative to foster a 'new kind of capitalism', great point.

to be more 'rational' than the neocons is not stting the bar very high, however one can only hope the author is correct, and our leaders, standing in the rubble of their free market ideology, will have the good sense to take advantage of it, and not try to take advantage of them, as was their wont, for a change.

i have heard a huge proportion of women in muslim universities are studying very serious, usually male-dominated professions. if this is true, we could see societies become rapidly less patriarchal, a Good Thing, imho.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Oct 11th, 2008 at 06:32:20 AM EST
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