November 18, 2013 Leave a Comment
Retail analyst A.T. Kearney has discovered that the wealthiest top two percent of China alone account for one third of global spending on luxury brands. No wonder Louis Vitton plans to open dozens of new stores across China in the coming years.
Where does this money come from? Last year The New York Times estimated that relatives of Chinese premier Wen Jiabao had accumulated $2.7 billion in assets — most in hidden accounts.
Will corruption at the top of the Chinese Communist Party be its undoing? Come hear the thoughts of one of the world’s top experts on Chinese politics:
“The End of the Party? Wealth, Corruption, and Resentment in Contemporary China”
A Talk by Joseph Fewsmith
Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Tuesday, November 19
Mandel Center Reading Room (3rd floor)
Refreshments will be provided
Joseph Fewsmith is the author or editor of eight books, including, most recently, The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China (January 2013). Other works include China since Tiananmen (2nd edition, 2008) and China Today, China Tomorrow (2010). Other books include Elite Politics in Contemporary China (2001), The Dilemmas of Reform in China: Political Conflict and Economic Debate (1994), and Party, State, and Local Elites in Republican China: Merchant Organizations and Politics in Shanghai, 1890-1930 (1985). He is one of the seven regular contributors to the China Leadership Monitor, a quarterly web publication analyzing current developments in China.
October 4, 2013 Leave a Comment
Professor Pogge is the world’s leading spokesperson for freedom from poverty as a human right. He is the author of World Poverty and Human Rights and co-editor of Global Justice and Global Ethics.
Pogge will speak:
He is currently focused on four projects:
(1) a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines worldwide (see Health Impact Fund);
(2) a team effort toward developing new indexes for tracking poverty and gender disparities worldwide (see Poverty and Gender Equity Management);
(3) a team effort toward finding ways of reducing the enormous losses poor populations suffer through illicit financial outflows due to corruption as well as tax evasion and tax avoidance (see Illicit Financial Flows; and
(4) a team effort toward mobilizing the creativity and expertise of academics in support of effective poverty reduction through promoting stronger collaboration, effective public outreach and thoughtful policy intervention (Academics Stand Against Poverty)
Here are the links to the two TED TALKS that Pogge gave recently:
October 3, 2013 2 Comments
What a nice afternoon we had yesterday at the “Meet the Majors/Welcome Back Seniors.” It was great to see so many faces back from abroad and so many others interested in learning more about IGS.
Thanks also, of course, to the faculty and staff who came to spread the news about other programs, such as Study Abroad, Brandeis in the Hague and the Brandeis-India Fellowships. And here’s hoping some of you also check out and/or join the Brandeis International Journal!
And now some news you’ve no doubt been eager for…the winners of our 2013 Photo Competition! As judged by the famously discerning IGS UDRs, the winners, in alphabetical order, are…
Sam Bender for this one…
…Rachel Gordon for this…
…and Alina Pokhrel for this.
Each wins a $50 gift certificate from the Brandeis Bookstore. I’ll ask each photographer to tell us a little bit more about their shots in the comment section below. In the meantime, congratulations all!
September 30, 2013 Leave a Comment
Where can International and Global Studies take you?
Members of the IGS Class of 2014 saw a revolution in Egypt, a war crimes trial in the Hague; some worked in Paris, others hiked to villages in India.
Come hear their stories and start to plan your own at the:
MEET THE MAJORS/WELCOME BACK SENIORS
Wednesday, Oct. 2nd
Mandel Center Atrium
We’ll have great food, music, conversation and…
…for the juniors, all the latest on the programs you’ll be on this spring;
…for the first-years and sophomores, lots of tips about how to make the best of IGS.
Hope to see you all there!
August 18, 2013 Leave a Comment
Having struggled against the oppression of first the Russian Empire and then the Soviet Union, Georgians have become to believe that the Georgian Orthodox Church is the only institution capable of preserving and protecting the Georgian Nation. The church was successful in maintaining its status and influence throughout decades of occupation, but since its liberation from the Soviet Union in 1989, the church has become not only free, but also excessively active, enjoying the support and unquestionable trust of at least 90% of the Georgian population. The majority of devoted Georgian Christians, including priests, have not withheld themselves from making homophobic statements, as well as actions. On 17th May 2013, Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, saw extremely violent actions against LGBTQ supporters on the streets of the city.
On the international day against homophobia, Identoba, a Georgian LGBTQ rights supporting organization, in collaboration with other organizations, as well as independent supporters, planned an event on the central Rustaveli Avenue. The original plan was to have all the supporters stand in front of the former parliament building from 1 PM – 1:30 PM in a silent demonstration, showing the importance of protecting the human rights of the LGBTQ community. On the evening prior to the event, the current Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia the Second, made a statement, condemning the planned event, claiming that homosexuality is a sin and its spread should be avoided. In response to his statement, more than 10,000 people gathered in front of the former Parliament building at midnight and spent all night there, following the orders of the priests that led this anti-LGBTQ demonstration. On the morning of 17th May, approximately 2,000 policemen received the order to surround the anti-LGBTQ demonstration in order to avoid a possible clash, as the LGBTQ-support demonstration was continuing as planned.
As I reached Rustaveli Avenue through the underground system (the only way of getting there, as anti-LGBTQ demonstrators had blocked all the other surrounding streets), the police escorted me to Liberty Square, which lies at the very beginning of the Rustaveli Avenue, not far from the former Parliament building. As the anti-LGBTQ demonstrators had taken over the grounds surrounding the former Parliament building, the location of the LGBTQ-support demonstration was promptly changed toPushkin Square, right next to Liberty Square.
At around 12:50 PM, as I was standing in the middle of Pushkin Square in a group of 7 people, (5 of whom were not Georgian), all thelegal observers as well as local journalists started running towards the police cordon on Rustaveli Avenue, blocking the way for anti-LGBTQ demonstrators, so that they could not approach Pushkin square. I was surprised and slightly scared by the fact that only about 50 of us LGBTQ supporters were left at the square. I soon saw an aggravated crowd of 10,000 Georgians, eager to “protect Christianity,” running in our direction. Priests swearing; several of them carrying stools that they later used to hit mini-buses that were carrying LGBTQ-supporters out of the spot; men in traditional Georgian dressscreaming, running towards Pushkin Square chanting the Lord’s prayers, occasionally interrupted to curse at the LGBTQ-supporters; older women running with nettle plants in their hands that they wanted to beat us with; all 10,000 people, in religious ecstasy, with one aim – to protect Christianity from perversion by murdering LGBTQ-supporters. [Read More...]