Adbusters, Issue 105: The Big Ideas of 2013

AB105: the large rules of 2013
(January/February 2013)

Featured during this issue:

Bionomics > Economics
Stephen Collis on innovation and disaster
Scott Atran at the beginning of Hamas
Darren Fleet on monetary algorithms long past wild
Franco “Bifo” Berardi on imagination
Gareth Peirce on why we torture
Pankaj Mishra at the CIA in Iran
Binyavanga Wainaina on Saving the kids of Africa
Welcoming within the yr of the Snake

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What argument was won? That the prisoners in Guantanamo Bay should have access to legal remedies and to lawyers who could, most importantly of all, for the first time go in and, bit by bit, bring out reports, not just of the physical and mental horrors inflicted by or on behalf of Americans, but of the complicity of this country (at every level) in their unlawful captivity. We were never meant to know any of this. The still-unanswered question of burning relevance, however, remains: once we know, what do we then do?

It still commands large and even growing support ( judging from recent elections in Egypt) despite numerous crackdowns over the years by various Middle Eastern governments. 12-10-19 4:33 PM A “purist” (salafi) extension of this second path to Muslim power, more virulent and violent, categorically rejects the Brotherhood’s willingness to compromise with other political organizations and the state. The mission of the friends and admirers of Al Qaeda is to usher in universal justice by purging Muslim society of “deviant and impure” elements, such as Shi’ism and Sufism, which had supposedly violated the spirit and letter of the sacred texts (sunna) and helped to bring ruination to Islamic Arab civilization.

Since, in your world, big history died with the Berlin wall, there is only little history left to report on Africa. Little history is full of many small flares of wonderfulness and many small flares of utter horribleness that occasionally rise in a flat and benign world: a little boy in Malawi made his own radio. An actual radio. He has a good smile. Osama bin Laden or one of his peeps bombed trains, planes and innocents – and you slept safe that night, all of the flat world slept safe that night.

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