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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 gone 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 12 months of the Snake

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Sartre articulated the shock of realizing that torture had reappeared and was being justified so soon after it had been categorized as an aberration found only among psychotic and degenerate governments willing to violate all universally understood and recognized principles of justice: “In 1943 in the Rue Lauriston, Frenchmen were screaming in agony and pain; all France could hear them. In those days the outcome of the war was uncertain and we did not want to think about the future. ” month, with Asif Iqbal and Ruhal Ahmed, he struggled to prepare a report, illustrated by sketches in the absence of any photographs, of what had been done to them.

Lord Curzon, Britain’s foreign secretary who was convinced, as Harold Nicolson put it, that “God had personally selected the British upper class as an instrument of the Divine Will,” drew up an Anglo-Persian agreement which was almost entirely destructive of Iranian sovereignty. As it turned out, Curzon, never an accurate reader of the native pulse, had misjudged the Iranian mood. The agreement was denounced; pro-British members of the Majlis, the Iranian parliament, were physically attacked. Facing such opposition, Curzon grew more obdurate: “These people have got to be taught at whatever cost to them that they cannot get on without us.

As predicted the city waited them out. So what are we left with other than the Julian Assange circus? People are trying in small ways to make changes. Since January 2012 the Move Your Money campaign estimates that 500,000 people have switched their current accounts to ethical alternatives such as cooperatives and mutuals. At least it puts pay to the myth of an apathetic populace. But this type of highly individualized action, successful as it is becoming, can only take us so far. There are countless other small demonstrations happening in towns and cities across the country, a type of anti-austerity NIMBYism backed by the trade unions but lacking any real revolutionary zeal.

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