Newsflash: The foreign policy of Western powers like the US and Canada do not give a rats derriere if Muslim-majority countries are led by fundamentalist regimes or secularist ones as long as the world-system is not threatened. In other words, you can forbid women from driving or girls from going to school if you like, but don’t get serious about things like minimum wages, trade union activism, and protection of important resources. Just open your borders to rapacious investors from more powerful countries and everything will be ok. Guess what, whether you like Mubarak or Morsi is not a problem. It’s Nasser they are worried about. That is why the regimes in Libya, Iraq had to change and that Syria (not to mention North Korea and Venezuela) are worrisome to the West while Saudi Arabia isn't. I am not defending leftist regimes that are tyrannical and corrupt. But that is not particular to the left. It is the norm outside the West, where regimes are so weak that they are perpetually in an existential crisis. Human rights are the first thing to be thrown out the window by any regime that feels threatened. The 1970 October Crisis in Canada is a clear example of that! A few home-made explosives and two kidnappings were all it took to turn democracy into an unaffordable luxury.
Of course, there are two sides to every story, despite what the mainstream Western chattering class would have us believe when discussing North Korea. Let me be clear: I am not endorsing the North Korean regime (not that it would matter to them anyway). But the caricatures we are presented daily by our media outlets and political leaders need to be nuanced. That is why other information sources are useful. Here are two interesting opinion pieces from Al Jazeera English that dare to consider the situation from the North Korean viewpoint:
Nuclear Orientalism by Tarak Barkawi
Korea: B2 bombers offering a path to peace? by Pepe Escobar
Suite à la conference du 4 avril, présentant une analyse décoloniale soufie de l'interdisciplnarité, certains participants m'ont demandé de mettre la bibliographie de la conférence en ligne. La voici donc :
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Nasr, Seyyed Hossein. 2007. The Garden of Truth : The Vision and Promise of Sufism, Islam's Mystical Tradition. New York: HarperOne.
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Transdisciplinary scholar of Islam and Sufism.