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Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Since 1996, Nepal has increasingly been drawn into a violent conflict between Maoist rebels and the state, leading to a severe crisis. Thousands of civilians have been killed, and most people in the countryside live in constant fear. Economic hardship has seriously increased. Despite repeated efforts to bring the parties together for peace talks, there is little hope that the violent situation will be resolved in the near future. This article analyzes the complex causes of the emergence of the Maoist insurrection and its success, and sketches the problems impeding a democratic solution to the current situation.

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Emerging Kinship in a Changing Middle East

Soraya Tremayne

Middle East and offers a new analysis of the domain of art by finding clues as to how the painter illustrates, through his painting and through handwriting and captions, certain social disparities he wants to illustrate. The author’s well-placed curiosity

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Alessandro Jedlowski

Things started getting better when he met Venus, a Nigerian woman who had already spent a few years in Italy. She owned an apartment and worked as a housemaid for an Italian family. Despite (or perhaps because of) the economic and social disparities, and

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Citizenship in religious clothing?

Navayana Buddhism and Dalit emancipation in late 1990s Uttar Pradesh

Nicolas Jaoul

over the Constitution of the new born Indian Republic in November 1949, Ambedkar’s often quoted speech insisted on the contradictions between political equality and economic and social disparities, which threatened the future of India’s democratic