31 October 2008

New Institute Website

A few people have been wondering what the hell happened to this blog. It's badly maintained at best, but, I've been told, this long silence is really too much!

Sorry to have been out of the picture for so long, but I've felt it more important to focus limited time and resources on developing more meaningful and strategic responses to the unfolding of various crises. Apart from that I've also been intermittently ill - won't bore anyone with unnecessary details - but am slowly getting back into things.

First big development is the Institute for Policy Research & Development now has a proper home. Yes I know we had a new website launched last year at www.globalcrisis.org.uk.

Well we're still keeping the old url too, but we've been working hard on developing a more advanced website that will permit some scope for greater participation from people involved in important research and generally look and feel much more classy, readable and relevant than the usual think-tank appearance.

Well that's the idea anyway!

So please check out the new improved IPRD website at www.iprd.org.uk. It's taken us a year long to get this together. We're hoping to use the website as a vehicle not only to promote new research, but to find ways of making it accessible to the wider public, and linking it up with diverse forms of activism and campaigning.

Anyone big on both ideas and action who's willing to take the initiative on projects and is interested in getting involved, let me know.

Apart from struggling to finish revising my PhD thesis, my main current project has been a major interdisciplinary analysis of global crises, expanding in a way on the articles and talks I've been doing lately on the 'hidden holocaust' theme. This will be a critical review of most of the crucial evidence on climate change, peak oil, economic recession, and the food crisis, aimed at developing a very clear understanding of what's going on, where it's likely to go, and the kind of thinking and practice that will be needed in the coming post-industrial world.

2 comments:

  1. Good to hear from you and looking forward to continuing to learn from your work!

    Respectfully,

    Michael Place

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  2. Nafeez,

    This may seem off-topic, but how do you respond to those who argue that the success of the recent provincial elections in Iraq confirm the correctness of 2006 Surge strategy of George Bush, if not the invasion itself?

    I have read one newspaper article by someone who claimed to have opposed the war, which stated that the success of the elections proved wrong the anti-war activists who have, since 2006, demanded that the US withdraw.

    So are they right? Would Iraq have descended into sectarian chaos if the US had withdrawn?

    My own view is that, given the record of the Bremer dictatorship immediately after the invasion as Naomi Klein chronicled in "The Shock Doctrine" and given the evidence of 'false flag' terrorism sponsored by the US and British as documented, for example, on globalresearch.ca, it is unlikely that the continued presence of US and British soldiers were likely to have improved matters.

    Nevertheless, that is what is now being argued with at least some superficial degree of plausibility.

    Another example is the article "Iraq's elections: a win for Prime Minister Maliki and the US"

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