Provocative!

Kristof and the Rescue Industry: The Soft Side of Imperialism, Laura Agustin

Laura Agustin, Kristof and the Rescue Industry: The Soft Side of Imperialism (January 25, 2012)   This article originally appeared in counterpunch. To view the original, click here. The Soft Side of Imperialism Reasons abound to be turned off by the New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof. He is too pleased with himself and demonstrates no capacity for self-reflection. He is too earnest. He claims to be in the vanguard of journalism because he tweets. He is said to be Doing Something about human suffering while the rest of us don’t...

read more

Review of Siddharth Kara, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, Laura Agustin

Laura Agustin, Review of Siddharth Kara, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery (February 2012) This read the original review on H-Net, click here. A Man of Moral Sentiments Siddharth Kara’s Sex Trafficking is not a scholarly book. Neither based on methodological research nor reflecting knowledge of literature that could give context to the author’s experience, this reads like the diary of a poverty tourist or the bildungsroman of an unsophisticated man of moral sentiments demonstrating his pain at unfathomable injustices....

read more

The White Savior Industrial Complex, Teju Cole

Teju Cole, The White Savior Industrial Complex, The Atlantic (March 21, 2012) A week and a half ago, I watched the Kony2012 video. Afterward, I wrote a brief seven-part response, which I posted in sequence on my Twitter account.These tweets were retweeted, forwarded, and widely shared by readers. They migrated beyond Twitter to blogs, Tumblr, Facebook, and other sites; I’m told they generated fierce arguments. As the days went by, the tweets were reproduced in their entirety on the websites of the Atlantic and the New York Times, and...

read more