Ed Hancox

With control of his nation reduced to a handful of loyalist redoubts, there is a palpable sense of joy in Western capitals - and an equal sense of relief at NATO headquarters in Brussels that the seemingly moribund alliance was actually able to achieve something - over the impending end of the Moammar Gadhafi era in Libya. Countries around the world have been quick to recognize the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council (NTC) as the “legitimate” government of Libya.

Emmanuel Iduma

What is a book? Once we could proffer answers with the clearest certainty. Today, it is difficult to do so. In this vein, I am keen to explore what can be termed the “fragility of meaning,” under which heading I can rightly argue that a book is now without precise definition, and has formed the subject of a contested terrain. It is a fashionable contest, which in this decade will probably remain unending.

Shaun Randol

On September 20, I attended a lecture by former UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown at The New School University. As he paced the stage, Brown outlined the themes of his new book, Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization.

Quite a title! I am sure we could come up with a globalization crisis that precedes the contemporary one he speaks of, but that's not the point of this post.

J. K. Fowler

Ashwin Parulkar completed an MFA in creative writing and an MA in international relations at Syracuse University.  He currently writes on India, Nepal, and Bhutan, for Freedom House's Freedom in the World report.  Previously, he served as a consultant at numerous international research and human rights organizations, including the International Food Policy Research Institute, UNICEF, the International Service for Human Rights, ActionAid International, among others.

Shaun Randol

Valentine "Sphinx" Eben is a leading African media-maker. Sphinx has a long history of activism, media work, and organizing, including three "convergence and training" houses at the World Social Forum. The latest such house was completed in 2010 in Dakar in collaboration with May First/People Link.

J. K. Fowler

Carol-Ann Gleason is a development specialist with a multidisciplinary expertiseonAfrican politics and international political dynamics. Her work focuses on contemporary political frameworks, the variables of globalization and social mobility, the character of civil society in a digitized world, and the impact digital technologies and new medias have in amplifying the voice of ordinary citizens. She holds a B.A.

Shirley Zhao (趙曉瑩)

As the organ burst into a solemn anthem, and the choirmaster accompanied it with her crystal voice, all the chandeliers and candelabra sconces suddenly lit up simultaneously, like torches of golden fire – the mass began. In a second, the Catholic cathedral in Guangzhou, the largest city in southern China, was flooded with streams of flaming light and dancing gem-like colors projected on the walls from the stained glass windows.

J. K. Fowler

Nikki Froneman is a South African arts producer and occasional theatre director. She holds an Honours degree in Drama from the University of Cape Town and a Marketing and Business Management Diploma from Damelin College. Nikki has been living in Latin America since April 2006 and currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She founded Proyecto 34ºS in early 2008 and is responsible for the overall artistic direction and running of the organization and its projects.

Marie Mainil

In November of last year, NATO held its strategic summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Marie Mainil joined young leaders from around the world at a parallel venture. At The Young Atlanticists Summit, the next generation of leadership tackled the same issues as their NATO counterparts, and was able to query world leaders like Ban Ki-moon and General David Petraeus. Here is Marie's sketch of the events.

Kavitha Rajagopalan

What's the bigger crime: being an illegal immigrant or marginalizing those in search of a better life? In this sketch of the global im/migration scene, Kavitha Rajagopalan introduces many provocative questions. How societies view and use today’s immigrants, she argues, is a moral concern that cannot be ignored.