Monday, June 4, 2007

When progress is against the law

by Chan Akya from Asia Times

The difference between the economic performance of South Asian states highlights this view, and emphatically so. As an example, Wahhabi notions of restricting the economic participation of women simply do not work in resource-poor states and thus cause the maternalistic societies of Bangladesh significantly to outperform Talibanized parts of Afghanistan. Going back to Arab societies, we can see the rampant failure of such countries in generating employment for their citizens, despite billions of dollars secured in oil revenues. Because of the disconnect between economic realities and political organization, Arab states have had to focus on keeping alive external threats purely for their own sustenance.

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