Wednesday, April 11, 2007

From Jihad to McWorld

Vijay Prashad wrote:
"But, my own work, now completed in The Darker Nations, suggests that Jihad is actually the twin of McWorld. Take Pakistan as an example. The International Monetary Fund, the advance guard of corporate power, pushed the state to cut back on funding for educational and health-care services. Into the breech came the Islamic charities, many funded by the Saudi government, and some even enjoying the largesse of the US Treasury (during the Afghan War of the 1980s). They educated and healed the lower middle class, drawing in vast numbers of people into their organizations. The growth of the Islamic Right in Pakistan is a product of McJihad, the unified effect of both globalization and fundamentalism."
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