Number of page: 288
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
**One of Book Concierge’s Best Books of 2016**In The Mayor of Mogadishu, one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign correspondents, Andrew Harding, reveals the tumultuous life of Mohamoud “Tarzan” Nur – an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia, and became a street brawler and activist. When the country collapsed into civil war and anarchy, Tarzan and his young family became part of an exodus, eventually spending twenty years in north London.But in 2010 Tarzan returned, as Mayor, to the unrecognizable ruins of a city now almost entirely controlled by the Islamist militants of Al Shabab. For many in Mogadishu, and in the diaspora, Tarzan became a galvanizing symbol of courage and hope for Somalia. But for others, he was a divisive thug, who sank beneath the corruption and clan rivalries that continue, today, to threaten the country’s revival.The Mayor of Mogadishu is a rare an insider’s account of Somalia’s unraveling, and an intimate portrayal of one family’s extraordinary journey.
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The Constitution of Malaysia: A Contextual Analysis
Malaysia s constitution was set at the independence of the Federation of Malaya in 1957 along the lines of the Westminster model embracing federalism and constitutional monarchy That it has endured is explained in terms of the social contract agreed between the leaders of the three main ethnic groups Malay Chinese Indian before independence However increasing ethnic tension erupted in violence in 1969 after which the social contract was remade in ways that contradicted the basic assumptions underlying the 1957 Constitution The outcome was an authoritarian state that implemented affirmative action in an attempt to orchestrate rapid economic development and more equitable distribution In recent years constitutionalism as enshrined in the 1957 Constitution but severely challenged during the high authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad s developmental state has become increasingly relevant once again However conflict over religion has replaced ethnicity as a source of discord This book examines the Malaysian approach to constitutional governance in light of authoritarianism and continuing inter communal strife and explains the ways in which a supposedly doomed colonial text has come to be known as our constitution
The Constitutional System of Thailand: A Contextual Analysis
This book assesses the attempt to establish a modern system of democratic government in Thailand against the background of Thai politics and culture The fact that since 1932 when it became a constitutional monarchy Thailand has had 18 constitutions speaks of an unstable political system which has seen rapid and repeated fluctuations between military rule and elected government The main focus of this study is a critical discussion of the institutional frameworks which have been established under recent constitutions Individual chapters deal with Thai history and context including the role of the monarchy and the military and of constitutional drafting processes parliament and elections the executive branch of government including the role of ministers the civil service of a contracting state and of anti corruption initiatives the structure and challenges of local government including discussion of the southern insurgency the Constitutional Court and constitutional enforcement the constitutional role of administrative law and of the administrative courts the constitutional protection of human rights with freedom of speech as a particular case study
Land Grabs in Asia: What Role for the Law?
Although there is no universally accepted definition of the term land grabbing ordinary people whose livelihoods are adversely affected by land grabbing know exactly what it is It involves the physical capture and control of land and homes including the usurpation of the power to decide how and when these will be used and for what purposes with little or no prior consultation or compensation to the displaced communities This thought provoking book defines land grabbing and examines aspects of the land grabs phenomenon in seven Asian countries researched and written by country specific legal scholars The book provides unique perspectives on how and why land grabbing is practised in China India Pakistan Cambodia Malaysia Myanmar and Indonesia and explores the surprising role that law plays in facilitating and legitimizing land grabs in each country In contrast to most of the literature which law focuses on foreign investors rights under international law here the focus is on domestic laws and legal infrastructures Finding that Asian States need to move beyond existing regimes that govern land to a regime that encourages more equitable land rights allocation and protection of stakeholders rights the book urges further research in the nexus between the use of law to facilitate development Land Grabs in Asia is the first book to explore land grabbing in multiple jurisdictions in Asia As such it will appeal to students and scholars of law and development law and society and international relations as well as being essential reading for development policy makers and government ministers
Central-Local Relations in Asian Constitutional Systems
This book examines territorial governance in Asia in the context of central local relations In an era of attempts to deal with issues such as decentralisation conflict involving ethnic and religious enclaves and demands for regional autonomy it is timely to examine central local relations in a pan Asian perspective assessing the attempts in a range of different constitutional systems from Japan to Myanmar to re order constitutional structures for local government The book looks at the constitutional systems for organising central local relations in Asia and attempts to draw conclusions from contemporary experiences