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Peninsula On-line, Qatar / US pumping out money to ‘freeze’ young Muslim men: Expert

4/25/2007 3:7:47
Source ::: The Peninsula
Dr Ananya Roy

doha • The US is pumping out a large amount of money to ‘freeze' young Muslim men on Arab Street, said Dr Ananya Roy, an expert in International Affairs, from University of California.

The idea was to retool of micro-credit as a technology perfected by lending to poor married women in the densely populated villages of Bangladesh for application to young Arab men in urban settings. A recent Untied States Agency for International development (USAid) meet witnessed an explicit discussion on how to give loans to young men in Arab countries, who will make ‘filafel' rather than becoming suicide-bombers', she said.

Dr Roy was speaking on "Development at the Limits of Empire" at a panel discussion on 'Empire and the Clash of Civilization" at the Doha forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade".

Micro-credit is the practice of giving tiny enterprise loans to very poor people, mainly women, without collateral, at high interest rates but with proven record of high repayment. Originating in Bangladesh, micro-credit is being touted as a solution for everything: from American inner-city poverty to the reconstruction of Afghanistan. But the system is being now intelligently used by Washington DC to create a `new Middle East', she said

If micro credit is being used as a safety valve in other countries, Washington DC conceived it as a technique to contain the anger and frustration of Arab youth on Street. The US dollars is being lavishly imposed on Egypt and its NGOs by powerful donors, she said.

"The unfolding of micro credit in Egypt shows us the difficulties of reconciling with democracy and development… Egypt is a development context saturated with American aid with USAID as a prominent actor, often managing the agendas of Egypt's development NGOs.", Dr. Roy said.

Prof Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia, USA ("Cultures of war: Imaginary Arab Cities"), Prof Mark Gillen, University of Oregon, Euagene, USA(America Town: Building the Outpost of Empire), dean John Lee, University of California, Berkley, USA(Global disaster) and Raka Ray, University of California, Berkley, USA(Recruiting gender for the course of empire) were among others who presented their papers.

Prof Nezar Al Sayyed, Center for Middle Easter Studies, Berkeley Unviersity, California, USA was the moderator.

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