Ok, again, why be so defensive. But I do agree with you with regards to "And often Westerners will stay in cities, and will have no clue about the situation in rural areas. Sometimes having been there, gives you larger blinds than staying at home reading books".
However, you have hit the issue on the head with the statement "how the fuck else would you form judgements but from an academic standpoint?" because I think a probelm with judgements made purely academically is that they can lead to well-intentioned but ineffective interventions or aid.
I am of the thinking that Never judge another man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins, and therefore will always be interested in how people make their judgement.
But this is diverging from the original topic.