One of the only
consistencies in Egypt, from the Mubarak era through to the SCAF period to
Morsi’s rule to the tumultuous summer of 2013, has been encroachments on press
freedom and attacks on journalists. But
there have been subtle shifts in how journalists have been targeted, and
attacks are becoming more systematic.
Italy has just passed
a new law offering better protection for victims of domestic violence. But will this be enough to work against the
damaging effect of under-funded safe houses and public figures who
still blame women for their abuse?
In the UK, Labour's nuclear disarmament policies of the 1980s were not to blame for electoral failure, argues Rebecca Johnson. A sensible, fact-based debate about Trident replacement requires Ed Miliband to overcome the Party’s ‘electoral defeat traumatic syndrome’.
The nationwide demonstrations were spontaneous, universal
and beyond distinct class characteristics. What we have witnessed can be
described as the self-protection of society against a particular form of “governance”
which neutered politics and silenced voices of dissent by appealing to the
requirements of economic success, says Ayse Bugra
of Pahari indigenous people have been left homeless and denied access to their
traditional lands in Bangladesh’s eastern Chittagong Hill Tracts, a situation
that is fuelling violent clashes with Bengali settlers. It is time the Pahari people's fundamental human rights were protected, says Madhu Malhotra
The recent Trident
Alternatives Review excludes any consideration of alternative means that
might provide effective deterrence and more reliable security for Britain in
the 21st century. Rebecca Johnson considers what the Review
missed and calls for intelligent public and political debate
The only way out of the current stalemate is launching an
inclusive reconciliation process in which all political forces admit their
responsibility for the early failure of transition and show their willingness
to move towards building a democratic state, says Rawia M.Tawfik Amer
Whilst LGBTQ rights activists welcomed the recent rulings by
the US Supreme Court on "same sex" marriage, Lauren Suchman questions
the media's conflation of gender, sex and sexuality in reporting these cases,
and argues for "same-sex
marriage" to be recognised as "non-heterosexual marriage"
Proposals to cut legal aid and judicial review in Britain will make it harder for people fighting for their rights to challenge the government's cuts agenda, and will remove one of the few lifelines to justice for asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented workers, says Kate Blagojevic.
Balchin was a founding sister of openDemocracy 50.50 and a leading contributor to our
dialogue on Gender Politics and Religion which explores the impact of the global resurgence of
religion in public life on women's human rights, and examines the possibilities for gender equality and pluralism.
A survey of on-going peace processes confirms mere lip service is still being paid to women’s inclusion and participation within the powerfully embedded male tradition of diplomacy and peace building. Leer in Español.
In politics, sometimes the thing that will never happen actually starts to happen, preparing the ground for transformation. Judith Butler on the Israel/Palestine conflict and her recent book Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism.
brought in to address violence against women in the UK are being implemented by
large generic institutions at the expense of smaller specialist preventative
and support organisations. For black and ethnic minority women, paternalistic
'management' appears to be inseparable from disempowerment, says Amrit Wilson
Selective reporting by
the western media, and expert opinion predicting Egypt's future based on the
familiar pattern of drawing blueprints that are disconnected from the pulse on
the street, are producing strong anti-western sentiment, says Mariz Tadros.
have grown more supportive of same-sex marriages, gun control, immigration
reform and even taxes on the wealthiest individuals. Why, then, have the cultural and political wars over abortion
Anger amongst the Spanish
electorate is rising fast amidst the dramatic events in a long-running
corruption case implicating the Spanish Government. Liz Cooper says that above
all the Spanish want stability, but where stability lies is now uncertain...
For all its problems, Algeria never became an Islamic state. Like Algerian progressives in the 1990s,
Egyptian progressives now have to carve out the space to construct a credible
alternative under the shield of the new transitional process, and
simultaneously challenge the military’s human rights abuses
Women in Iraq
bear the brunt of increasing levels of gender-based violence, inadequate
infrastructure and poverty. Yet women activists recognize that their struggle
for equality and social justice as women cannot be separated from the wider struggle against authoritarianism and sectarianism
Shifting the migration debate to consider the impact
of global phenomena such as climate change and global capitalism on the
movement of people requires an understanding of scarcity and insecurity as
factors which affect citizens and non-citizens alike.
Racist and patriarchal
ideas underpin the new ‘family planning’ initiatives promoted by DfID, USAID and the Gates Foundation which
deny women in the global South real control over their bodies. The
appropriation of the notion of ‘women’s right to choose’ for neoliberal
population control must be challenged, argues Kalpana Wilson
The man shouting for help was a deportee, a figure hopelessly removed from the mundane normality of international flight. An unbridgeable gulf separated him from the passengers sitting in front of him and across the aisle. Jimmy Mubenga's role was to be a non-person, to disappear from the UK and be forgotten