massacre of Hefazat protesters in Dhaka by Bangladeshi security forces, followed
by the government’s initial denial and subsequent justification of casualties, raises
serious questions about the future security and stability of Bangladesh.
This sudden emergence of populism was in
fact a true sign of modernity. This is what you might describe as a warning
shot – and when you see it happen, you have to realize that something is very
wrong with democracy. An interview.
Promotion appears everywhere, so much so that we no longer notice. This is not just about explicit selling and buying. The promotional arms race has seeped into all fields, powerfully re-shaping individuals, organisations and our wider society.
Imagine suing the government for damages for torture
and kidnap, and losing your case, without ever
knowing the reason why. A former lawyer who resigned from the Lib Dem party
over "secret courts" describes the chilling scenarios made possible
by the recently passed Justice and Security Act.
The women’s self-help movement is alive and kicking in Ukraine, with a range of group classes designed to get women out of the kitchen and into society. But with women outnumbering men — by 5:1 in popular conscience — is it surprising instruction is largely devoted to ‘catching one’s man’?
The Modi camp seems to have studied Chinese success in keeping saturation control over the media. But Indians
are split along caste, language, dialect, regional, religion, not to speak of
class. India is vastly different from Germany.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, a seemingly trivial administrative
issue ignited an unprecedented movement of civic resistance across the
country's old dividing lines. Understanding the message of defiance was directed against them all, politicians tried the
old trick of 'divide and rule' – only to be ridiculed by protesters.
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