By the fifth day of the Iraq war it is clear that a swift US and British victory is unlikely. Regime survival, fierce Iraqi resistance in the south, and popular suspicion of the invaders, all suggest that a war lasting weeks or even months is in prospect.
As the first war of the new era begins, the die is cast and War Fever peaks. Through the sandstorm and the summits, can we see our way toward responsibility and the Futures of Europe? From Cyprus to Malta and Belgrade to Finland, the wind is rising...
We published an open letter from a Palestinian doctor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and asked our members to draft their own letters to Tony Blair, Saddam Hussein or George W. Bush. Here are the first responses
As the Iraq war he opposed opens, Gerhard Schröder, son of an unknown soldier, confronts two thorn-spiked mountains: tackling economic sclerosis against his own partys wishes, and rebuilding transatlantic bridges. His former cabinet colleague Michael Naumann cuts through nostalgia to ask: is this Germany dying?
For openDemocracy, modern war brings new tests to our thinking, practice, and values.
After the war, the fire sale. After the bombs, the brands. After the Baghdad blues, Dominic Hilton lights up the night.
The racial violence gripping Indian politics may appear to be the latest manifestation of an age-old problem. But this is deceptive. Modern technology and globalisation have brought about a mutation.
Achilles Skordas recently argued in openDemocracy that legalising nuclear weapons could help ensure they are never used. Now, a former Naval Commander makes the opposite case: not only must the use of nuclear weapons remain illegal, but the dangerous current crisis offers an opportunity to push for their complete abolition.
Concerned by the Arab worlds culture of victimhood, a German Arabist issues a vigorous challenge to the prevailing sentiment of anti-globalism among the Arab intelligentsia, typified by the prominent Egyptian intellectual Sherif Hetata.
The new European Constitution drafted by Valery Gicard dEstaings team can be seen as establishing a new unitary state, the unaccountable playground of national executives and the European Commission, according to this convention member and leading critic of the Brussels institutions. Will the voters get the chance, through referenda, to reject the prospect of European President Blair, Prime Minister Aznar and Foreign Minister Fischer? Jens-Peter Bonde was interviewed by Paul Hilder on 27 February 2003.
The schism in Europe and the transatlantic rift over Iraq are shaking the foundations of the Convention on the Future of Europe also. A twin presidency of Europe sounds unworkable to this Dutch participant, but a European Security Council might work. Democracy has been jettisoned in favour of fixing Europes chassis; but a Constitution may be hard to sell to the people Frans Timmermans was interviewed by Paul Hilder on 28 February 2003.
All the arguments about war must recognise an essential truth: the vicious tyranny of Saddam Hussein can only be ended by force, and with outside help.
The US-led war on Iraq is more than a failure of American strategy, diplomacy and thinking; in its heedless rejection of international institutions and their norms of co-operation, it represents a dangerous retreat to the law of the jungle.
The reality of war challenges peace movements to rethink their strategy. One lesson of earlier campaigns is that activists need to move beyond mere anti-war onto the territory of justice, solidarity, and human rights.
It is not just that the war on Iraq is illegal, unjust, and immoral. It is also an assault on American democracy and freedom itself. A heartfelt cry of opposition from a now fearful American writer.
The shock of the new is always painful. War and diplomatic breakdown are symptoms of a transformed political order struggling to emerge. It will be robust, secular, ideas-based, flexible, and interventionist; but it needs anchoring in legitimate force, institutions and public support. This, says the director of the European Policy Forum, is the new cosmopolitanism: and the centurys agenda.
Interactive television will bring the internet to the poor. At least that is one of the ways the British government accounts for massive spending on digital terrestrial television. But the silence is deafening as technological decisions are taken which will make delivery of this vision impossible, says the editor of Inside Digital TV.
The war in Iraq faces its Iranian neighbour with the prospect of hosting another wave of refugees. How will the country cope? Irans ambassador to the United Nations, Javad Zarif, talks to Arthur Helton about how past experience informs current humanitarian planning on the ground.
Novelist and Playwright Dorfman wrote these words on the brink of a destructive war in the Gulf, where President Bushs US forces squared up to those of Saddam Hussein. That they were written twelve years ago, on the brink of the first Gulf War, but not even the names have changed, is a chilling example of history repeating.
A Member of the European Parliament with long-standing interest in the fate of the Marsh Arabs sees their terrible fate as only one piece of evidence for the morality and legitimacy of war against the Saddam regime in Iraq.