this follow-up interview with leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in
Egypt, Sameh Naguib, we talk about Al-Sisi's Egypt, the new alliance around the general, what challenges face opposition parties and movements and the future of Tahrir Square ( long interview, October 24, 2013)
What we have learned so far during these two and a half
years of revolution is that people do learn from experience. It is this high
level of political consciousness which will save our revolution. (A long
interview, July 24, 2013.)
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.
In London last month to speak on a progressive alternative to the
austerity policies which are being implemented across Europe (at the European
Institute of UCL), France’s Left Front leader gave a
follow-up interview to openDemocracy on the politics of the media, the evolving
image of Marine Le Pen, colonialism, laicité, ideological hegemony, France and Europe.
Subterranean European politics draws on a new meaning of Europe already visible in cross-border citizens’ mobilisations, civil society networks, trade union struggles; it has now to shape Europe’s politics and policy-making.
Being part of the Union makes Scotland stronger, safer, richer and fairer. So says David Cameron, but Scotland is building an alternative vision of itself as a nation, outside the parameters of the neo-liberal model.
Paul Hirst explored one particular cause for the creeping authoritarianism of the liberal democratic state that he identified before 9/11: the worsening crisis caused by the attempt to govern by one community standard in a diversifying world.
While we must respect the organic nature of our institutions, we must also accept them as social constructs. We need to develop a new approach to social organisation that is radically democratic, encourages accountability and works to resist tribalism.
Good luck, Dialogue, for the launch of your initiative on democracy and human rights on international democracy day! Thank you for this opportunity to tell you something about openDemocracy and human rights.
In part two of our coverage of the Paul Hirst Memorial Lecture, 2010 , Eyal Weizman, in conversation with openDemocracy editor, Rosemary Bechler, discusses the challenge of how to use international humanitarian law to permit the articulation of progressive political demands, and why this involves a sure grasp of the kind of elastic space he called the ‘political plastic’
Something challenging and refreshing has begun to emerge in some serious publications. Women are claiming an equal right to exploration and debate, and helping to redefine the 'mainstream', but through gender difference, not through submerging