Now that the EU is
ready to embrace the new Ukrainian government, investing at least one billion
euros in the ‘revolutionized’ country, it is time to reinvestigate the question
of far right influence in Ukraine.
The belated trial of a suspected genocidaire in Paris highlights the complex political relationship between Rwanda and France. It also reflects problems in the hard road to international justice, says Andrew Wallis.
The fact is that Islamic feminists in western
countries, and especially in France, struggle with identity affiliations and
fight against multiple forms of oppression that bind them to post-colonial and
Scepticism is healthy for democracy, but not when it degenerates into belief in conspiracy theories. Dieudonné and Jobbik are but two recent examples that the conspiratorial mindset is alive and well in Europe.
Hollande holds historic responsibility as the French president who, for
lack of political courage, marked the end of the balance that has governed
Europe for sixty years. And maybe even for being the gravedigger of the Parti Socialiste and
French social democracy.
As is now common in France, the biggest shock in the Euro elections will come from the far-right Front National, emboldened by a change in perception towards the party from many French voters. Euro elections landscape, 2014.
European elections have never really been
about Europe. Case in point: France, where the electoral campaign reeks of
popular resentment, personal ambitions and widespread misconceptions. Euro elections landscape, 2014.
The terrible migrant deaths off the Italian island have evoked horror across the continent. In a small camp in France, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi talks to their fellow countrymen and women who have survived: their hopes, dreams, and learning to feel unwelcome in Europe.
the US insisted that Iran must not have uranium enrichment facilities on its
own soil in any circumstances, and the EU3 bowed to this diktat from Washington. This time, we must do better.
The outcome of the Trayvon Martin case holds critical
implications. We are not responsible for George Zimmerman pulling the trigger,
because the law treats this as an action subject to legal judgement. Is this
the banality of legal?
It hardly matters under what label - including American
“safety” and “security” - such a governing power is built; sooner or later, the
architecture will determine the acts, and it will become more tyrannical at
home and more extreme abroad. Thank your lucky stars that Edward Snowden
made the choices he did.
Isn’t it time to
start dissecting the extremism of this ‘moderate centre’? Is it not the duty of
every truly moderate citizen/social scientist, of every democrat, to radically
oppose this extremism camouflaged as moderation?
democracy really means is the capacity to do things. While the governing elite
has increasingly borrowed populist rhetoric from the extreme right to win
elections, it has also used the growth of populism to discredit the concept of
‘the people’ and redefine the meaning of democracy.
While European leaders have expressed outrage about
the US eavesdropping on the communications of its citizens, for them to symbolically challenge
the US is one thing; to challenge it substantively is another thing altogether.
To position a new hegemony,
heterogeneous social demands have to be yoked together, in order to define what
‘the people’ amounts to. This is why a debate about the rarely-explained term 'populism' is overdue.