In this excerpt
from the latest ECFR policy
on Syria, the authors argue
that a rare moment of opportunity has emerged following the US-Russian
agreement to launch peace initiative, Geneva II. Europe and the west should
prioritise ratcheting down violence and the threat of regional spill over.
In 2011, at a time of financial crisis and in opposition to impending austerity measures, Greeks of all ages came together to occupy Athens' central square and inspire a resurgent form of political protest across the world. Two years on, where are the occupiers now?
adopted its war-renouncing constitution following World War II, with Article 9
as a promise to itself and a pledge to the world to never repeat its mistakes.
The debate provoked by Prime Minister Abe Shinzo over amending this famous
peace clause threatens to destabilise the fragile regional peace
After serving in the US Army, and later as a diplomat, Colonel Ann Wright resigned her position in opposition to the US invasion of Iraq, 2003. She explains her opposition to the use of drones, and why any demilitarism plan for the planet must begin with the United States
Celebrations to mark
the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war perform the function of collective forgetting.
If the country looked back at recommendations made in the past, Sri Lankans
might understand better how to go forward.
Since 2000, activist groups across India have sought to defend slum communities from dispossession in favour of 'participatory' resettlement on the urban periphery. The popularity of such reasoning has lead to the myth that squatters prefer resettlement to illegality, denying squatters a right to remain and masking the real, everyday exclusions in the lives of the resettled.
Though interreligious violence in Sri Lanka is not new, the emergence of the well-organized, well-connected Buddhist radical group reflects a broader problem today - the alarming shortage of critical and constructive
The social fabric of a group is woven, in
the first place, by the efforts of women. After war, the surest way to
rebuild society is to protect and empower those who will re-weave the torn
social fabric if given half a chance to do so: the women.
On the anniversary of the 26-year civil war, the Sri Lankan state celebrates its 2009 victory while Tamils mark the bloody nadir of the campaign to systematically dismantle the Tamil nation - one which continues today.
What the civil war in Syria has exposed is that the massive political and social transformation,
and real regime change under way is led by people themselves. US military involvement
serves only to escalate the destruction.
The final balance of the
war has not yet tipped against the regime and, if and when it does, no
‘red-line’ will stop Assad from using chemical weapons on a scale that would make Halabja look like a small incident. Will Obama prevent another tragedy?
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