The British Parliament is set to debate the political recognition of Saddam Hussein's campaign against the Kurds as genocide. With the threat of chemical weapons in Syria a declared 'red line', the need to properly understand and account for the legacy of the largest chemical attack against a civilian population remains as pressing as ever.
Lebanon's plans to harnass the vast oil and gas reserves off its shores already reveal familiar echoes of past internal divisions and external conflicts. But is this finally a chance for Lebanon to remake its future?
The 2011 referendum granting South Sudan independence served as a decisive verdict on the history of decades-long civil war as well as the foundational tenets of the modern international community. Adil Babikir evokes lost narratives of national unity that once resounded in both Sudan and South Sudan through a single name: Mongo Zambeiri.
The protests in Shahbagh errupted apparently spontaneously in response to the first verdict handed down by Bangladesh's domestic tribunal for war crimes committed during the war of independence in 1971. The primary demand? The death sentence.
To protest against what they see as unjust exclusion, some Israeli citizens have given their vote to Palestinians who couldn't make their voices heard in the January 2013 elections. One of these activist citizens explains why his action could help Israel become a 'real' democracy.
More coordination and strategy are needed in Europe's response to the sinister signs of stolen revolution. The political-strategic impulse has come from the south in the past. In the current economic crisis this should be more the case, not less.
Ethnic cleansing is a crime
under international law. In the case of Pakistan, we
see a cold-hearted and detached response by the federal government. Who then
should be held accountable for these ruthless killings?
Though intended to be
temporary in nature, Agamben argues that the ‘state of exception’ has become a
permanent fixture of democratic governance. This ‘war’, declared by the US and
its allies against a tactic, and therefore unbound by time or space, is
Fawaz Gerges and Rosemary Hollis with Robin Yassin-Kassab at the openDemocracy conference Syria's peace: what, how, when?, discussing the regional proxy war, class dynamics in Syria, intervention and the costs of not negotiating with Assad.
A bomb blast in Cilvegozu confirmed that free passage for
arms and fighters across the Syrian border is creating complex spillovers in
Turkey. The administration's humanitarian stance has been uncontroversial, but
reports that Turkey has encouraged targeted violence in northern Syria
illustrate the interests at play.
Why has the Obama administration been
reluctant to intervene directly in the raging Syrian conflict, or even to arm
the rebels? Why did the US president refuse to take ownership of the NATO
mission in Libya, failing to engage in Tunisia and Egypt? What makes sense of
Obama’s strategy towards the greater Middle East?
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