The constitution was voted in during a period when belief in the status quo changing had lost all traction. Due to the security situation, public opinion was dominated by fear. As such, Tunisia's transition will have to take place on a different level, namely in the field of legislation and legal practice.
The street in Cairo has become an insecure and volatile place. VICE News has been following avid supporters of General Sisi, revolutionaries who feel their aspirations are far from realisation and members of the Muslim Brotherhood outlawed by the military government.
Living in a perpetual state of fear, people prefer to isolate
themselves from what they perceive as the “ineffective” mechanisms of public
participation; creating and perpetuating a negative vicious circle.
While the literal meaning of
utopia is ‘no place’, an OU-topia could be almost any place. Even when
physically isolated, an Open University student, engaged in studying, could be
part of a ‘public’, involved in learning through dialogue.
I was bullied in school for not fitting in, while at home my father abused alcohol to cope with his pain. I learned there is something wrong with some people. To avoid this trap of authority, we must allow for the queer and glorious differences between us.
Youth-led mobilisation has mocked and
exposed patriarchal power by unmasking its politics of social control. Are we
on the threshold of a new politics of gender creating cross-gender alliances
around struggles against autocracy?
Every generation of little girls
and women needs
to learn its past so that it can imagine a future in which gender
equality is the norm and not the exception. As part of openDemocracy's International Women's Day series, Ruth Rosen
argues that it is still necessary to have a token month every year
devoted to women's lives
There are patriarchal reasons why
women are disproportionately made to suffer in wars. It should not be
surprising that women are disproportionately active in resisting and
challenging violence, wars and armed oppression, says Rebecca Johnson.
The death of Reeva Steenkamp has highlighted the problematic
way in which the media treat the issue of domestic violence. We need a
better way to transmit and therefore tackle the reality – how violence is built
into our lives and how space is gendered, says Heather McRobie.
"Very few are willing to step down and many of those who did are trying to come back." The political ambitions of Latin America's political leaders are reshaping the region's democracy and constitutional practice, says Daniel Zovatto.
precariat, a class-in-the-making, is the first mass class in history that has
systematically been losing rights built up for citizens. So, why is it the new
dangerous class and how is it differentiated from other class groups in the evolving
global labour process?
I remember when I first discovered internet porn – I was 17 years old. Fascinated by this world of unleashed sexual expression and fantasy, I couldn’t get enough of it. I thought I'd outgrow my porn habit over time. But I never did.
A new Israeli law creating a legal distinction between Arabs of Christian and Muslim descent passes in the Knesset. Basing the categorisation and status of citizenship on religious and ethnic identifications creates systemic barriers to those citizens who are not deemed acceptable members of the state.
words or violent acts were not how the Ukrainian people ousted an authoritarian
leader and his cronies. Civil resistance shredded the legitimacy of a
repressive and corrupt government. The nonviolent movement dissolved the
consent of the people and the loyalty of regime defenders on which Victor Yanukovych depended.