In which our author underestimates the good vibrations in British Film
Week in Morocco, enjoys a good steel band, and rejoices in the grit of a
woman called Rabha. In Part Two he returns to the vexed question of language, concluding that the choice is between
isolation and opening up.
The collision of
well-intentioned western activists and imperilled activists in the Global South
illustrates the hazards of using global “naming and shaming” campaigns to apply
pressure to developing nations with the hope of improving human rights
In its recent report on
sexual exploitation in street gangs, the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England is eloquent on the need for better
protection of girls. It lacks any policy recommendation for a conscious
remodelling of young masculinity.
When it comes to gender based violence in Arab transition
contexts, it is not only state militarism we should be concerned about, but the
proliferation of militias and weapons across borders, argues Mariz Tadros
The key cleavage opens up between those
who have benefited under this ‘almost’ democracy and those who have been failed
by it. But, the dynamics of political conflict in Thailand do not fall within
the same framework as other global protest mobilisations.
of post-Arab spring violence against women down to a routine manifestation of
patriarchy and its allied misogyny in the societies concerned may unwittingly
shield power-holders from more searching scrutiny. What is at stake is no longer just women and their
bodies but the body politic itself, argues Deniz Kandiyoti.
The right not to be enslaved is one
of the two absolute human rights that cannot be violated on any ground
whatsoever. However, 65 years after its denunciation, slavery continues to
resist the corpus of human rights. Why the asymmetry ?
When they claim that Otpor was an American
operation to unseat Milosevic, they do not bother to explain why all these
other organizations were fighting Milosevic, some for years before Otpor joined
the fight. Were they all American puppets?
For many anarchists, real liberation manifests itself through flashpoint: sudden, unannounced acts of violence. These people see themselves at war with the world, and are often derisive towards broader organizing. But successful resistance movements - whether violent or nonviolent - need community or solidarity to succeed.
is one of the co-authors of the recently published booklet,
Freedom in Diversity. Ten Lessons for
Public Policy from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.
Here, for openDemocracy, he brings the lessons close to home.
The revolutionary left denounces Russell Brand, but the poor know he is right. His lack of a proper alternative doesn't hurt his analysis of what is wrong. People must realise how many skills are available on the street that should be used to replace the old, corrupt system.
The UK Government's Extremism Taskforce report came out yesterday, containing recommendations that will simply further stigmatise Muslim communities. A drastic change in how we talk about "terrorism" is needed, not to mention counter-terrorism policies based on the risks we actually face.
‘Marca tu Voto’ has been accused of being a
leftist movement that wants to transform Chile into a Chavez-like political
project. These claims are hotly contested, and 410,000
people marked the first ballot - the biggest instance of political
activism since the student protests of 2011.
Kotsyuba (Krytyka, Ukraine) speaks
with Sławomir Sierakowski (Krytyka
Polityczna, Poland) about the events in the aftermath of Ukrainian
President’s decision not to sign the Association and Free Trade Agreement with
the European Union.
Flashpoints are moments of resistance - often violent - against systems of oppression. Can such actions build social movements or do they destroy solidarity and community? Yalla Matame argues in favor of their potential and Bellamy responds to her arguments here.