concluding piece of the re-birth of the nation series, the debate’s editor asks
what these articles tell us about the left’s troubled relationship with ‘the
nation’. How might these arguments inform efforts to develop a thinking
politics outside of the party system?
A career in journalism took Francis Ghilès to the heart of power in the post-independence states of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. He saw at first hand how the oil and natural-gas industries in Algeria fuelled state ambitions, political rivalries and dreams of open frontiers. In a rich personal reflection, he asks whether the legacy of these years - including current threats to security and livelihood, from terrorism to unemployment - can lead the Maghreb and its European neighbour at last to cooperate in their shared interest.
On Tuesday, the Greek government announced the immediate closure of their public broadcaster, ERT. This simple piece of news from Greece came as a shock to the world. Yet this event is symptomatic of the relatonship between media and politics in today's world.
The political establishment has a
decisive role in determining the place of hatreds in society; with adequate
rules, laws and institutions it can marginalise and neutralise or, on the
contrary, tolerate and encourage them.
This sudden emergence of populism was in
fact a true sign of modernity. This is what you might describe as a warning
shot – and when you see it happen, you have to realize that something is very
wrong with democracy. An interview.
The women’s self-help movement is alive and kicking in Ukraine, with a range of group classes designed to get women out of the kitchen and into society. But with women outnumbering men — by 5:1 in popular conscience — is it surprising instruction is largely devoted to ‘catching one’s man’?
The Modi camp seems to have studied Chinese success in keeping saturation control over the media. But Indians
are split along caste, language, dialect, regional, religion, not to speak of
class. India is vastly different from Germany.
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-Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS