There is a dark side to globalisation, yet the losers rarely get their
moment in the spotlight. Recently however, attention has become fixed on
a particularly disenfranchised group: Somali pirates. Their story is a
good illustration of some of the worst relations forged by
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.
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 ?
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.
The international community has addressed Afghanistan through
an ethnic prism. As anxiety grows about the future after international forces
leave in 2014, a trajectory needs to be established towards a post-ethnic
society--and the dispersed diaspora can play a role.
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.
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.
Today Transformation published the first article in our debate on flashpoint action. Yalla Matame argued that flashpoints are a way of creating and radicalizing larger social movements. On 6th December we will publish Bellamy's response. Here is a reading list for the interested reader to find out more
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.
The Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo was the occasion for renewed demands that the state account for the brutal ending of its war with the Tamil Tigers in 2009. But Sri Lanka's appalling human-rights record does not only apply to its violent past: today too civil-society organisations are under heavy authoritarian pressure.
There is a backlash against women’s agency in Northern
Ireland in a number of different ways, all of which impact on the ability of
women to participate fully in initiatives intended to deal with the legacy of the past and support the transition
out of conflict, says Margaret Ward
Walmart has been extremely hostile to the concept of worker
collective voice, and this hostility, in time, led to it becoming a major
innovator in anti-union tactics. But labour is organising differently and fighting back.
Unimpressed by the savvy
interviews with new oligarchs advertising their art and charity credentials,
and nervous expats’ claims that the country is improving by leaps and bounds,
Theroux doesn’t pull any punches. (Book review)
Is it not contradictory that Modi
stands exonerated of any role in the pogrom of over 3,000 Muslims in Gujarat
whose Chief Minister he was, whereas even the construction of a toilet or
fixing of a lamppost is squarely attributed to Modi’s personal achievement in
the area of development?