British MPs have invited an Indian politician widely accused of having
committed crimes against humanity in his Gujarat state more than a decade ago.
It is not a crisis but an opportunity: Universal Jurisdiction may be invoked to
get moving abroad the wheels of justice, which have failed to catch up with him
There is a current global environmental crisis and Africa is part
of it. But as aggressive resource extraction ravages the African environmental
landscape, can the answer to Africa’s ‘crisis’ lie within?
Five years after the Russian-Georgian
war, Georgian Premier Bidzina Ivanishvili has announced that Tbilisi is ready
for direct talks with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It is an acknowledgment of
the fact that improving relations with Russia alone is not sufficient for
conflict resolution. Liana Fix offers her analysis of the situation.
Protest, like marriage, means re-imagining relations to self and other. The Taksim Square Book Club - in which demonstrators in Istanbul stood silently and read books - used reflection as a riposte to state brutality. The ethical imagination is at the root of this.
A series of public events in
Wrocław, Poland’s European Capital of Culture in 2016, have been disrupted by
radicals. Those responsible are not only supported by the main right-wing opposition party. They
have also received strong material support from the present Polish government.
has charged five Palestinian teenagers for having allegedly thrown stones at a
settler’s car. They face 25 years to life imprisonment for attempted murder.
Yet again, the system punishes the crime while being blind to the triggering
Gezi Park presented Erdoğan with a golden opportunity, one that could also have
helped Turkish democracy part company from the tendency of powerful political
parties to drift into populism-fuelled authoritarianism.
Israeli Jewish intellectuals, activists and politicians over the years have
spoken out clearly for a one-state solution. They were very aware of the consequences of war and conflict, and
arrived at the conclusion that we must live together, sharing food, water,
resources, and even politics.
Twin disaffection on the part of both Syrians
and Palestinians in Jordan should be put in historical context. Both Palestinians and Syrians
can claim historical links to Jordan, including arguments of political control
and ownership, which may now surface more strongly.
Mutual fear may
prevail and the use of force be felt necessary. Exactly this plays into the
hands of the parasites inside the apparatus who are busy transforming
themselves into a self-governing body within the state (especially the Interior
Ministry) that can exploit, if not directly manipulate, such contradictions.
new Emir swiftly congratulated the interim Egyptian president, Adly Mansour,
who was appointed by the Egyptian army. This was in stark contrast to the fatwa
issued on July 6, 2013 by Al Qaradawi, openly calling on the Egyptian people to
defy the army and maintain support for Morsi.
827 people have died during or following police contact since 2004. Families have struggled
hard for justice, encountering multiple failures and police collusion from the
IPCC. Why is police accountability failing in this most serious of issues?
Visitors to the Amsterdam Museum are now met with the
immodest claim that tolerance is part and parcel of the “Amsterdam DNA”. The
concept of tolerance as understood now, and in bygone decades, needs critical
interrogation if we are to advance a good society for all.
The export of policing is a global growth
industry in which the UK plays a major role. Recent years have seen the proliferation
of private security company involvement in international policing, often staffed
by former UK police officers.
International organizing has been and will continue to be one of the strongest forces propelling human rights forward. But the best way to realize human rights on the ground across multiple national contexts is surely to place primacy on local advocates working within their own environments. A contribution to Stephen Hopgood's debate.
The truly revolutionary forces, the youth, the student movements, the un-coopted left and the unions, have yet to crystallize and present a credible, practical & feasible vision to the Egyptian people.