This week's editor


Adam Ramsay is co-editor of OurKingdom.

Nelson Mandela knew when to talk and when to fight

To effect social transformation, fighting is essential, but if we take fighting too far then we risk destroying what we are trying to create.

Singapore migrants riot, websites chill, but Yale-in-Singapore keeps warm

The fallout from these abuses of labor and freedom of speech casts a long shadow on Yale-NUS' hopes to become an international hub for liberal education.

Un espejo doloroso

10 años después de que la Comisión de la Verdad y Reconciliación del Perú publicara su informe final sobre las dos décadas de conflicto armado, ¿cuál es el impacto del trabajo de la comisión en la sociedad? English.

Peru's painful mirror

10 years after Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report following two decades of armed conflict, what is the impact on Peruvian society? Español

Bosnian census risks deepening ethnic rifts

Politicians rush to claim triumph for their own particular group, even though census data on ethnicity have not come out yet.

Iran, hopes and fears

The improved relations between Washington and Tehran could become part of a wider realignment that allows progress in ending Syria's war.

Mandela: explaining the magnetism

While the world stops for Nelson Mandela’s departure from it, his iconic status is unquestioned. Yet there is a more complicated underlying narrative to tell.

From guns to gardening: ending the illegal arms trade

Illegal firearms, mostly smuggled in from the USA, are fuelling violence in Mexico. In response, thousands of guns have been transformed into gardening tools, musical instruments and public art.

Why the UN needs our support this Human Rights Day

Many report a determined pushback from quarters which deny that universal human rights even exist, let alone admit that a growing international framework for upholding these standards is necessary.

Piracy: navigating the dark side of globalisation

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 globalisation.

For my Dad: on what’s wrong with, ‘Being liberal’

The historical misdirection involved in 'being liberal' persists today and affects those vulnerable to ideological revisionism. We must protect them.

The invisible men with the arms

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

Transforming anger into nonviolent power

Anger is reasonable and justified in the face of abuse and exploitation. What matters is what we do with it.

Reds, yellows and the fruits of neglect

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.

Mandela, icon

What is it that we see when we look into its smiling eyes?  Above all, it is for his humanity and what I would like to call his historic warmth that Nelson Mandela will be remembered.

Is slavery invincible?

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 ?

Alternative horizons - understanding Occupy's politics

Occupy is to be assessed, firstly, in terms of the alternative public space that it creates and the mutual recognition between individuals that (in however fragile a fashion) it brings into existence. 

Smashing egoism: against flashpoint action

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. 

Afghanistan: beyond ethnicity

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.

I am a Muslim, not a terrorist

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.

Seeking safety in Algeria: Syrian refugee women’s resilience

For many Syrian women in Algeria, the gendered experience of violence and displacement has been compounded by the discrimination they now face as women refugees, says Latefa Guemar.

Al-Qaida, Nigeria, and a long war

The strategy of the United States and its allies in face of the "al-Qaida idea" will prolong not settle the global war.

Who is the biggest supporter of Ukraine?

Oleh 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.

Universal message sent from Taksim: Hier stehe ich und kann nicht anders

Protesters are concerned with asserting that they ‘exist’ and furthermore that they ‘exist with their own ideas, beliefs and ways of life’. But, why?

Pakistan: drones and duplicity

US drone attacks on Pakistan attract populist political protests. But official Pakistan is being less than honest, with public and private attitudes at variance.

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