This week's editor


Adam Ramsay is co-editor of OurKingdom.

Beware, secret trade deals can seriously damage your health

Freedom of Information requests to disclose TPP texts have failed on the grounds that they are a matter of “national security”.

An academy for global civics

In order to navigate our increasing interdependence, we need a mental map to help us decide what sort of a rapport we wish to have with billions of others with whom we share our planet and destinies, but not our citizenship. And for that we need forums.

Emerging ‘Unipolarity’ in Turkey’s political landscape

The issues change almost on a weekly basis, but the problem only becomes worse - the AKP’s slide into the grey area between majoritarian democracy and authoritarianism.

Internationalizing rights-based resistance in China: the UN Human Rights Council and the citizen

Chinese activists are gradually strengthening the framing of domestic grievances with the vocabulary of international human rights, marking a departure from locality-specific episodes of contention.

Remembering the Tagore-Noguchi letters

The revealing letters of two prominent intellectuals from almost a century ago resonate in contemporary choices between a 'realist' endorsement of nationalism and war and the pursuit of a cosmopolitan global order.

Meet the Somalis: choose a story

These are little stories, vignettes that offer unique insights into the every day struggles of Somali migrants living in the cities of Europe.

The climate cliff: nuclear echoes

During the cold war, nuclear near-catastrophe provoked an enlightened political response. Will history be repeated over the climate emergency?

France’s unfinished business in Mali

Terrorism, extremism, and independence were, and remain, marginal nuisances nibbling on the Malian political and security scenes.

When personal courage saved the world

In actual decision-making situations like the one Petrov faced on his watch at the command centre, group dynamics, not geopolitical considerations, prevail.

Winter chill over Hungary’s autumn

The only electoral promise Fidesz has fulfilled has been the “restoration of order”, through a myriad of laws, decrees and regulations, a particularly harsh new Penal Code and several new organizations.

Observations on the identity amendments to the Egyptian constitution

Right now, we must seek to overcome this tough historic moment without burdening Egyptians with a battle of no winners at all.

The journey from Iraq to Camelot

I had her phone number, and tried to call her several times after I returned to Kirkuk, but no one picked up the phone. I hope that she found her ‘Camelot’ in the end.

Preventing more Hungarys – a stronger human rights architecture for the EU

The EU is becoming increasingly involved in policy areas that many consider the holy grail of national sovereignty. How did this come about? The short answer is: Hungary.

Beyond Lampedusa: from the globalisation of indifference to collective mobilisation?

If we could think and mobilize globally for the environment, what exactly is it that impedes the international community from doing the same for migration?

Mexican beheading: how to deal with real violence on the internet

Shying away and blocking out violence, however, is never a permanent solution. We have become the intimate witnesses of real horror. 

Black Bloc discussion and the radicalisation of debate in Brazil’s public sphere

The disproportionate use of violence in peaceful protests in Brazil quickly led to a radicalization of its protests. But who was responsible?

American politics: beyond angels and demons

Smart people with good hearts disagree about the nature of almost everything in the world. So what lies ahead? This is the first in a series of articles about the promise and perils of “trans-partisan politics”.

Why are the rulers of Saudi Arabia losing their cool?

Every time the Gulf States’ rulers justify their support for violent rebels in Syria or the military regime in Egypt by appealing to the unalienable right of peoples to basic rights and representative governance, they legitimize the Arab Spring in the eyes of their own peoples, too.

Greek modern populism in its European context

The new composition of the European Parliament after the elections in 2014 is expected to be rather different. It is estimated that the number of anti-Europeans and Eurosceptics will increase from around 100 to around 200 MEPs in a total of 751 seats, reinforcing the presence of radical parties.

Argumentum ad wikipedium and what the social sciences might learn

Sadly, the hallmark of a contemporary academic career has become the invention of a new term, whether or not the subject matter requires it.

Syria, the next blowback

The balance of forces inside Syria and across the region makes current United States strategy perilous.

Thick walls and bullet proof windows

The whole structure is designed to look like any other building both outside and inside.The goal was to give the client a sense of security without giving them the feeling that they were in a bunker.

Ruthless regimes not impervious to civil resistance: A reply to Maged Mandour

There is little systematic evidence to suggest that “ruthlessness” is, in and of itself, a critical variable.

Love at the barrel of a gun

Violence can only be overcome by love. An armed intruder meets an unexpected response at an elementary school in Georgia.

Perpetual war: does the global war on terror ever end?

In an excerpt from Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield Jeremy Scahill traces how the US, who once focused its attentions on "rogue states," became a rogue superpower itself, engaged in endless war. 

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