Those familiar with Syria before the conflict
would recognize that xenophobic sentiments are contrary to the cultural DNA of
Syria. But fears of difference have become much more entrenched as a result of
the bloody conflict and the absence of a just authority.
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?
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.
Promotion appears everywhere, so much so that we no longer notice. This is not just about explicit selling and buying. The promotional arms race has seeped into all fields, powerfully re-shaping individuals, organisations and our wider society.
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.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, a seemingly trivial administrative
issue ignited an unprecedented movement of civic resistance across the
country's old dividing lines. Understanding the message of defiance was directed against them all, politicians tried the
old trick of 'divide and rule' – only to be ridiculed by protesters.
Steven Pinker claims to prove
scientifically that the world is now more peaceful, accusing some critics of
succumbing to myth. The author argues that Pinker is promoting a
fictitious, colonialist image of a backward ‘Brutal Savage’, which pushes the
debate back over a century and is still used to destroy tribes. (Long review)
become a new slogan tagged on walls all over the cities, and expressing the
need for a return to civility and call for politeness in Turkish public life. Gezi
occupation reveals to us all, how “public square” becomes literally vital for
openDemocracy calls itself a digital commons - but what does that really mean - and is it a sustainable model in a digital landscape dominated by tech giants? Dan Hind starts a conversation on digital commons and what they offer the future of the internet.
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dialogue and debate. But a global debate without the female half of
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-Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS