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 ?
It was only in 1990
that one of twentieth century India’s finest minds, principal author of its
constitution and campaigner against caste oppression, B.R. Ambedkar, was
conferred this honour, 34 years after his death.
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.
new campaign by the UK Government’s Home Office, This Is Abuse, is
a critical step to preventing violence against women and girls, but the Department
for Education’s failure to support it is baffling, says Holly Dustin
is one of the co-authors of the recently published booklet,
Freedom in Diversity. Ten Lessons for
Public Policy from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.
Here, for openDemocracy, he brings the lessons close to home.
The revolutionary left denounces Russell Brand, but the poor know he is right. His lack of a proper alternative doesn't hurt his analysis of what is wrong. People must realise how many skills are available on the street that should be used to replace the old, corrupt system.
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.
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)
If Brussels doesn’t learn its lesson from
a tactical defeat by Russia and prepare a plan for secure economic integration
with Ukraine, tens of millions of Europeans will remain outside of the EU’s
have the capacity to both emancipate and control individuals and their choices. Our
pre-occupation should then concern the intrinsic moral values of users and
their commitment to democratic citizenship and human rights.
The poet Langston Hughes was both of and ahead of his time. In Twitter-friendly, succinct verses, he exposed injustice and the plight of the downtrodden. His work connects us to other times and ways of thinking
There was uproar in India at the
brutal gang rape of a 23 year old student on her way home from the cinema. Can
we harness the international attention to this case to demand that the world's
leaders commit themselves to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against
women in the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda?
These highly complex systems literally disintegrate the
spatial and geographical unity of political subjects, that is citizens, into
streams of rights-less digital bits of data flow. No democratic system can survive and thrive in this context. But there
is no going back.
We need to learn, or re-learn, how to build comradeship and solidarity instead of doing capital’s work for it by condemning and abusing each other. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we must always agree – on the contrary, we must create conditions where disagreement can take place without fear of exclusion and excommunication.
If by any chance a rogue group gets hold
of CW – even from an entirely different source – and uses them, we will be back
to the prospect of missile strikes again. Knowing that to be the case, some
rogue groups may well set out to provoke just that.