In which our author underestimates the good vibrations in British Film
Week in Morocco, enjoys a good steel band, and rejoices in the grit of a
woman called Rabha. In Part Two he returns to the vexed question of language, concluding that the choice is between
isolation and opening up.
year the UK police are disproportionately stopping and searching large numbers of
Black and Asian people for drug possession, amounting to mass police interference
in everyday life. Is an answer decriminalising drug possession?
American politicians often talk as if human rights were only relevant in
other countries, but grassroots organisations are increasingly using the human rights framework to win social and economic rights for the poorest and most marginalised people in the US. Cathy Albisa, director of the National Economic and Social Rights Inititative, spoke to Meredith Tax
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
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.
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.
When they claim that Otpor was an American
operation to unseat Milosevic, they do not bother to explain why all these
other organizations were fighting Milosevic, some for years before Otpor joined
the fight. Were they all American puppets?
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
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.
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.
‘Marca tu Voto’ has been accused of being a
leftist movement that wants to transform Chile into a Chavez-like political
project. These claims are hotly contested, and 410,000
people marked the first ballot - the biggest instance of political
activism since the student protests of 2011.
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.