How will this Political Isolation Law benefit Libya? The manner in which it was passed has set a precedent for rule by intimidation and has undermined Libya's transition towards democracy, justice and rule of law.
The influx of journalists, writers, thinkers and generally socially engaged expatriates, alongside a growing class of civically minded Qataris ensures that these dark sides no longer remain hidden from view.
After the government pushed through its widely opposed privatisation regulations it is time now to focus on the big trade deals and look to the G8 meeting in June. There is a reason the public are being told nothing about them - because they won't like what they hear.
Republicanism offers a persuasive guide to the political shaping of markets. A basic income could be the foundation of a democratic republican economy that frees all citizens from the commodification of labour.
Watch the debate with Graham Watson MEP (ALDE Group Leader) and Martin Callanan MEP (ECR Group Leader), moderated by Peter O’Donnell, covering many of the key issues for debate. What would Britain actually lose?
the many questions raised by the recent attack, Turkey has been accused of intentionally
neglecting border security to allow the Free Syrian Army and international
jihadists to use Turkish soil along the border as a base.
During the re-writing of history after Margaret Thatcher's death, a story remained untold. This was the support the Iron Lady enjoyed from some Black activists, due not least to the crushing of the 'racist' union movement.
American radical feminist Shulamith Firestone
was a leading theorist of 70s feminism who died a lonely death last summer.
Responding to Susan Faludi’s psychological profile of Firestone in The New Yorker last month, Kathleen B.
Jones examines Firestone’s contribution to women’s liberation
One lesson from the 1979 Iranian revolution and the
2011 Arab revolutions is that activists seeking to promote women’s rights,
human rights and the transition to democracy must challenge patriarchy from
within the Muslim legal tradition.
Europe can make
sense only insofar as it becomes a space which makes it easier to get rid of
the fear that the crisis is disseminating within the social fabric, a space
where it is more viable to struggle against poverty, exploitation, and
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