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 ?
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.
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.
Today Transformation published the first article in our debate on flashpoint action. Yalla Matame argued that flashpoints are a way of creating and radicalizing larger social movements. On 6th December we will publish Bellamy's response. Here is a reading list for the interested reader to find out more
If we are to have any chance of addressing
trafficking, Anne Gallagher argues that we should work towards the elimination
of labour recruitment fees; advocate for a global minimum wage; and look at
ways of criminalizing the knowing or reckless use of the services of a victim
Walmart has been extremely hostile to the concept of worker
collective voice, and this hostility, in time, led to it becoming a major
innovator in anti-union tactics. But labour is organising differently and fighting back.
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)
Is it not contradictory that Modi
stands exonerated of any role in the pogrom of over 3,000 Muslims in Gujarat
whose Chief Minister he was, whereas even the construction of a toilet or
fixing of a lamppost is squarely attributed to Modi’s personal achievement in
the area of development?
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
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.
No, Shell are merely hoping that the
government will succeed in “pacifying” the Ogoni and then they will move in
proudly and calmly to continue to steal. They are in for a fight they will
We are realising that the 'free' services we use online
carry huge hidden costs. A totally administered society is being built from
billions of moments of self-disclosure. Here Jonny LeRoy, the Head of
Technology at ThoughtWorks North America, describes what's at stake, and how we can
put an end to the harvesting of what it means to be human.
In Romania traditional livelihoods and rare animal species are about to give way to a bizarre, private project to introduce American buffalo. It's part of a rural exodus, and EU law will make future land grabs even easier.