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.
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.
Images of women and the brutal violence against them, whether committed by
the Army, Police, Muslim Brotherhood or thugs, are commodities that sell a certain shade
of patriarchy to the people, says Zainab Magdy.
The introduction of the Destitution
Domestic Violence concession in 2012 giving some migrant victims access to public
funds was widely welcomed. However, while many have long waits for benefits,
others still do not have a safety net to escape violence.
There is a backlash against women’s agency in Northern
Ireland in a number of different ways, all of which impact on the ability of
women to participate fully in initiatives intended to deal with the legacy of the past and support the transition
out of conflict, says Margaret Ward
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?
Trafficking and sexual exploitation are an integral part of armed
conflict and its aftermath. Madeleine Rees argues that the lack of political
will and an interpretation of law that works in favour of perpetrators -
including those working
in international peace keeping institutions - must be addressed
Yakin Erturk reflects on the six years she spent working as the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, and argues that in order to build a gender- just peace, dis-empowering patriarchy and engaging with the feminist agenda of empowering women must be the guiding principle for all peace initiatives.
The attempt to get the Afghan parliament to ratify a key law
on violence against women ended in a fiasco and has been angrily dismissed as
the politicking of a single ambitious female politician. But the controversies
around the EVAW law show that there are no perfect strategies available to
women activists in Afghanistan.
Revolutions take time. The French
Revolution was followed by years of terror and conflict before stability. Arab women
have discovered through their revolutions that they can have a voice, and this,
says Monique Villa, is the seed of hope for the future.
Rape has been recognized as a war crime in international and Bosnian
law, but women survivors seldom receive the reparation they are owed.
Meanwhile, persistent male violence makes daily life in
Bosnia-Herzegovina a battleground for many women.
we live violence every day, how can we work for the development of our country
so that we can benefit from human rights like other countries and like other
women?" - Julienne Lusenge speaking about her work as a women's human
rights defender in the DRC
The old myths around rape persist. Many people still believe that 'serious' rape must be a violent attack. Now new voices are
entering the debate. They claim that legal and academic 'experts' are using rape myths to shut down discussion and subvert the law.
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
A new group of secular intellectuals in India argues that
the BJP’s real attitude towards women is based on a fascist communally-based
politics in which women are seen not as individuals with rights, but as bearers
of their community’s honour, to be protected or raped, depending who they are.
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?