We need to understand what the
Syrians want, fear, believe, and why they act in the way they do. It is not an
easy task. But it is the only way if you really hold that the future of Syria
must be in the hands of the Syrian people and not in the hands of external
The crisis in Mali highlights the distinctive character and trajectory of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. A group forged in reactivity and ambiguity, marked by fluid leadership and unarticulated doctrine, finds itself at a crossroads, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou.
has two populisms: “the populism of
the dispirited”, mobilising those who struggled to adjust to life in the new
Poland; and a form of neo-liberal populism, embracing free market capitalism
and excluding those who did not prosper. Both have deep roots in
For the Kenyan novelist,
playwright and essayist, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, power through cultural subjugation was the
principal tool of colonialism. The monuments of Nairobi can be read as a history
of cultural artefacts used by the coloniser to dominate and subjugate the
French parliamentarians –
left or right, including the Socialist Speaker of the House – stick tooth and
nail to their perks. The opposition is crying out against what they call being
taken back to the times of Robespierre's “Terror” under the French Revolution.
different is Greece? The beginning of wisdom about the current Greek crisis is
to recognize that it is fundamentally political, and that it has been long in
the making. Greece’s failure is the outcome of a long process during which
populism prevailed over liberalism and became hegemonic in society.
While states attempt to assert their relevance in a global age through both multiculturalism and top-down nationalism, new models of identity and strategies of participation need to be developed to deal with the co-existing phenomena of national experience and cosmopolitanism.
year, Marine Le Pen came third in the French presidential elections, following
a campaign seeking to de-demonise the party and make it more attractive to a
broader electorate. While it is arguable whether her strategy was entirely
successful, the changes made may well have long-term consequences.
simple truth unpalatable to Eurozone authorities is that small peripheral EU economies
and even big economies like Spain and Italy, are victims, not designers of the
liberalised financial architecture that was built way back in 1992, repeating earlier
twentieth century failed experiments that led to financial
crisis, immiseration and war.
The justification for the
‘rescue’ plan for Cyprus appears reasonable: taxpayers should not have to pay
for the costly mistakes of bankers and ‘tax havens’ should be eliminated. But the
‘bail-in’ plan does not achieve these objectives.
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