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Trump's first hundred days
Youve decoded Derrida, mangled De Man, slurped Sollers, and cursed Kristeva. But what do you make of the new darling of French philosophy, Francois Deluges? After you, dear reader...
The sale of body parts is illegal in every country in the world except China and Iran. But an intrepid television reporter tracks down a production line that stretches from the villages of Moldova (now officially the poorest country in Europe) via Istanbul to Israel. She discovers that the organ business is thriving and even government funded.
There is more to Bonn, the WTO and the G8 than tear gas and cigar smoke. Their lesson, says the head of the International Chamber of Commerce, is that effective policy outcomes require the involvement of governments, business and NGOs alike.
An involved observer moves between the white overalls, the black block, and straw-hatted England in search of the truth behind the headlines. A vivid diary of the historic Genoa summit.
The trend of United States security policy reinforces the need for a fresh approach to international relations, argues an Iranian scholar of international affairs.
Land scarcity in Britain is a myth spun into fact by planning controls. To this extent Jules Lubbock is right. But the way towards individual freedom and community rebirth, says Prince Charless favourite architect, is not to collapse the controls, but through the careful release of millions of plots of land in variegated new settlements.
By the logic of New Labour Absolutely Fabulous promotes drunkenness and child abuse, and Fawlty Towers is offensive to Britains hoteliers.
Security policy differences between Europe and the US are real and growing. A researcher of international security and conflict mediation sketches those differences from missile defence and weaponisation of space to nuclear policy and arms control. Is US unilateralism a danger, and how should its allies respond?
The EU has enlarged, not diminished, freedom for Portugal: the liberating end to a purely national destiny, even with jaqizimhos no longer on the menu. A Portuguese writer describes how a disco night and a visit to Morocco helped reinforce a borderless confidence.
Silvio Berlusconis victory in the Italian general election returned the TV mogul to political power. But the Italian people were not brainwashed by his television stations. Rather, the skills and resources of his corporate machine allowed him to construct the right wing alliance which now dominates Italian politics.
The British general election is viewed from classical Athens... and found wanting.
Jules Lubbock is wrong: dismantle the planning system, and people will want three cars and an acre, as in the US. The result? An urban disaster.
Passion spills over the fields of green and brown where a calm assessment of real alternatives is needed. Progress towards sustainability is possible, but requires a portfolio approach that addresses the needs of different environments and geographical regions.
What if the roles were reversed? Would corporate chiefs throw chairs?
After the single-channel conformism of the 1970s and the free market typhoon of the 1980s, New Zealand is trying to establish a public service culture in a commercial broadcasting environment. The head of news at Channel 4 went there to learn, advise and report.
Democracy is spreading across the world, but so is disillusion about its workings. The key to the paradox is globalisation, says the Finnish foreign minister. Globalisation is potentially positive, but to make the best of it a common approach is needed, rather than them and us politics. The EU in particular must face this challenge, if it is to deserve the loyalty of its people.
Behind the conventional facade of the latest Worcester Woman in our series of interviews is a rich inner world, reflecting twentieth century pain and twenty-first century hopes.
Telling the stories and advancing the rights of indigenous peoples from the high Arctic to the World Bank has been Hugh Brodys life-work. Mapping the imaginative territory of hunter-gatherer lives, languages and perceptions, he draws fundamental conclusions about human nature. If the essence of our civilisation is revealed in its relationship with those beyond its frontier, what does that say about us? Anthony Barnett, Todd Gitlin, David Hayes and Tom Nairn ask the questions.
Two recent European films of human migration and disconnection, Paul Pawlikowskis Last Resort and Michael Hanekes Code Unknown, offer contrasting narratives of the immigrant-as-hero. But do they both give equal space to their characters and open up a true dialogue with their audiences?It is nearly half a century since, in his classic film essay The Gangster as Tragic Hero, Robert Warshow first drew the attention of cinema-goers to our perennial fascination with the hero-as-outsider.
If you think youve got a grip on language, this poet would like a word with you.
The net is rule-governed space as well as dynamic technology and business medium. But who wrote the rules? An ICANN pioneer tells openDemocracy the story of how the net community harnessed political imagination to create its own forms of governance, and asks: can a global civil society now emerge, with political parties to help make that governance accountable?
The inner politics of Czech television itself became the news last December, as staff protested another managerial change in the public broadcasting system. But was this a principled challenge to political interference, or a case of programme-makers run wild?
The US presidents transatlantic visit was marked by a major speech in Warsaw about Europes identity and expansion. In these extracts, George Bush challenges the false lines that still divide the continent, and articulates his vision of Nato enlargement to the borders of Russia.
In the perspective of history, George W Bush’s programme for Europe is flawed, Judith Herrin argues. Byzantine reality, not classical rhetoric, is the indispensable resource for modern understanding of the European Union’s responsibilities to its citizens and neighbours.
On the far side of sewage there is water. York overflows, Highgate invigorates, the River Itchen enchants. The author of Waterlog excavates the watery subconscious of the English landscape and sees reflected in it our need for intimacy and playfulness with nature.
The new urbanism represented by Richard Rogers is shallow and authoritarian. Its impulse to confine people in high-density settlements has disastrous social and economic effects. The truly radical answer is to dismantle the planning system, allow people to live where they wish, and nurture a creative mix between town and country. Let Swindon breathe, the Yorkshire Dales thrive, and Glasgow flourish!
The artist Arshile Gorky was a complex figure in denial of his past, haunted by a tragic history yet creating images of vigour and freshness that still astonish. Fifty years on, a fellow Armenian explores his mystery - and infuses her own ancestors with new life.
Politicians? Vicky would stop them running things at all. Labour looked promising once. But to a single mother, battling racism and postcode health, theyve failed to deliver fairness. She gives us her perspective in the following interview.
While it is attractive to toy with the idea of broadcasting left to a free market it is clear that this cannot maintain diversity of output.
The international conferences of the new world order are regularly seen through the eyes of media, protestors, and spin-doctors. But what is it like to be a participant? The director of the Overseas Development Institute was in Amsterdam to discuss poverty with the World Bank. This is his witty, compelling account.