In a surprisingly short amount of time Brazil's Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) have come to be seen by many as the party of the establishment. The result has been a swathe of protest votes that have cost Dilma Rousseff an electoral majority and lead to a second round in which the Greens, though eliminated, may yet play a deciding role.
When social change movements of all kinds are under attack, progressives need to build coalitions and to talk to one another as never before. Feminist models and methodologies can enrich every social change movement
The vivid image of democracy - in colour orange - made many Europeans emotionally attached to the idea of Ukrainian EU membership. That is likely to change, writes Andreas Umland. The country is today facing a dangerous anti-democratic challenge — from the new President’s authoritarian turn on the one hand and from a new right-radical movement on the other.
Next month NATO members meet in Lisbon to agree on a new Strategic Concept. Rebecca Johnson argues that if we treated nuclear weapons as the previous century’s problem to be disposed of, instead of fetishizing them as instruments of high strategic value, we would stand a far better chance of maintaining global security
Fresh from productive confrontation with Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, Dmitry Medvedev has waded into the Belarusian presidential election campaign. Appearing in a videoblog on Sunday, he accused Alexander Lukashenko of hiding behind “external enemies” in an attempt to cling onto power. For all it tells us about worsening relations between Luksahenko and the Kremlin however, Mikhail Zakharov remains unconvinced that this alone will be enough to remove the Belarusian leader.
‘American policy makers should understand religion better and engage with religious communities abroad’ argues the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Zainal Abidin Bagir responds to the report's co-author R. Scott Appleby.
The social democrats and the moderate right in Sweden have both abandoned the idea of the nation, leaving it to the extreme right. Listen to Professor Lars Tragardth of the Institute for Civil Society Studies at Ersta Sköndal University College in Stockholm on the Swedish election result (audio, 34mins)