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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Unpacking ‘the 99 per cent’

Occupy has spotlighted the super-elite, but the ‘average Brit’ that is pitted against this class does not exist. For the struggle to empower all citizens to succeed in Britain, mapping actual wealth distribution is critical. 

Nationhood and the multitude: a new form of political subject?

In the frantic search to find an agreed name for emerging forms of collective agency, ‘the nation’ is frequently presented as an outdated inconvenience. This hasty generalisation fails to acknowledge the term’s continuing role in propping-up ‘invisible’ forms of state domination and, more importantly, its potential function as part of a critical biopolitics.   

No going back

Only recently, we were the world’s worst failed state. Look at us today.

Six characters in search of a country - the Italian vote elsewhere in Europe

As Italy is heading to the polls on Sunday for ‘the most important election in 30 years’, the vote of Italians living abroad will partly determine the formation of the next government. How do these expats feel about Italian politics, and how are they going to vote?

Qatar moving closer to Algeria?

The intensification of economic cooperation - which is very advantageous to both – might be a way to achieve a deepening of political relations, in the context of a possible evolution of regional diplomacy on the part of the two countries.

Whose news is it anyway?

There is no way back to an untranslated world: in our globalised era, we want to know what is happening elsewhere and we want to hear it from real people.

Kenya’s elections: a make or break moment?

Critically, international election observers (including around 70 observers from the EU) must maintain a strong local presence throughout the election period. The international community must not be caught unprepared again. 

Ulyanovsk: no homes for heroes, but plenty of money for an art prize

Many aging Russian WWII veterans live in appalling conditions, and some die before they can cash a government rehousing grant. By law, families should inherit the money, but some regions deny them it. In Sergei Gogin’s native Ulyanovsk, authorities seem to prefer spending the money on vanity projects abroad.

What the BBC conceals on private prisons research

The national broadcaster fails to inform the public that ‘independent’ research urging more prison privatisation was funded by private prisons contractors.

Syria's war, Israel's trap

The prospect of a chaotic endgame in Syria and more instability in Egypt is leading Israel further in the direction of a "fortress-state". This military entrenchment reflects not strength but vulnerability.

The Bangla Language Movement and Ghulam Azam

As the world celebrates International Mother Language Day in memory of the Bangla Language Movement, Bangladeshis at Shabagh would do well to understand one of its forgotten language soldiers.

Home Secretary, please call off the attack on kidney patient Roseline Akhalu

If Theresa May wins her legal battle to have a Leeds transplant patient deported to Nigeria, Roseline Akhalu dies. If Roseline wins, where is the harm?

Speak softly but carry a big stick: India’s Pink Sari revolution

While the group uses reason and dialogue to act as mediator in domestic disagreements, in some cases however, the women have resorted to use of the lathis when the offenders refuse to listen.

Quetta’s enduring savagery: ethnic cleansing or sectarian violence?

Ethnic cleansing is a crime under international law. In the case of Pakistan, we see a cold-hearted and detached response by the federal government. Who then should be held accountable for these ruthless killings? 

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of homeschooling

The increasing presence of homeschoolers on the US election campaign trail testifies to the growing strength of this highly organized constituency.  Could they rival the influence of labor unions?

Resisting the other of the ‘war on terror’: lessons from Japanese internment camps?

Though intended to be temporary in nature, Agamben argues that the ‘state of exception’ has become a permanent fixture of democratic governance. This ‘war’, declared by the US and its allies against a tactic, and therefore unbound by time or space, is ongoing.

Fighting the developers in Kyiv

The fate of historic buildings is a global hot topic, but this month activists occupying an old trading complex in Ukraine’s capital to try to stop its redevelopment had to deal with a real fire destroying their ‘Friendly Republic’. Marta Dyczok sees here a metaphor for the country as a whole.   

ESSAY COMPETITION: Do the media facilitate or threaten the administration of justice in England and Wales?

The Howard League for Penal Reform launches this year’s John Howard Essay Prize on OurKingdom. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 15 MARCH

Children with mental health needs and low IQ caught up in the criminal justice system

A new report from Prison Reform Trust’s Care not Custody programme offers professionals practical advice on helping vulnerable young people in England and Wales.

Marina Goldovskaya: documenting modern Russia

London’s Pushkin House is hosting a retrospective of Russian director Marina Goldovskaya’s documentaries under the heading ‘Russia since Perestroika'. Masha Karp reflects on Goldovskaya’s distinctive art and the issues raised in her films.