Proposals to cut legal aid and judicial review in Britain will make it harder for people fighting for their rights to challenge the government's cuts agenda, and will remove one of the few lifelines to justice for asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented workers, says Kate Blagojevic.
Balchin was a founding sister of openDemocracy 50.50 and a leading contributor to our
dialogue on Gender Politics and Religion which explores the impact of the global resurgence of
religion in public life on women's human rights, and examines the possibilities for gender equality and pluralism.
Everywhere the Arab uprisings have
been confronted by the entrenched vested interests of old regimes, the
so-called ‘deep state’ in Egypt, and by Islamist populism. The alignment of
regional powers, following geopolitical interests, has sharpened the sectarian
lines. But these alignments are not somehow essential to the region.
Tunisia’s second high-profile political assassination
highlights the gravest shortcoming of the nascent Islamist
government: the inability to contain the violence that increasingly threatens
Tunisia’s fragile transition - a
violence set to divide loyalties and destroy social cohesion, foreclosing any
prospects of a viable democracy or a stable society.
Dvortsevoy’s films may have won plaudits internationally, but his
uncompromising observational style and ethical stance keep them out of the
multiplexes in Russia. Zygmunt Dzieciolowski interviewed this
Once upon a time publishers sold content to readers, and readers to advertisers. This two-fold market is being destroyed by the same technology that enables writers and readers to engage with each other in ever more sophisticated ways. But, argues Tony Curzon Price, audiences that recognise their collective economic power could handsomely fund the media they want.
The bottom-line is that revolution is too loose a category to
describe what is happening in Egypt. The real fight is not between
revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces but between different strategies
that lay claim to the idea of revolution.
visión general confirma que la inclusión y participación de las mujeres en los
actuales procesos de paz sólo se evidencia en la retórica al encontrar una gran
resistencia dentro de la profundamente arraigada tradición masculina de
diplomacia y resolución de conflictos. Read in English.
Bettering education has always been seen as the key to reducing the number of people on benefits, but are we addressing the angle from the right direction. What would happen if there was more security when studying – and learning – a new skill?
One of Britain's most distinguished political theorists on republicanism, freedom, Machiavelli, Hobbes, the Reformation, Shakespeare, Milton and much more. Has modern society lost touch with Roman conceptions of freedom, and at what cost?
of the debate revolved around the use of the word ‘coup’ in describing what had
happened, not merely an issue of great symbolic importance but mainly a crucial
determinant of continued American aid.
In the first article of our new debate on the Left in Poland, Anna Grodzka MP discusses her party, the Palikot Movement, and its commitment to freeing up and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of the Polish people.
A survey of on-going peace processes confirms mere lip service is still being paid to women’s inclusion and participation within the powerfully embedded male tradition of diplomacy and peace building. Leer in Español.
The American government treats Edward Snowden like a member of al-Qaeda or the Baader-Meinhof Group. This violation of Snowden's human rights illustrates how governments tend to seriously restrict their citizens' freedoms by overreacting to an exposure of the vulnerability of the state. Then there is the fact that I hesitate to write this...
Mikhail Borisovich, we’re having such a lovely time in London – weather is
fabulous, the shops are SO good! Sorry we haven’t been in touch, but we are
just so busy defending democracy! Wish you were here.”
adoption of this EU directive might be the first step towards a much needed
‘paradigm shift’ that will no longer enable Israel to dismiss the EU’s voice as
‘unpleasant background noise’, the phrase used by foreign ministry spokesman
Yigal Palmor in 2012.