How can we have openness and security? March 19 - 25 on openDemocracy
“How can we have openness and security?” asks our freshly expanded openSecurity.
25 March 2012
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One of its new debates Peacebuilding: southern perspectives was
immediately swept up in the furore over the #Kony2012 video.
35,000 readers turned to Kennedy
Tumutegyereize’s painstaking response: he shows
that ending the violence and insecurity of the Lord's Resistance Army demands
local solutions not US military advisers in northern Uganda. Its second
debate, Beyond Enemy Images, also launches in a gripping week,
as the Toulouse shootings shine a media spotlight on the Muslim as hostile
Other, a theme visited in various ways by Sunder Katwala, Ali Khan, Fahad Ansari and Wasseem El Sarraj.
In a devastating double feature, Iraqi
Tripp tell us what has happened to
Iraq: while in Egypt, 50.50 writer Leila
Zaki Chakravarti sets out a cultural reading of
the football carnage at Port Said in February and is joined by Ahmed Badawi’s
two-part exploration of Egypt’s security
institutions and conspiracy
thinking as method.
The perverse effects of military
intervention preoccupy Paul Rogers as he examines the
huge loss of life, injury and trillions of dollars wasted in Afghanistan, where
the outcome brings the viability of Nato itself into question. Omid Memerian argues
that threat of assault on Iran can only concentrate the power of the extreme factions to suppress dissidents and reach out to public opinion in the
region; while Madawi al-Rasheed warns that Saudi
sponsorship of a Syrian jihad may cause both the Levant and
the Arabian peninsula to descend into long civil wars.
often leaves our comfort zones and this week Rebecca Johnson revisits the Fukushima nuclear disaster, its systemic failings,
inadequate technical and emergency back-ups, bureaucratic complacency and weak
regulation. Is the British Kingdom any better than Japan? Andrew Robertson discovers just how
many members' of the House of Lords' have a direct financial interest in the
marketisation of the public health service they recently enacted. Siddharta Swapan Roy on openIndia accuses
India’s anti-corruption movement of not getting its hands dirty enough: it
should be the alternative, not just pose it. And Heather
McRobie welcomes a resurgent feminist art, only to ask herself if “all this
dressing up”, as the female artists' use their own bodies and images in their
work, doesn’t become self-defeating?
Many readers were attracted to Brett
Scott’s challenge to left-wing
critiques of financial meltdown which for all their radicalism seem unable to
recognise entrepreneurial creativity.
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