rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has taken everyone in the west by
surprise, resulting in a frenzy of speculation as we try to piece together a
number of complicated factors and events. We first have to recognise how our
understanding is shaped by a sensationalist, alarmist and sound-bite obsessed
If European society at
large is applying an exclusionary logic to certain groups, it is only
encouraging the retention and expansion of a sedentary identity formation in
these groups. A rise in reactionary politics should come as no surprise.
Martin Luther King once said, “sometimes it’s necessary to dramatize
an issue”. Struggles within democracies may actually be harder to organize than
struggles against highly unpopular and corrupt authoritarian regimes. It helps
to get together.
Some believe that the negotiations for a truce could
lead to peace talks that produce a two-state accord. Of course, an opening for
a two-state accord is the very last thing Netanyahu is seeking. But what he is
seeking won’t happen.
did the police not take the investigation seriously at first? Why did the
political elite need six victims to admit that these people were murdered
because of their Roma identity, to acknowledge the neo-Nazi terrorist nature of
Are reporters mere adjuncts of power and
spies? That is how ISIS treated the martyred journalists James Foley and Steven
Sotloff. To this day, the failure of the American news industry to expose the
Bush administration’s WMD myths before the invasion of Iraq is thrown in our
Groups hold similar roots of
discontent, such as poverty, discrimination and the sense of values under
threat, but manifest these sentiments in an array of diverse extremist
ideologies with highly varied targeted ‘Others’.
Were more on the Left
capable of reading liberal philosophy without foaming at the mouth, they’d
realise that – actually – it’s perfectly possible to argue their case within
the fundamentals of liberalism.
Right-wing extremism continues to be
perceived by mainstream media and statutory organizations as a predominantly “male problem” since the stereotypical view regards
white women as non-violent, peaceful, loving and caring individuals. This is
Counter-messaging and counter-arguing is invaluable for the resilience of our societies, but often does not have the
intended impact on the target group, since arguing only strengthens their
radicalisation. So what should we do?
Diane Langford is angered by a BBC2
drama that purports to reflect the political realities in the Arab/Israeli
conflict, yet in its “even-handedness” inescapably misrepresents the issues. But perhaps we are being told: don’t
take all this plot stuff too seriously – I am writing drama, not history or
FREE Initiative aims to prevent and counter far-right extremism across Europe
by creating a platform for individual activists, organisations, government
officials and others to learn from one another.
If the ideologists of neoliberalism want to
present it as the natural order of humanity, a more sober historical assessment
points out that it has lasted about as long as Keynesianism did before it – a
This week's guest theme addresses a
violent issue which has often been overlooked in Europe.Far-right extremism is often relegated to a second tier security
threat due to the tendency to see these groups as irrelevant to inquiries into
national security and terrorism. But we should be wary of this.
Women peace activists meeting in Zurich
in 1919 understood the capitalist system
of profit and privilege as a root cause of war. Women said it then, and
say it now, as they tackle the perennial question facing all peace-seekers:
what policies can assure a peace that will endure?
The Architecture of Violence, part of AJE's Rebel Architecture series, explores the use of architecture as a central component of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, focusing on the work of Eyal Weizman.
Israel has constructed a systematic policy of propaganda, 'hasbara', that depends on its citizens - the extension and 'mouthpiece' of the state - to act as its voice. But this rationalisation of Israeli policy rests on shaky foundations.