It was the day,
seventy years ago this Tuesday, when the British Army at war with Germany
switched their allegiance, opening fire upon – and arming Greek collaborators
with the Nazis to fire upon – a civilian crowd in Syntagma Square.
Tweets are emerging as a novel form of incriminating evidence in a
rapidly changing terrain of modern warfare. What ought to be their evidentiary
value and legal status under international law of armed conflict?
As long as the radical left held to the democratic
rule of law, they were given the space to articulate their views. They didn’t
flee to communist walhallas, but remained in the sights of the intelligence
Domestic violence shows no sign of abating. There is growing recognition that working with male
perpetrators - alongside intervention and protection for women - is essential to reducing the violence that kills two women every week.
The much-hyped launch of a
new gun-shooting video game this month reveals the thread of
gender linking socially-endorsed militarism to criminal sexual assault. Where are the social programmes that would address the reshaping of masculinity?
Not only did the Arab peoples revolt, but the power of their revolts was so significant and threatening to the regional geopolitical order that the regional powers had to diffuse the collective consciousness at any cost.
Women may participate in war, but in our social
imaginary, war is still man’s business. The few women who fight have not undone
the dominant symbolic association of passive receptivity with femininity or of
masculinity with domination.
The Arab awakening is creating a new socio-political and economic reality in the region, transforming the balance of power, not because states have become stronger, but rather because states have become weak and fragile.
Navigating between cooperation and confrontation vis-à-vis institutions
of power, as WILPF approaches its centenary it must continue to avoid cooptation
into a system that produces the violence it abhors.
In this 2005 note
for War Resisters’ International, Howard Clark explains why the campaign
against war profiteering is integral to WRI’s broader promotion of nonviolence.
Taking action against those who profit from war involves facing a powerful
lobby in favour of military expenditure.
Does the term ‘occupation’ delegitimize
movements by casting participants as short-term guests, instead of
representatives communicating grievances held by a wider society within a
public forum that is theirs?
Last week the Italian precariat took a step beyond primitive
rebellion and began to constitute itself as a politics. As its arguments take
shape those involved must work to engage with communities outside of
the activist world.