The Arab World is becoming increasingly unstable and the current elites are using severe coercion to remain in power. However, the use of coercion will lead to instability, as the opposition becomes more radicalized and prone to violence.
The Danish cartoons were assembled to humiliate a
vulnerable minority. In subsequent debates, the idea of freedom of speech has been subverted to undermine the right of Muslims to speak up on their own behalf.
the leader of a political party about to win government offers you the
opportunity to implement policies you have been advocating for years, it is
pure cowardice to shirk the task. Interview with the soon-to-be new Syriza Finance Minister.
Those who hold Muslims accountable for
these acts, or demand that they apologize for them, are delusional. Beyond
Europe, Al-Qaeda has declared open war against most Arab and Muslim-majority
countries, especially those allied to the west.
European governments and civil
society can respond to terrorism by affirming and building democratic
institutions and thereby refusing the logic of war. Initially, this seemed to
be the French civic reaction.
article received before the tragic events in France this week, suggests three pressing reasons for the European Union to re-establish its role as a
peacebuilding instrument in the minds of the general public.
Have we been
reduced to the 'clash of civilizations' where, in the name of security, a state
of emergency forces all to close ranks in a staged, imaginary conflict where all
possibility of dissent is erased? In memoriam.
constraint and mutual nuclear deterrence may have prevented all-out war with
Pakistan in the past over contested Kashmir. With thousands fleeing their homes
amid escalating violence, that may not remain a secure wager.
I respect your right to show solidarity with the victims of
this horrible crime by reposting those drawings, but only if you respect my
right not to do so because I happen to find them bigoted and incendiary.
was much hope in the international community that the Hague war-crimes tribunal
on former Yugoslavia, allied to domestic proceedings, could point the region to
a reconciled future. It was not to be.
The Charlie Hebdo attack was an act of violence by deranged individuals. It should not be interpreted as a replay of the Huntingtonian clash of civilisations, somehow justifying past stigmatisation and future backslash against Muslim populations.
It’s been a year of searing
images of horrifying mass civilian injury and death, from Gaza to eastern
Ukraine. The world must set standards to curb resort to weapons with wide-area
effects where many civilians are at risk.
It is these solidarities, across factory and across contract,
which the factories and indeed Modi’s Government fear, which must not be
forgotten once the dust settles over the current round of labour 'reforms'.
How is it possible that only 29 % of
Americans believe that the interrogations carried out by the CIA, denounced as
torture by the recent Senate Report, are wrong? To what do we owe such moral