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.
The outworking of the
eight-year-old peace agreement in Nepal has embraced the government and its
Maoist opponents. The women who were victims of sexual violence from both sides
during the conflict have, however, been left out.
Either the Islamic Republic wishes to
remain in its fundamentalist cocoon and alienate more educated, westward-looking
young Iranians, as well as be regarded as a pariah by the international
community, or it wishes to join the modern world
The arrival of the migrants created
conflict between Italy and France – with both Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi
facing an election year – and quickly escalated into threatening the Schengen
The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, burst the 25th-anniversary balloon of the symbolic end of the cold war by warning of a new one, fed by NATO's eastward expansion. An economically weak USSR lost the last one; a still weaker Russia will lose this one too.
After 1989, within two decades, the hitherto
‘dormant’ authoritarian, leader-worshipping, order-obsessed right-wing
mentality has gradually found its way to the surface. Its institutional shape
is precisely impossible to define.
Hyperbolic language used to describe the
potential consequences of cyber attacks has contributed to the ‘securitisation’ of the debate around cyber security
issues. Increased transparency and accurate
information is essential.