Jean Seaton’s latest
history of the BBC is mired by typos, inconsistencies and factual errors.
Far from incidental, this is symptomatic of a broader carelessness that ultimately undermines her analysis.
Social scientists have a
very specific contribution to deliver in a democratic public space, as openDemocracy’s
articles daily testify. The articles by leading global sociologists published
this week in openMovements are, we believe, exemplary.
People fighting for survival experiment with their own path to
democracy in the Middle East. Not just another effort to carve out an ethnic niche,
but to establish a multi-ethnic, multi-religious democracy.
Considering the horrors wrought by the Islamic State, a professor writes to his former students at the University of Duhok to remind them that the starting point of the struggle for emancipation is within ourselves.
The forest idea is not based on centre-periphery economies
and spatial hierarchies, but on equitable networks of livelihood and exchange.
It embodies many historic associations with freedom and social justice.
Snared by geopolitical interests,
post-9/11 interventions have too easily been captured by leading states. A
robust law enforcement process must serve enforcers of law, not agents of
The Indian Home Ministry’s attempt to block
the screening could be seen as one example of a broader clampdown on whatever is deemed ‘anti-national’. But what does that say about the mainstream culture?
What can a document sorting out
ruling class differences 800 years ago be used for? David Carpenter’s Magna Carta with a New Commentary is a book about documents, which is both its
glory and its downfall.
There was uproar in India at the
brutal gang rape of a 23 year old student on her way home from the cinema. Can
we harness the international attention to this case to demand that the world's
leaders commit themselves to a policy of zero tolerance of violence against
En Latinoamérica, cada vez que generales y comandantes realizaban un golpe de estado, destituían primero al Poder Ejecutivo y después cerraban el Legislativo. Pero casí nunca tocaban al Poder Judicial. Publicado previamente en openDemocracy. English.
Following a Latin American coup, the first act of the generals and commanders
responsible was to remove the executive; the second was to shut down the
legislative. Rarely, if ever, did they touch the judiciary. Español.
The Controller of the BBC’s archive strategy maintains the
institution’s fundamental role within the media ecology and argues that
the Licence Fee should safeguard a new democratic digital public space.
The Netherlands, a mere 10
years behind the UK, seems eager to catch up. Twin pressures of
authoritarianism from above and neoliberalism from below make it necessary to
develop the democratic alternative put forward by the movement for a new
The motives of many young would-be jihadists are childlike—the
appeal of becoming ‘super-heroes’ to fill an existential void. The author meets a comic book writer aiming to lead them in a different direction.