religious fundamentalism is a dangerous political activity. It is not a
distraction from ‘real’ politics - the demands of social justice and civil liberties - but a pre-condition
for achieving them.
The risk to Europe is a perpetuation of crisis by
implacable erosion, and with this the abdication of political institutions from
protecting the interests of citizens that they are responsible for and to.
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?