The latest crackdown on journalists in Turkey is another twist in the spiral into authoritarianism of a state bereft of an effective political opposition—with 'Putinisation' an increasingly realistic description.
There is a conspiracy of silence around
victors’ justice within the United Nations and in global diplomacy, as if it is
embarrassing even to call attention to such a fundamental deficiency in the
implementation of international criminal law.
The first ever parliamentary inquiry into immigration detention in the UK listened to the voices of 'experts-by-experience' and those still trapped in detention. How will the report in February 2015 reflect the shocking testimony that was heard ?
Yet more political corruption throughout Spain;
calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation; a new left-wing party challenging
bipartisan politics. Is the Spanish electorate ready to change the rules of the
men and women both actively participate in resistance projects, Sahrawi women
facilitate most of the communication between non-violent activists from one
city to another in this under-reported struggle.
The death knell for Hong Kong’s Umbrella
Revolution was sounded even as the movement entered December. The final days
saw Beijing play its hand well, through the careful application of minimal
force and strategic patience.
The rise of new left leaders such as Alexis Tsipras in Greece and Pablo Iglesias in Spain reflects a new desire for leadership and political representation at odds with the neoanarchist culture that has for long dominated the radical left and influenced the movements of 2011.
Democracy does not end at the ballot box. All humans are equally deserving of respect. The legislators of Alabama and Israel have undermined the trust placed in them by the public and so we must question their commitment to their duty to serve.
the part of the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy designed to respond
to the ideological challenges of terrorism and extremism. Are its priorities self-defeating? There are promising alternatives.
The last known message from the Egyptian activist Zainab Mahdy reads, " It's like we're digging in water...There is no
justice…I am aware of that…there is no victory coming…we are just lying to
ourselves so that we can live."
Many of the assumptions about who wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are wrong. The less known story of the men and women who wrote this foundational, emancipatory and anti-colonial document must be told in today's world.
The events of the Arab Revolt have dramatically shifted the position of Israel in the region. Arab regimes have moved from rejecting the existence of Israel to accommodation, to implicit cooperation, in some cases, open cooperation.
Why has the response to Ebola been so weak in Sierra Leone and Liberia?
The relationship between elite wealth and foreign aid means that the powers
that be in Monrovia and Freetown are in no hurry to end the global media
obsession with the Ebola crisis.
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.
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