Last weekend two
generations of international feminists met at a conference in Berlin designed
to prompt fresh thinking on Marxist feminist theory and inspire the renewal of
a socialist feminist movement.
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.
After Tony Curzon Price argued that Greece was not playing chicken and James Galbraith retorted that it's not even playing a game, an applied game theorist reminds us of the logic, in Greece's game, of claiming you're not playing one.
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.
Palestinians, who wins the election makes no difference. In the West Bank and
Gaza the mood moves between indifference and the sense that all the parties are
hostile towards them in one way or another.
I ask you to stand in solidarity with the just struggle of the Greek people, which is also the struggle of every citizen. Our people have been asked to go hungry to bail out debts created by a wealthy minority, not just in the country but internationally.
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 elephant in the recent Eurogroup meeting room was Greece's 2010 failed structural readjustment programme, admonished by Yanis Varoufakis as 'fiscal waterboarding'. Why does Germany persist in defending it?
If Hadi is to build on the popularity he gained in recent
days, he needs to prove that he is the rightful heir to the 2011
revolution. That is the kind of support Hadi needs from the international
community, not just kind words and drones.