Interviews with unemployed and
underemployed people reveal the exacting impact of dealing with jobcentres and
workfare programmes. The UK government's new 'Help to Work' scheme, with daily
jobcentre visits, compulsory workfare and sanctions, looks set to do anything but 'help'
While since '9/11' a
militarised conception of security has dominated the world, the global economic
crisis has seen insecurity in the labour market mushroom. Marking international workers' day, could
Europe lead the way to a more secure 'equality economy'?
Well-being is not just a luxury for good economic times. Reducing poverty and promoting equality are more important goals than simply increasing the size of the economy. To this end, new data shows that stability is better than growth.
Chinese women face a resurgent crisis of gender inequality, argues Leta Hong Fincher in her new book Leftover Women. She talks to openDemocracy about the future of feminism under socialist neoliberalism.
Caught between the dynamic of the Arab Springs and that of the destabilization of the Sahel, the Algerian trajectory remains profoundly uncertain. Since its stability is essential for Europe, the stakes of the April presidential elections are high.
Will NGOs and foundations ever
be able to look at their moneyed benefactors and challenge how they generated
their wealth? The national correspondent of NonProfit Quarterly
takes on our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.
One lesson we are learning is that although Brussels
is important, it is not a universal solution. Brussels is used as an excuse in
Bulgaria so that we do not worry about political lobbying, the judicial system,
and the media, because somebody else has the big stick. An interview with Dimitar Bechev.
is slow to come from international agreements or business boardrooms, it
could come from interconnected people who measure their success
based on the sustainable impact their money and actions have. Aggregate
environmental and social impact is the key.
growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal
dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of
self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face.
In a series commemorating the uprising's third anniversary, Syrian revolutionary activist Joseph Daher answers key questions still circulating in the western digital commons. In this first part he offers us a short history of the socio-economic causes behind the protests that sprang up across Syria in March 2011.
Since Egypt, as a rentier state, can ignore popular demands and rely on coercion, continuous financial support from Arab states, similar to international financial support, will only act as insulation for the regime from popular pressure.
We don't understand mental health, allocating the label only to those who are struggling. So good mental health, and its political causes, become invisible. An introduction to Transformation's new series on the politics of mental health. Content warning: anxiety, suicidal thoughts.
“Starbucks felt so pressured by the public
that they felt obliged to pay £20,000,000 to the HMRC.” Our series of
interviews with activists and practitioners who organise public participation
initiatives speaks next to Sarah Kwei from UK Uncut, the direct action group that
works to raise awareness of tax avoidance and austerity cuts through creative
forms of protest.
Paul Myners is conducting a review of Governance
of the Co-operative Group in
the wake of the near-insolvency caused by the problems at the Bank formerly owned
by the Group. In his reply to the Group’s consultation exercise, Dave Boyle makes some suggestions for
Money talks, but what language is it speaking? New ideas and experiments could reposition money as a source of social justice as well as personal fulfillment. This is
the final article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.
For the first time since independence, government forces and
most Ethnic Armed Groups have stopped fighting. This is an historic achievement
in peace-making. However, the ceasefire process has yet to be transformed into
a substantial and sustainable phase of peace-building.
is critical to recognize the significance of this revolutionary chapter in the
modern history of the Middle East and the creative conceptions and
articulations of resistance that shattered the system of domination,
particularly the popular roots of these uprisings amongst the urban and rural poor.
If the production of refugees was an industry, Myanmar would
be among the world’s market leaders. And of all its products the Rohingya would
be one of the most lucrative. A niche but growing market of global proportions,
the culmination of decades of tireless endeavour to hone a specialist craft.
The Santos regime finally (and illegally) removed
one of the few honest politicians in Colombia—the democratically elected,
socialist Mayor Gustavo Petro—from office last Thursday, after only two years
of a full four-year term of office.
It seems probable – and entirely reasonable
- that it will take several years to build trust in a ‘new’ Myanmar that is
safe to return to.But in a context
of perpetual fear and insecurity, how will refugees in Malaysia survive until
The marches continue the collective resistance that
has galvanized Spanish civil society since the 15-M occupation of the Puerta
del Sol, but which is rooted in a long tradition and practice of autonomous
politics of resistance and civil disobedience in Madrid and around Spain over
the past decades.
refugee women and children from Burma are the hidden victims of pervasive
sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in New Delhi, India. Lacking confidence in the current peace
process in Burma and unwilling to return home, the prospect of staying in New
Delhi is both bleak and terrifying.
Individual posts in this week’s
feature have provided a snapshot into a single issue. Collectively, they explore a
crucial question: if Myanmar is
undergoing a national ‘transition’ to democracy, what does this mean for a
multi-generational, multi-ethnic, regional refugee situation?
For refugees in camps on the Thailand Burma border to
be able to return to Burma, two main issues need to be addressed, the political
situation, and the technical arrangements. Neither are even close to being
has mounted on FIFA to address the toll of deaths among migrant workers in
Qatar, as the emirate prepares for the World Cup in 2022. As its Executive
Committee meets today, the international trade union movement is demanding