In 'sensitive urban zones' where
a third of residents live below the poverty line and unemployment among young
people is over 40%, it is difficult to see how people like Mohammed Merah can
become part of France’s social fabric.
political culture that supported global and European civil society activism in
period - challenging neoliberal economic and financial power in the form of governments,
EU and global institutions – has appeared irrelevant at the very moment when it
could have emerged as a credible alternative to the crisis of European
economies and politics. A brief chronology and typology of European resistance so far.
OurKingdom uses unpaid volunteers. Are we providing opportunities and training to those that want and need them? Or are we contributing to a media culture becoming ever more elitist, as those unable to work for little or nothing are cast aside? How, in the current climate, can we improve?
The richest 1 percent of Americans capture 93 percent of all income growth. The challenge now is not to reinflate the economy, but to build a new foundation for growth by enpowering workers and holding executives accountable for the corrosive effect on democracy of this concentration of wealth.
A basic income could be of enormous importance as an integral part of a package of measures designed to guarantee the material existence of all people and their possibilities of living according to their own life plans. Universalising property - by providing the essential conditions for material, and hence social existence to everyone - would universalise the essential condition of truly effective citizenship.
As the London 2012 Olympics approach, a campaign is born to give the voice to the majority of British people who stand to gain little from the games, funded by 11bn of taxpayers' money. Who are the real beneficiaries? How do the people occupy the Olympics?
Russia has traditionally been conceptualised as a single entity, albeit divided into many regions, but is this approach appropriate given the country's stratified population? Natalia Zubarevich argues that for a better understanding of Russia and where it is going we need to think not geographically, but arithmetically.
The report on England's riots recommends protecting children from excessive marketing. Too little, too late. If we want to prevent future riots, we have to kick back against consumer culture in its totality.
Immigration controls by rich governments employ arbitrary rules to inhumane effect – breaking up families, locking up children, deporting good
people to uncertain futures in godforsaken countries. Although liberals need immigration
controls for their cherished welfare state to work, they are quite comfortable blaming conservatives for this conduct.
When the Media Law of the authoritarian Hungarian government meets with strident
criticism in the free press of
the world, and from heads of established democracies, as a major attack on the freedom of
speech, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his people ask for time, arguing against the avalanche of criticisms that no one
should assume that the Media Council established in 2010 will
abuse the unheard of powers with which it was endowed until it has shown an
inclination to do so. Meanwhile they are eager to export their ideas.
Want the money you save reinvested in your local community? Want to get the benefits yourself, rather than shareholders creaming off the profits? Then why aren't you a member of a credit union? Louis Brooke of Move Your Money explores the growth of this localised initiative in the UK.
There are contentious circumstances
surrounding the building of a luxury hotel. These circumstances raise questions
about the relation of West African corruption to West African culture. There
are several versions of the story.
A statistical approach to improving health care
systems has recently become popular internationally. This technocratic approach to health is flawed when we do
not consider the underlying political and social realities that undergird different
communities and nation states.
Violence in Iraq is
not a throw-back to some more ‘primitive’ past, driven by dark passions dredged
up from history. On the contrary,
it has a logic and a constitutive power of its own fully in line with the contemporary
experiences that Iraqis have undergone both before and after 2003. Moreover, it
seems to be regarded by those in power as a good deal less troubling than
Mrs Merkel and much of the German
political establishment doggedly espouse the doctrine of ordoliberalism, despite
growing opposition not only on the left but on the right, with economic
liberals such as Mario Monti and Guy Verhofstadt arguing for growth-inducing
measures. Where can we look for an explanation?
Today the Chancellor presented his third budget since the Coalition gained power and ushered in the era of austerity. Tax expert Richard Murphy decodes a "really rather nasty budget" and ponders its gifts to the opposition.
"This year will either see us create a new, more plausible, basis for our shared life, or settle back into the old, dispiriting fictions." So says Dan Hind in a new e-pamphlet published by OurKingdom, invoking the spirit of Thom Paine and urging the 99% to reclaim the public realm. We interview the author.
Recent flirtations of the ANC with the Chinese model of economic
development suggest that South African political elites fall for the erroneous
fantasy that social tensions can be bought off with consumer goods
Cameron is leaving no stone unturned in his 'revolution' of the public sector. This is not about the privatisation of individual services: a bigger game is being played, with profound importance for Britain and her people.
More than one in four Conservative peers - 62 out of the total of 216 - and
many other members of the House of Lords have a direct financial interest in
the radical re-shaping of the NHS that is perilously close to being enacted.
These peers have been able to vote on the crucial divisions that will determine
the immediate and long-term future of the NHS and the coalition’s Health and
Social Care bill.
In the last thirty years, a rising share of the global
economic pie has been colonised by the world’s rich. It is this concentration
of income that is the real cause of the present crisis. It created the
conditions for the 2008 Crash and is now driving us into an era of
Yale should have proud independence from the lures of power and money in its bones. That does not mean shunning either, but treating both as servants of a better ideal. But the recent announcement of a campus in Singapore suggests that it has forgotten that stance. More generally, this sort of forgetting is a danger to the fabric of democracy
Small steps forward are not
sufficient to stop the overall negative current when it comes to the social
exclusion of Roma. Those small steps forward will soon become irrelevant if
serious reform is not put in place
Following Greece’s recent mammoth 206-billion-euro
bond swap, people wrongly believe that the private bondholders of the Greek
debt lost money and that the country is on a path to recovery. The only solution for
Greece remains a debtor-led default and exit from the euro-zone under
the leadership of a radical democrat political movement
The Arab spring has cast Turkey back into the western fold and away from alternative alliance patterns which seemed to be in the pipeline only a few years ago. Turkey won't act in Syria without its western partners. Meanwhile it is the very incompleteness of the Turkish model which is of such interest to its neighbours.