Nearly 20 percent of
Sicily’s electorate voted for Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement (M5S) – an
alternative “clean hands” party that has recently gained momentum in Italian
politics. Their candidate, the comedian and blogger Giancarlo Cancelleri,
seduced Sicilian voters with a fresh - and anti-establishment - approach to
The Icelandic experiment raises many intriguing questions: how do citizens of a country get called to this office? How do they draft a new constitution? What sort of political forces do they have to balance? An insider view from a former member of the Constitutional Council.
Art and Property Now is an exhibition exploring John Berger’s life as
storyteller, artist and critic. Visit the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House, London,
until November 10, 2012. We have celebrated Berger’s 86th birthday with a
guided tour of some of the exhibition’s contents and themes. Today, Room 5 and several invitations.
Kanak Attak in Germany is an anti-racist collective of
people with mixed ethnic backgrounds who aim to turn the dominant discourse on
migration upside down. They invite us to consider the role of intellectuals in
The big news story is that G4S, the shambolic security company that botched the London Olympics, has today lost a major prison contract (HMP Wolds, in Lincolnshire), and failed to win any new ones. A hard blow for G4S and its shareholders. The bigger issue is that the UK government continues to privatise prisons, and commercial confidentiality shields the process from public view and democratic accountability.
The UK government has created a new profit source for security giant G4S
and its partners: managing housing for asylum seekers. John Grayson reports on
a reckless experiment whose result is human misery.
The Indian government has justified the construction
of the Sardar Sarovar megadam as a national instrument of democratization, potentially
supplying drinking water to millions of people. Activists claim that dams form part of a biopolitical
apparatus, causing displacement and relocation for indigenous people. Their
fightback questions ‘modernity’, ‘development’ and ‘justice’.
few hours, the world will finally know if Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will be
the next President of the United States. Our 'How it looks from here' series
concludes with a tour d'horizon
around the globe - what are people thinking as they await the outcome?
India has had a complicated relationship with the United States for most of its independent history. Things are better now - but Indians still do watch the election closely, fearing a return to old tensions.
In this thoughtful reply to Robert Skideslky, John Mills examines the UK's trade performance post-crash and argues that, though requiring a more rounded industrial policy as a whole, any measures taken without further devaluation will fail to turn the economy around.
a somewhat reluctant member of the American orbit in the Asia-Pacific region,
Australia carefully watches the election – amused but slightly worried by
its "cranks and crazies" (as the Australian treasurer recently called
the Tea Party).
The independentist inclinations of Catalonia,
Scotland or Flanders define a dominant political zeitgeist in Europe – the dismantling
of large territorial units. And this is why they will ultimately succeed.
The European project is failing. It is time to consider a new theoretical model beyond the nation-state: smaller, localized communities, "habitat-nations", are the building blocks for a revitalized and democractic pan-European project.
Colombian-American anthropologist Arturo Escobar is one of Latin America's leading voices on post-development theory and political ecology. In this interview, he outlines development paths for the continent to follow, somewhere between modernisation, decolonisation and economic growth.
understanding of what constitutes a ‘community’ and the failure to grasp what
forms of citizen self-government are possible in current conditions is what
betrays the intellectual laziness of the Big Society’s key thinkers.
Hesitation as a means of coercion – that is Merkiavelli’s method. Only one fate is worse than being overwhelmed
by German money and that is not being
overwhelmed by German money. Power grounded in the economy has no need to
invade and yet is ubiquitous.
The oppressed people of Tunisia have long envied western democracy. Now that they've regained their freedom and had their own democratic
elections, do Tunisians cast a more critical look on the American vote?
In India, people are amused and puzzled, depressed and disinterested and occasionally inspired by the long and loud, colorful and typical American show that goes by the name of the presidential election.
In Spain, any piece of news that distracts the attention from the economic, social and political crisis is welcome these days. For a country that has never shown too much interest in international affairs, the US presidential campain represents a traditional exception.
Relations between the US and Latin American countries have always been tense, from economic rivalry to political assassinations. During his first term, Barack Obama has failed to build bridges between the Americas - what can peoples from Latin America and the Caribbean expect from the next president?