The demand for politics over markets, a key message in the Occupy and
Indignados movements, is also key here. A considerable drop in trust is clear:
trust in all national institutions and political actors (parliament, parties,
and trade unions).
If western countries are unwilling to place
any pressure against a regime of questionable legitimacy, allied with a former
dictator and hard-line Islamists, while failing to provide any support for a
popularly-elected leader committed to democracy and to nonviolence, what kind
of message does that send?
The Naxalite movement has seen a
dramatic resurgence in popularity, particularly in the rural parts of
India, as the economic reforms of the 1990s left parts of India by the
wayside. The Indian federal goverment has two options, both weak.
takes creative and alternative forms in the street demonstrations, which may
appear, at first sight, contradictory – one week anti-government, pro-European,
the next week pro-government, anti-EU.
there is one thing that can save the present Islamist regime and bring together
all the Principlists, fundamentalists, and Islamic guards, it is another disastrous war in the Middle East, the attack on Iran threatened by Israel and the US.
There are elements in Europe who would dearly like to see
the CLEAN IT wish list put into practice (including from the law enforcement
community, the industries that serve it, and the European Commission), but we
must distinguish between transnational talking shops, EU working groups and draft
course, bringing all of the passengers onto the Captain's bridge wouldn't have
saved the Titanic. But the current situation in Europe is closer to having all the first
class passengers fighting over how to steer the wheel, while those in second
and third class jump off the ship in disgust.
After Iceland’s financial collapse in 2008,
Icelandic citizens wanted a plan to clean up the island’s political system. A
new draft constitution, written by a council of ordinary people, was handed
over to the parliament. And on 20 October, all Icelanders will be asked for
their opinion in a consultative referendum.
At a fringe
meeting of Labour’s Party Conference last week, the shadow minister for immigration
Chris Bryant MP said a “coalition of the rational” was a prerequisite of serious
and rational debate about migration. Was that just an adlibbed comment at an
obscure gathering? Or something more promising? Don Flynn, director of Migrants’
Rights Network, explores the notion.
Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian civil war is not desired by Turkish civil society, but this it seems is the price you have to pay if you wish to be an economically and politically stable regional power.
People across Europe are critiquing the
morality of the political and economic system. Globalisation has helped to engineer an empty democracy, with
political-economic processes depoliticised and decisions made by experts. And
what of the European dream? “Whoever
can understand it, that is ‘the movement’." A Subterranean
Politics roundtable discussion.
On September 15 in Madrid, over one hundred thousand people answered the
unions’ call to demand a referendum on austerity. In both its aims and its
format, this action confirmed that the trade unions have been influenced by the
crisis, gave Artur Mas, Catalonia’s Premier, the Machiavellian occasione for a jump forward towards
full (?) national sovereignty. This is not the message that we need to hear in
these turbulent times.
lives have been decimated by conflict should receive as much assistance as we
can give them. Yet Palestinian refugees from Syria, escaping the same violence,
destruction and dangers and seeking the same protection, relief and refuge as
their Syrian counterparts, are being excluded on grounds of nationality.
democracy attempts to ensure equality by embracing diversity and conflict.
Within these political structures, diversity is not a problem that needs to be
resolved: there is no narrative of uniformity, no shared identity (national or
otherwise) and no predetermined ideology.
In Italy, a consensus is slowly building around
a second term for Mario Monti's technocratic government – but could this have
less to do with national unity in economically difficult times than with political
elites in a last-ditch defence against the threat of Beppe Grillo's populism?
What caused Britain's and the USA's financial crash? What is its legacy?
How to deal with the consequences? David Potter, who
built the global, hi-tech company Psion, and then served on the Bank of England
when the crash began, addresses these questions with the exceptional authority of a businessman amongst economists.
The recent announcement of the president of Yale University to the effect that he will step down from his office next June, allegedly because of tension about the new Yale-branded college
in Singapore, was a small tsunami in the world of academia – and raised a
broader question: what role do universities have in today's society?
While the Labour party goes mad for Miliband’s speech, the First Minister of Wales is leading a nation. Time for those outside of Wales to pay close attention to the most senior elected Labour politician in the UK.
In this short film openSecurity talks to the Economics Advisor to the President of South Sudan. The agreement signed in Addis Ababa on the 27th of September means the oil will start flowing again, but what does this mean for South Sudan's future economy, and stability?
Since February 2010,
the crisis in Greece is being addressed with austerity measures as prescribed
by the troika of EU, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. At
present, the government is negotiating yet more austerity, even if past
measures failed to produce the desired results. On the contrary: their consequences
are already devastating.
You might say the Shadow Chancellor had an easy job yesterday, persuading the Labour conference and the world outside that he is a better man than Osborne to hold the wheel of the sinking British economy. But while Balls may have succeeded in sounding credible, there was no big Labour vision for the future, and more than a flavour of Brown.
ways to deal with friction zones in public spaces such as parks is highly
pertinent for both urban democracy and urban sustainability. Some friction is
central to genuine democracy, whereas too little or too much is not.
The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario
Monti, has recently hinted that he might stay for a second term at the head of
his mostly technocratic and nonpartisan government, on the condition of
not having to face the voters in the upcoming election. But for how long will the consensus behind Monti hold?
paper of the workshop, Creating publics,
Creating democracies (seethis week's theme) explores the elusive nature of ‘the public’ in
relation to global governance and global civil society; how it is being
appropriated, invoked, silenced, and excluded in contemporary politics as well
as invested with the alternative imaginaries of a more democratic future
In Australia, both at the Commonwealth and state levels economic policies do not address the problems the country faces. However, Australia isn't in a bad economic situation at all. Political leadership is what's lacking in a much more serious way.
The people have
finally realised that the troika-imposed austerity is not working in Portugal.
In fact, the austerity packages are not working in Ireland (another good pupil
of the troika), or in Greece, or Spain, or Italy.