Let’s be clear here,
Qatar lost in Qusair. It is embarrassing and undermines two years and $3bn of
financial support to the rebel movement. And it is time that Qatar began to
take some responsibility for things Qaradawi has said, and is saying with
regards to Syria.
In interview, Müştereklerimiz,
“The Network for Our Commons” argues that the really invisible flag, here in
Taksim Square, is that of “our resistance, and the power we can have when we get
together on a common ground to reclaim a different way to live together.”
Given the track record of failed attempts at
diplomacy, it is questionable whether some tacit agreement can bring a
long-term resolution to this new Cold War. There is no less at stake than a fundamental
rethinking of the way we approach international relations.
We live in societies with economies nested within them, nested in turn in the non-human world. A green republican conception of political economy recognises this reality, and challenges the priority given to growth.
will not tolerate, let alone a Saudi-type sharia law, but even a much more palatable
mildly Islamist neoliberal conservatism, which is, incidentally, a direct descendant
of the American religious right rather than any Islamic political ideology.
Cameron, Obama, Hollande and Merkel remain tight-lipped about the disorder
spreading across Turkey, we must conclude it is because they regard the measure
of police force as an expedient that they themselves could ultimately resort
Who represents Scotland's radical traditions, and what does the future look like? A new book, 'Scotland's Road to Socialism', prompts this question, and explores some uncomfortable truths for the Scottish left.
Gezi Park occupationhas been
presented as little more than an environmental dispute over an urban green
space. But it goes to the heart of the identity of modern Turkey and the
character of the Turkish republic.
What kind of economy is consistent with
living inside a living being? This question is being answered in experiments across the globe, from community forests in Mexico to "industrial symbiosis" in Denmark.
“Islamophobia” is everywhere, but its meanings work at
cross purposes - to liberals, it refers to discrimination and hate crimes that
can be addressed through existing laws, but to fundamentalists, it refers to
offenses against religion that must be addressed through censorship or death.
How best to preserve the archaeological
record of the past, which so often obtrudes on political objectives of the
present? And what happens when nation states are effectively bankrupt? Are its monuments to be allowed to collapse
American radical feminist Shulamith Firestone
was a leading theorist of 70s feminism who died a lonely death last summer.
Responding to Susan Faludi’s psychological profile of Firestone in The New Yorker last month, Kathleen B.
Jones examines Firestone’s contribution to women’s liberation
One lesson from the 1979 Iranian revolution and the
2011 Arab revolutions is that activists seeking to promote women’s rights,
human rights and the transition to democracy must challenge patriarchy from
within the Muslim legal tradition.
The question of citizenship lies at the heart of the legitimacy of rule and political subjectivity, but its origins are European and orientalist. In a dewesternizing world, how can citizenship be reconceptualised? (Video, 33 minutes)
Repressive laws, socialist icons, and the promotion of Eurasian identity amount to a regression to the Soviet past, says Daniil Kotsyubinsky. Russian society has moved on, however, and the Kremlin will have to tread very carefully to avoid an explosion of protest.
'Settler colonialism' has greatly influenced the way we think about colonialism and orientalism. But analysis of the writings of British settlers in the United States reveals that the political subjectivity of the settler is distinct from that of the colonizer (Video, 20 mins)
In a keynote lecture from the Oecumene project's second symposium, Saba Mahmood shows that religious liberty is a mechanism of statecraft and discusses the implications for religious minority populations.
should liberal Russians interact with an increasingly illiberal regime?
Writer and Putin critic Grigory Chkhartishvili (a.k.a Boris Akunin) delivered a simple message at yesterday's opposition rally in Moscow.
In the first of a series of videos from the Oecumene project's second symposium on citizenship, orientalism and colonialism, Engin Isin discusses the major themes addressed in the symposium and outlines the future for the project