In the post-financial crisis era, many conventional banks, economists and depositors have been inspired by the moral and ethical foundations of Islamic finance, values which seem to be absent from the conventional banking system.
The rise of new left leaders such as Alexis Tsipras in Greece and Pablo Iglesias in Spain reflects a new desire for leadership and political representation at odds with the neoanarchist culture that has for long dominated the radical left and influenced the movements of 2011.
the part of the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy designed to respond
to the ideological challenges of terrorism and extremism. Are its priorities self-defeating? There are promising alternatives.
If the recent Occupy-type social explosions are to seek transformative
action beyond occupied squares, they should look at the history of the
World Social Forum, with its valuable paths
to transnational connectivity.
It was the day,
seventy years ago this Tuesday, when the British Army at war with Germany
switched their allegiance, opening fire upon – and arming Greek collaborators
with the Nazis to fire upon – a civilian crowd in Syntagma Square.
As long as the radical left held to the democratic
rule of law, they were given the space to articulate their views. They didn’t
flee to communist walhallas, but remained in the sights of the intelligence
Women may participate in war, but in our social
imaginary, war is still man’s business. The few women who fight have not undone
the dominant symbolic association of passive receptivity with femininity or of
masculinity with domination.
Does the term ‘occupation’ delegitimize
movements by casting participants as short-term guests, instead of
representatives communicating grievances held by a wider society within a
public forum that is theirs?
Neoliberalism devours other competing world-views through the commodification of cultural difference—turning a tidy profit. Wrest this monopoly on political readings of Islam away from capital and authoritarianism.
After 1989, within two decades, the hitherto
‘dormant’ authoritarian, leader-worshipping, order-obsessed right-wing
mentality has gradually found its way to the surface. Its institutional shape
is precisely impossible to define.
Hyperbolic language used to describe the
potential consequences of cyber attacks has contributed to the ‘securitisation’ of the debate around cyber security
issues. Increased transparency and accurate
information is essential.
Attention on the still ongoing Syrian civil war
has chronically faded. Last remaining hopes for peace seem to have been dashed.
But a peace conference that took place some months ago thought outside the box.
The EU-Mexico Global
Agreement is a vestige of a different era, the EU emboldened by ‘its
success’ in shaping and promoting the democratisation of southern Europe, then of the post-Communist countries in the early 1990s.
What lies behind the Chinese Communist Party elite’s foregrounding of
the ‘rule of law’? With China's declining economic growth rate and widening income inequality, the basic rationale at the heart of the party's right to rule is at risk.
In parallel to the EU-US
trade deal currently under way, the US is negotiating a similar agreement with
11 countries of the Asia Pacific: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Walden
Bello, leading critic of neoliberal and corporate
globalisation, identifies the global strategy underpinning the two agreements.