After a last minute electoral upset, Israeli Prime Minster Benyamin Netanyahu will almost certainly form a new government. What does a fourth term for Bibi mean for Israel, Palestine and the wider region?
Social scientists have a
very specific contribution to deliver in a democratic public space, as openDemocracy’s
articles daily testify. The articles by leading global sociologists published
this week in openMovements are, we believe, exemplary.
Palestinians, who wins the election makes no difference. In the West Bank and
Gaza the mood moves between indifference and the sense that all the parties are
hostile towards them in one way or another.
People fighting for survival experiment with their own path to
democracy in the Middle East. Not just another effort to carve out an ethnic niche,
but to establish a multi-ethnic, multi-religious democracy.
The reasons for the involvement of the west in the MENA region are not limited to oil and security. These are the arguments used by both local autocrats and western powers to maintain control. The real threat however is a global revolutionary movement.
The forest idea is not based on centre-periphery economies
and spatial hierarchies, but on equitable networks of livelihood and exchange.
It embodies many historic associations with freedom and social justice.
Snared by geopolitical interests,
post-9/11 interventions have too easily been captured by leading states. A
robust law enforcement process must serve enforcers of law, not agents of
The Indian Home Ministry’s attempt to block
the screening could be seen as one example of a broader clampdown on whatever is deemed ‘anti-national’. But what does that say about the mainstream culture?
What can a document sorting out
ruling class differences 800 years ago be used for? David Carpenter’s Magna Carta with a New Commentary is a book about documents, which is both its
glory and its downfall.
The basis of Palestinian opposition to Israel’s actions has little to do with it being a Jewish state. Had it been a Hindu or a Buddhist state, the Palestinians would have been no less embittered. This article was a submission to the UK Parliamentary report into antisemitism emanating from the Middle East conflict, made in November 2014.