Any approach to Syria should be judged by its ability to stop the daily abuses against civilians. Advocates of local ceasefires must strive for a balancebetween immediate relief from the daily suffering and commitment to basic rights and the aspirations of Syrians.
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.
Democracy does not end at the ballot box. All humans are equally deserving of respect. The legislators of Alabama and Israel have undermined the trust placed in them by the public and so we must question their commitment to their duty to serve.
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.
Many of the assumptions about who wrote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are wrong. The less known story of the men and women who wrote this foundational, emancipatory and anti-colonial document must be told in today's world.
women the canaries in the coal mine, their ill treatment signalling larger
problems within a society? Or is there something deeper going on?
Might male-female relations actually be the coal mine itself?
The events of the Arab Revolt have dramatically shifted the position of Israel in the region. Arab regimes have moved from rejecting the existence of Israel to accommodation, to implicit cooperation, in some cases, open cooperation.
Participants at the HINW
Conference were screened for nuclear contamination yesterday, before listening
to testimony from survivors mobilising for the abolition of nuclear weapons in
what Pope Francis called "our common home."
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.
Tweets are emerging as a novel form of incriminating evidence in a
rapidly changing terrain of modern warfare. What ought to be their evidentiary
value and legal status under international law of armed conflict?
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
Public discourse surrounding the Ebola
outbreak is infected by older narratives that seek to stereotype Africa and
Africans. The Band Aid initiatives are typical of this: Africa as a country, a
place where there is no space for Christmas joy, and a place that needs the west.
Not only did the Arab peoples revolt, but the power of their revolts was so significant and threatening to the regional geopolitical order that the regional powers had to diffuse the collective consciousness at any cost.
The Arab awakening is creating a new socio-political and economic reality in the region, transforming the balance of power, not because states have become stronger, but rather because states have become weak and fragile.