During the re-writing of history after Margaret Thatcher's death, a story remained untold. This was the support the Iron Lady enjoyed from some Black activists, due not least to the crushing of the 'racist' union movement.
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.
Europe can make
sense only insofar as it becomes a space which makes it easier to get rid of
the fear that the crisis is disseminating within the social fabric, a space
where it is more viable to struggle against poverty, exploitation, and
The treatment of politicians Laura Boldrini and Cecile Kyenge highlights the persistent
problem of the abuse of women in Italy's public sphere. This cannot be dismissed as just a debate about censorship. Italy’s gender question is a wound left
In preparation for Zimbabwe's forthcoming general election, the use of quotas to increase women’s
occupation of political office remains one of the most effective tools for
countering the patriarchal barrier to women of ‘merit’, says opposition MP Jessie Fungayi
UK political debate, boundaries are being blurred between the two hot topics on
the political agenda: migration and the EU. This should be a wake-up
call for the 2.7 million European immigrants living and working in the UK, says Nando
The Scottish nationalists want to win next years independence vote by saying things will not change while those opposing them paint 'separation' as a disaster yet call for the UK to leave the EU in order to... stay the same. What are we to make of it?
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.
Aleksei Navalny on trial and other opposition leaders under threat, Vladimir
Putin is relying more on the stick than the carrot to shore up his regime.
Kirill Rogov points out the risks of this policy.
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