'Domestic work is the beginning of
all labour; it is central to our lives and is at the heart of our economy and society.' Three years on from her award-winning article 'Cry of a migrant', Marissa Begonia reflects on the ongoing fight for
the rights of migrant domestic workers in Britain.
A comprehensive understanding of how, why and when
opposition groups in civil war engage in civilian governance must have
important policy implications for outsiders engaging or toying with engaging in
deployments, and the political value attached to "nuclear deterrence"
are being challenged at the NPT conference. As 78 nations co-sponsor a
growing "humanitarian initiative", the five NPT nuclear-armed states
and some of their "nuclear umbrella" allies like Japan, Australia and
Germany are in denial. Rebecca Johnson reports
Europe is increasingly unpopular,
the recession hits the euro area and Angela Merkel is now facing a new populist
party. So Brussels opens up to a timid change of season. But austerity has
not yet been defeated politically, in
elections and in the streets.
Up in Arms normally
focuses on the figure of the soldier in order to track the militarization
process. Here we visit the overlooked role of the ‘military wife’ as a key to
interpreting far-reaching policy decisions.
What is missing is any serious discussion about the plight
of the Syrian people. If it turns out that a red line has been crossed, then
any intervention will be a geo-political intervention against the Assad regime.
The likely response is to arm the rebels rather than to intervene to protect
This second of two essays on military spending and the
EU crisis, explores
the role of the European arms trade, corruption and the role of arms exporting
countries in fuelling a debt crisis, and why these 'odious' debts need to be
written off. See Part One here.
A wave of enthusiasm took Icelanders through the 2012 referendum after the 2008 crash, once the widely-praised 'crowd-sourced' constitution appeared to be within reach. But Icelanders’ hopes seem to be evaporating in the haze of this week-end's parliamentary elections.
In launching their war of independence in November 1954, Algerians emphatically rejected this divisive bait, presenting instead an unshakeably united front against French hegemony, and rejecting numerous attempts to re-cast them into warring tribes fighting one another.
always claims they are protecting the downtrodden by monitoring the powerful,
though nowadays through standards often written by the lobbyists of the
powerful, which has a remarkable resemblance to catering to their almost every
The concept of a "grand coalition" in Italy is unlikely to work due to a history of distrust between the two main parties, and the emergence of Beppe Grillo's Five Stars Movement as a considerable political force.
Milos Zeman, the new president of the Czech Republic, has clearly distanced himself from the Eurosceptic views of his predecessor. Yet, a recent standoff with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows unexpected tension over foreign policy might be just around the corner.
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dialogue and debate. But a global debate without the female half of
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analysis, insight and views on current affairs.
In the months following the start of the Arab Revolutions, articles and analysis poured into openDemocracy from contributors across the Middle East and Europe. Gradually, the impact of Tahrir Square began to extend well beyond the Middle East as democratic inspiration travelled from east to west. Arab Awakening tries to capture that inspiration and use it to help us read a rapidly changing world.
"As students of politics is it is vital to study the power of imagination."
-Professor Charles Tripp, SOAS