Struggling for the right to decent housing and against the criminalisation of
poverty, South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali
baseMjondolo face severe police repression. Here S'bu
Zikode outlines the lethal consequences of police militarisation and the ANC's
political capture of the police.
Film: Experience of policing the community you have grown up in holds real challenges for an ex-Special Police Constable. Part of the Whose Police? collection of interviews with citizens, analysts and activists around the world exploring the question: where does security come from?
Film: In this interview, direct experience of London's Metropolitan Police has led to a focus on non-compliance as a fundamental response. Part of the Whose Police? collection of interviews with citizens, analysts and activists around the world exploring the question: where does security come from?
Fawaz Gerges and Rosemary Hollis with Robin Yassin-Kassab at the openDemocracy conference Syria's peace: what, how, when?, discussing the regional proxy war, class dynamics in Syria, intervention and the costs of not negotiating with Assad.
The European left should be the most committed and consistent advocate of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in order to prevent discrimination. But further than that, it should espouse a cosmopolitan politics to manage diversity in a progressive manner. And that politics is inconceivable unless the individual citizen is understood to represent its basic unit.
M23's military campaign in North Kivu has profound consequences for Kinshasa and regionally. A regional military force to end the rebellion is hotly disputed: Rwanda and Uganda have interests in the instability, while placing any more foreign troops into this volatile region holds great uncertainty.
It has increasingly become a question of when - not if - the violence in Syria will lead to sectarian fighting in Lebanon. This reflects a commonly held belief that conflict in Lebanon is shaped from outside its borders; a belief that risks ignoring the ways in which Lebanon can be responsible for its own fate.
The complexity of local and regional conflict dynamics in
Afghanistan and Pakistan would be well served by the revivification of the
Jirga system, the only convincing institutional base through which to build
The term 'local reconciliation' may seem benign, but recent research amongst Tamils in the north of the country highlights the damaging silence hanging over the survivors of the conflict, and a determination to reach justice through transparency over past and present wrongs.
Debates on the Iranian nuclear programme tend to adopt a
Manichean view depicting it as a major security threat. If we want to properly
address the issue of nuclear proliferation, it is time to switch to a different
framework for negotiations.
In seven years of independent control, South Sudan has not diversified its economy. Now the domestic agricultural sector languishes and international agri-businesses procure land for export markets. This failure could fuel conflict, if real change is not made.
Amidst the deep hurt
of civil war, many think it impossible to speak with, let alone work with,
people from across divisions of conflict. A diverse group of young British Sri
Lankans have directly experienced this. Here they examine reconciliation as not
only a possibility, but a present undertaking.
Far right groups like Golden Dawn are not a new phenomenon in Greece, nor do they derive from today's financial
crisis. The roots of fascist groups lie in the reliance on the vilification of a political enemy to rule.
and insecurity is filling the void left by our governments' inaction on climate
change. But framing Climate Change as a security problem, rather than one of
justice or human rights, may only perpetuate that.
One can no
longer say that Syria is a moderate, pragmatic, stabilizing and secular
regional centre keeping extremism at bay - a natural function of its geography,
relatively diverse ethno-sectarian make-up, as well as the political
sophistication of its people.
For the last two years, the Baltic states
have been role models for pro-austerity organisations such as IMF or EU. But there is an increasing and urgent need to deflate the myth of the austerity success story and tackle growing economic fractures.
The Newtown school shooting has re-awakened debates not only on gun control and mental illness, but also on the role of law enforcement in detecting and eliminating emerging threats. Quietly emerging is a solution that means not more guns, but more militarization.
The acquittal of two Croatian generals by the
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia undermines the very
idea that international tribunals can contribute to peace and reconciliation in
ETA's 2011 ceasefire was a historic marker for the 40-plus year struggle. As the group struggles for political legitimation, has Spain entered an era in which ETA and its sympathizers can pursue secessionist goals from within the boundaries of legality?