Digital Democracy: The Tools Transforming Political Engagement

Monday, September 21, 2020

Julie Simon, Theo Bass, Victoria Boelman, Geoff Mulgan​ This paper shares lessons from Nesta’s research into some of the pioneering innovations in digital democracy which are taking place…

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The Coronavirus pandemic, ecological catastrophe and global capitalism: an interlocking phenomenon

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mehdi Kia The Covid-19 pandemic has unravelled the close structural links between the climate crisis and the global capitalist mode of production.[1] See John Bellamy Foster and Brett…

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Israel’s elections: Decline of secular Zionism

Friday, March 13, 2020

Tony Greenstein Israel’s third general election in a year has shown a decisive shift to the Zionist right, but whether it will be sufficient to enable Binyamin Netanyahu…

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Roundtable: Iran’s Domestic Politics and Political Economy (Part 1)

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Arash Davari, Peyman Jafari, Ali Kadivar, Zep Kalb, Arang Keshavarzian, Azam Khatam, Saira Rafiee, and Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi Introduction Much of the discussion about politics in the Islamic Republic…

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Democratic revolution in Lebanon and Iraq

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Phil Hearse The Arab Spring of 2011-13 was drowned in rivers of blood, sometimes after being first diverted by the dead-end of political Islam. But in the last…

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Six Takeaways for the Next Decade of People Power

Friday, December 27, 2019

Shaazka Beyerle 2019 is being called “the year of protest.” A nexus of corruption, inequality, and unaccountable and unresponsive governments has galvanized citizens across the globe. “People are…

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Understanding Socialism by Richard Wolff: Book Review

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Michael Roberts The New York Times magazine has described Richard Wolff as “probably America’s most prominent Marxist economist”.  And that is probably not an exaggeration as a description of this emeritus Professor of…

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Two impossibilities: Neither a one-state or two-state solution is feasible

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Moshé Machover It is generally accepted – except by people who know better – that there are just two possible resolutions to the Israeli-Palestinian national/colonial conflict: either a…

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Iran Nationwide Popular Protests Call for Overthrow of Demagogic Regime

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Frieda Afari Police stations, banks, some public buildings,  a few religious seminaries and  many posters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have been set on fire.  Demonstrators have…

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“Turkey Is Reviving Islamic State in Rojava”

Sunday, November 17, 2019

An interview with Rosa Burç and Kerem Schamberger The death of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi isn’t the end of the Syrian bloodbath — even in…

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Turkey: Autopsy of Erdoǧan’s Istanbul Defeat

Friday, November 8, 2019

Certainties that had defined Turkish politics for a generation were thrown into doubt by the overwhelming victory Istanbul voters handed the opposition CHP party’s mayoral candidate Ekrem İmamoǧlu…

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Protesters In Lebanon Refuse to Compromise, Call Nationwide General Strike

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Madleine Freeman On the fifth day of a series of massive protests in Lebanon, workers from the country’s largest unions have joined over a million protesters in the…

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Will Massive Lebanese Demos end the Country’s Era of Corruption?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Amira Abo el-Fetouh We may be too optimistic to hope that the massive demonstrations that have spread in all the cities of Lebanon will lead to the collapse…

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Israel’s elections: The three political dimensions

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Moshé Machover I would like to deal with two aspects of Israeli politics: the attitude to Iran and the internal situation. Common to both parts is the intertwining…

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Defend the women’s revolution in northeastern Syria

Friday, October 11, 2019

ROAR collective Since 2012, with the leading role of women, the people in North and East Syria have been building a social system that enables a peaceful, radical-democratic,…

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Israel’s elections reveal a seismic split within Israel’s right

Friday, September 20, 2019

Meron Rapoport. While political analysts wonder if we have come to the end of the Netanyahu era, little attention is being paid to another major outcome of this…

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Syria: “More Tribal, More Sectarian, More Crony Capitalist Than Ever” An Interview with Joseph Daher

Monday, August 26, 2019

Bashar al-Assad has started confiscating the homes of Syrians who fled during the Civil War. For decades, his clan has purged the state of all but the most…

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The difficult relationship between the Kemalist CHP and the Kurdish HDP

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Gülistan Gürbey. The Republican People’s Party (CHP) was able to win the mayoral election in Istanbul (31 March and 23 June 2019) and at the same time experienced…

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Istanbul elections major blow to Erdoğan

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Esen Uslu. The results of the March 30 local elections across Turkey were a blow to the ruling coalition of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the…

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Are human rights history?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman Not so long ago, human rights were seen as a way out of the crises of a divided world. From the late 1970s, almost all political…

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Social Media and the internet: a powerful organising tool

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Podcast by David Harvey. Social media has been a powerful took in organising mass movements. Their use in organising more durable structures such as trade unions, women’s organisation…

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Indian elections: it wasn’t the economy, stupid!

Monday, June 3, 2019

L K Sharma. The people accepted electoral authoritarianism for their security. This neutralised warnings by intellectuals and opposition parties that Modi’s India was heading towards fascism. Narendra Modi’s…

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Eyewitness Report: Venezuela Up Close

Monday, May 20, 2019

Pat Fry. It was 7 AM April 30th in Caracas when I awoke to hear gun shots outside my hotel. Our group, seven US citizens and one Canadian,…

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Istanbul Elections: a Turkish Constitutional Crisis?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Richard Falk. Prefatory Note: There are important recent developments in Turkey. An unprecedented decision by the High Electoral Council (HEC) of Turkey to cancel the outcome of the…

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Populism, annexationism, messianism: increasing influence of religious zealots

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Moshé Machover. Binyamin (‘Bibi’) Netanyahu’s motive for calling an early election to the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), one year before the end of its term, was purely personal: it…

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What Revolutionaries Have Learned Since the Arab Spring

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Patrick Cockburn. Two very different political waves are sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa. Popular protests are overthrowing the leaders of military regimes for the first…

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The UAE’s Crusade against Regional Democracy

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Civil societies and political actors in the Middle East and North Africa have continuously fought for democratic change and positive reforms since the 2011 Arab Spring…

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A Palestinian View Of Recent Israeli Elections

Monday, April 22, 2019

Diana Buttu and Dennis J Bernstein Without question, the reporting on recent Israeli elections was devoid of a Palestinian perspective, despite the fact that Palestinians will be deeply…

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Trump’s America, Netanyahu’s Israel

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Adam Shatz. Israel’s legislative elections on 9 April were a tribute to Binyamin Netanyahu’s transformation of the political landscape.​ At no point were they discussed in terms of…

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Why the Zionist left died this week

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Edo Konrad. Tuesday’s election results were obvious to anyone paying attention. Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and rival Benny Gantz’s Blue and White won the same…

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