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Is civic space really shrinking, and if so who’s to blame ?

David Sogge 01/10/19

The changing shape of civil society is due to international forces, not just domestic repression. Vilified as alien wolves in local sheep’s clothing, human rights NGOs and independent media groups have been cut off from their outside funders and (...)

Victory in the shadow of Erdogan’s authoritarianism

Alperen Atik , Burcu Degirmen-Dysart 26/06/19

Turkey’s opposition wins a major victory showing that the government’s push to overturn the Istanbul mayoral elections had an inverse effect. On June 23, Istanbul residents cast a ballot to elect their mayor for the second time in the last three (...)

Designer activism and post-democracy

Alex De Waal 25/04/17

For campaigners committed to transformational social change, the unscripted howl of celebrities is a weak peg on which to hang a movement. Celebrity philanthropists like Bono, Madonna, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie have become the public (...)

The battle for neoliberal hegemony : an interview with Nancy Fraser

Fabiola Navarro, Nancy Fraser, Roque Urbieta Hernandez 25/01/16

The conditions of working-class people in the global north are converging with the conditions of the global south. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed a permanent global crisis in our political systems, from an increasingly precarious (...)

New movements in South Africa ?

Matt Meyer 18/12/13

Despite a rising consciousness throughout the continent of the problems of increased militarization, coinciding with an increased appreciation of the power of creative nonviolent conflict, these conditions have not yet led to a rising movement (...)

Who is Xi Jinping, and where will he lead China ?

William A Callahan 08/11/12

The imminent accession to power of China’s fifth generation of leaders since 1949 focuses attention on the background and character of its new president. Xi Jinping’s route to the summit, and the crucial fall of his fellow princeling Bo Xilai (...)

Sudan’s protests become civil insurrection

Stephen Zunes 09/07/12

Sudan has a history of non-violent pro-democracy civil insurrection which far pre-dates the Arab Spring. But can such an uprising succeed today ? A growing anti-government movement consisting of nonviolent demonstrations as well as scattered (...)

Journey of fear towards an uncertain future

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury 18/04/12

The two large parties in Bangladesh have already turned to the worst sort of dynastic politics. At the same time, Islamist influences and left wing groups are becoming ever more involved with the dominant political forces. Alongside this, (...)

The politics of Egypt’s elections

Andrea Teti , Gennaro Gervasio 29/12/11

The military may wish to maintain its economic and political stranglehold, the Brotherhood may feel its time has come, and progressive groups may want to push for real change. But for the time being the Egyptian people remain an enigma. As (...)

Libya’s revolution : tribe, nation, politics

Igor Cherstich 05/10/11

The Libyan war is often portrayed through a “tribal” lens that fails to explain how the country’s tribes coexist with a sense of nationhood. The Libyan war has not been a tribal conflict. Yet throughout the seven months of fighting, much external (...)

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