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Lessons from Mahalla, Paris: what future for Egypt’s fractured revolution?

Lessons from Mahalla, Paris: what future for Egypt’s fractured revolution?

When the Arab Spring erupted in 2011, the post-modern era of skepticism and pessimism in relation to positive, progressive political change was broken, albeit momentarily. The sight of thousands of […]
2012, the Internet and the Proliferation of Fear

2012, the Internet and the Proliferation of Fear

‘If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences’ The Thomas Theorem. Sociologist W.I. Thomas (1863-1947)   December 21st 2012. The date looms, the new era beckons. […]
The Sudan Uprisings - clues for an anti-capitalist agenda

The Sudan Uprisings – clues for an anti-capitalist agenda

A spectre is haunting the world- the spectre of Austerity. Deficit-cutting measures now haunt populations across the world and it is the poorest and most vulnerable that are being hit […]
#3 - Yes, sure but it's not likely to happen is it, so...

#3 – Yes, sure but it’s not likely to happen is it, so…

Mr Guest Editor, following your revelation that, if the opportunity arose, you would like to return as the head of the country, we’ve had a long think about that and […]
The Spear: Zuma unwrapped

The Spear: Zuma unwrapped

The arts and the historical conditions of their creation are undoubtedly interdependent and not always easily demarcated, with each consistently blurring into the other. As critics such as Frederic Jameson […]
Burma on an irreversible path towards democracy

Burma on an irreversible path towards democracy

As has been more than amply evidenced in recent months and years, the final days of oppressive, regimes are very often ugly, uncertain, and deadly. An unwillingness to change with […]
Reimagining Naïvety - Metropolis and 21st century politics

Reimagining Naïvety – Metropolis and 21st century politics

Utopias and dystopias of the past tell us something about the present: they reveal hopes and fears surrounding decisions that led to the way things are now. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis […]
Interconnected chaos in Islamic Africa – the Tuareg rebellion

Interconnected chaos in Islamic Africa – the Tuareg rebellion

Much has been written about the domestic implications of the Arab Spring, but the external relevance of the uprising across North Africa and the Arab world has not yet been […]
The autonomous statelessness of Transnistria

The autonomous statelessness of Transnistria

The separatist region of Transnistria has long been a disputed territory and as is the case with many other former constituents of the Soviet Union, such as Nagorno-Karabakh, it remains […]