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A world without alternatives

By Zygmunt Bauman in Features, November 12, 2014

Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Universities of Leeds and Warsaw explains the consequences of the steady dismantling of the institutions intended to defend the victims of an increasingly deregulated greed-driven economy.

Palestinian options at the UN and the ICC

By Victor Kattan in Politics,

At last, it appears that the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) 138-9 majority vote in November 2012 to accord Palestine observer state status might finally be bearing fruit.

​Verdun, France and Europe

By Edward Chisholm in Travel Writing, November 11, 2014

‘During the time that the battle of Verdun raged, the dead from both sides equalled almost the entire losses suffered by the British Empire during the Second World War. Roughly one death every two minutes – night and day – for ten months.’

A rule in the guise of democracy

By Rudolf Ungváry in Politics, November 10, 2014

The present Hungarian system is the product of an extreme-right revolt against democracy but instead of playing itself out in the customary “revolutionary uprising” mode, it blends into the political background of the European Union, while quietly ticking away like a time bomb.

Review: Serhii Plokhy, ‘The Last Empire’

By Rodric Braithwaite in Features, November 6, 2014

Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador in Moscow from 1988 to 1992 and author of “Afgantsy” reviews Serhii Plokhy’s “The Last Empire”, recounting the final days of the Soviet Union.

The Cossacks: a sabre on the wall

By Vlad Chorazy in Features, November 5, 2014

A history of the Cossacks from earliest times as they bartered for their social freedoms in exchange for military service, contributing to the expansion of the small Tsardom of Muscovy into a vast Russian Empire. Cossacks fiercely defended their independence for centuries in a period of serfdom.

From Pol Pot to ISIS

By John Pilger in Features, November 4, 2014

John Pilger evokes the US bombing of Cambodia in the 1970s, which gave rise to Pol Pot and the genocidal Khmer Rouge, in examining the rise of the equally fanatical ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the role of Western governments, and the urgent need for solutions that include a truce in Syria, and justice for the Palestinians.

Scotland: “The slow fuse or the quick fuse”?

By Peter Arnott in Features,

Glaswegian playwright Peter Arnott looks to the future and analyses the fallout from the Scottish independence referendum.

Germany’s green power surge has a massive cost

By Gert Brunekreeft in Environment, November 3, 2014

The German renewables transition has been a phenomenal success, but consumers – and hence voters – are starting to feel the pinch

The Mass Shooting in Mexico

By Laura Carlsen in Features,

The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico’s drug wars. “The Mexican government must begin to enforce the law, even against those with money and power.”