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Published: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:08:41 +0200

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Alone and tired

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In the latest of his Battle Dispatches from the electoral front, George Blecher visits the heartlands of the Trump vote in the swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio and begins to get to the heart of The Donald's appeal.

Carpets and ceramics

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

A supposed dichotomy between Islam and Europe means that representations of European cultural heritage exclude Islam. Despite multiculturalist avowals, European museums reproduce the orientalism of the nineteenth century, argues curator Klas Grinell.

The dissident history of trees

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Environmental protests in Russia combine rule of law arguments with cultural and moral dimensions. Jane Costlow traces the hidden history of environmentalism in Russia and looks at one contemporary example: the Dubki park protests in Moscow.

The limits of solidarity

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The success of Germany's anti-immigration party signals a mood-swing in public debate on the refugee crisis. The solidarity expressed by Angela Merkel's 'We can manage' has given way to something much less generous, writes Daniel Leisegang.

The silence of political liberalism

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Deprived of its normative core and disappointed in its hopes for universal justice, contemporary liberalism is mute in the face of current conflicts and crises. Regina Kreide seeks reasons for liberal theory's loss of relevance in today's violent, chaotic and radically unequal world. [English version added]

Into the gutter

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In his latest dispatch from the frontline of the US election campaign, George Blecher watches as the candidates unearth the dirt in each other's pasts. Policy he asks, what's that? Forget it.

The decline of liberal democracy in Europe's midst

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Fidesz's constitutional counter-revolution has reversed the process of democratization begun in Hungary in 1989. Seeking reasons for Hungary's 'backsliding', Gábor Halmai argues that democratic culture is more crucial than formal legality to guaranteeing rule of law. Hungary challenges the EU's ability to prevent illiberal democracies emerging in its midst.

The art of lying

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Duck and dodge, wheel and deal, lies, lies and precious few facts or statistics. In the second of his Battle Dispatches covering the US elections, George Blecher explains how lying – or what he calls 'evasive rhetoric' – has become the campaign's central issue on both sides.

The roots of hate

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The assumption that self-loathing is the root of homophobia ignores the fact that heterosexuals are more than capable of anti-gay damage, and is a convenient absolution for straight people. Alex Macpherson criticizes media fascination with the supposed homosexuality of Omar Mateen.

Sexual violence: An introduction

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Public debate about sexual violence does not guarantee that society confronts what is done to those who experience it, writes Gaby Zipfel. In order to understand public debate about sexual violence, we need to analyse who speaks and what is and isn’t spoken about.

Vienna has fallen!

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

How much in common must a community have? Quite a lot, says Eurozine's Carl Henrik Fredriksson. At the very least a common public sphere. Because without it, Europe's publics will be easy prey for those who know how to play the strings of history. [Swedish version added]

Beware the destruction of the state!

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

In his recent book Black Earth, the historian Timothy Snyder analyses the Holocaust in terms of the destruction of the state. The Nazi and Soviet regimes had a comparable role in causing the Holocaust, despite their different ideologies and intentions, he argues.

The ugly Americans

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0200

It's about to get rough and with all still to play for. The big question in the following weeks will be how Hillary handles herself under the pressure of Trump's coming barrage. In the first of his US election 'Battle Dispatches', George Blecher challenges Hillary to come out fighting.

Moving Stories

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

One issue alone came to determine the result in the recent UK referendum: Migration, not the economy, stupid -- comments Judith Vidal-Hall in her account of a recent anthology exploring Britain's history as a place of refuge.

On a possible triangulation of some present political positions

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

It is fair to say that what is called globalization used to be built on the unexamined premise that the whole planet will end up modernizing toward some convergent omega point called the Globe. This is no longer the case - observes Bruno Latour in a lecture given in May 2016 at Humboldt University, Berlin.

The future council

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Decisions on large-scale infrastructure projects and sustainable energy development must draw on dialogue-based processes. "Future councils" can provide a basis for political identity and clarify the implications that large infrastructure projects have at a local level. [German version added]

On the borders of solidarity

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The debate about migration in political and media discourse is dominated by issues of economics and culture, while only the ethical approach reveals the question of power, writes Phillip Cole. The left must on one hand understand anxieties people have about immigration, but on the other show courage in contesting beliefs based on untruths.

The presidential primaries: A guide to the coming chaos

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The US presidential primaries may have appeared to be a cross between a circus and a caricature of a reality show, but don't be misled, says George Blecher, the real show has yet to take place. The campaign between the two most unpopular candidates ever to stand for President will be brutal.

Dear Comrades! Chernobyl's mark on the Anthropocene

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Authors writing about the Anthropocene and the Chernobyl disaster alike tend to slip into millennial scales and metaphysics. Historian Kate Brown suggests getting down to the particulars: the dates, facts and fate of people most directly confronted with the new radioactive reality. [Estonian version added]

Preparing for change

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

To retain his grip on power, Vladimir Putin now depends on exporting instability and escalating international tensions. In the face of which, Garry Kasparov warns against complacency. At the same time, he insists it's only a question of time before dramatic change comes to Russia itself. [Slovenian version added]

New Eurozine partner: Symbol (Kosovo)

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The Albanian-language cultural journal "Symbol" has joined the Eurozine network. Established in 2013, the magazine is intended as a bridge between cultures and a forum where different artists articulate their visions. "Symbol" features writings on literature, theatre, film, music, media and the arts.

Visuality, virtuality, trauma

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

German filmmaker Harun Farocki and Israeli artist Omer Fast have articulated the link between temporality, virtuality, trauma and today's militarized world. Anne Zeitz takes their works as points of departure for looking at how high-tech war is reshaping both temporality and subjectivity.

Peak democracy?

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

"Razpotja" considers the spectres of dictatorship haunting Europe; "Mittelweg 36" examines past and present commitments to democracy; "Blätter" asks if the post-Brexit era spells the beginning of the end for Europe; "Multitudes" anticipates a universal basic income for all; "Krytyka" sees a historical opportunity for Ukrainian politics; "RozRazil" investigates the plurality of meanings embodied in the nation; "Letras Libres" reflects on the rise of speciesism; "Kulturos barai" senses that under conditions of austerity, extremism becomes a norm; and "Vikerkaar" confronts the shock of the Anthropocene.

Poland's turn to the Right

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

It's high time we reject explanations that declare the PiS electoral victory of 2015 to be rooted in the undemocratic legacy of the communist regime, argues Pawel Marczewski. The source of scepticism concerning the EU, and the very idea of liberal democracy, is to be found elsewhere. [Slovenian version added]

Dear Comrades! Chernobyl's mark on the Anthropocene

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Authors writing about the Anthropocene and the Chernobyl disaster alike tend to slip into millennial scales and metaphysics. Historian Kate Brown suggests getting down to the particulars: the dates, facts and fate of people most directly confronted with the new radioactive reality. [Estonian version added]

Pact of silence

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

Today, Spain is as far from coming to terms with the events of the Spanish Civil War as with the ensuing dictatorship that only ended with Franco's death in 1975. Julia Macher outlines the resulting political divides and how they sustain the turbulence around post-Francoist democracy.

Spain's Transición

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

It was once described as "perhaps the most successful transition from dictatorship to democracy that the world has ever witnessed". Hyperbole aside, Birgit Aschmann takes issue with viewing Spain's transition as an isolated event, to the neglect of key transnational factors.

The Spanish Civil War, 80 years after

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

During the early hours of 18 July 1936, Franco declared a state of war and his opposition to the Second Spanish Republic. In undermining the Republican government's ability to keep order, the ensuing coup d'état precipitated unprecedented open violence. [Slovenian version added]

Critical junctures

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

"Index" warns of increasing threats to reporters worldwide; "Polar" discusses the paradoxical appeal of truth in an age of post-truth politics; "Esprit" is up all night on the Place de la République; "Il Mulino" condemns the cruelty of contemporary European politics; "Soundings" assesses the prospects for European solidarity post-Brexit; "Czas kultury" goes cycling; "Revista Crítica" dances to a contemporary tune, whether digitally downloaded or live at a festival; and "Ord&Bild" talks to Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich.

Place de la République, 31-47 March 2016

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0200

The Place de la République in Paris has taken on a distinctive life of its own lately, driven not least by members of a generation with neither job nor housing security. Anthropologist Véronique Nahoum-Grappe presents her impressions of the Nuit debout movement.