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The Left in Europe: From Social Democracy to the Crisis in the Euro Zone An Interview with Leo Panitch, by Adaner Usmani, New Politics

The Left in Europe: From Social Democracy to the Crisis in the Euro Zone An Interview with Leo Panitch, by Adaner Usmani, New Politics | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Adaner Usmani: I wanted to begin by asking you about the history that precedes the crisis, and specifically about the evolution of European social democracy. On the one hand we have seen social democratic governments in Greece, France and elsewhere entirely complicit in the evisceration of the welfare state, and in the imposition of austerity. On the other hand, the tradition of which they’re a part brought many benefits to Europe’s working classes. The welfare state is a real achievement, after all, and it’s arguably held up better than many radicals argue. Certainly there’s a strong current of academic literature, known as the Varieties of Capitalism (VOC) school, which argues that its degeneration has been overstated.



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Avoid making childish statements on decriminalisation of politics: Mayawati to Narendra Modi

Avoid making childish statements on decriminalisation of politics: Mayawati to Narendra Modi | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Avoid making childish statements on decriminalisation of politics: Mayawati to Narendra Modi - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) itself has in its rank and file people with criminal records, and urged their prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to avoid making childish statements on decriminalising politics.
"The party itself has a lot of people with criminal records, because of which, there are a lot of issues going on within the BJP. Instead of making such childish comments, they should take a look at their own party," said Mayawati.

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Critique of the Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics - P2P Foundation

Critique of the Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics - P2P Foundation | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

This is not the least merit of #Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics. It has at least some grasp of contemporary conjuncture in which we find ourselves. But the grasp is in my view, only partial. In some ways it’s a rather old-fashioned text. Of course, one is always drawing on the past to imagine a future. But this process – some would call it détournement, some would call it hacking – has to be done with a little more historical depth and breadth. What follows, then, is a friendly commentary and critique of #Accelerate. The numbering of these counter-theses match those of the original document.

 
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Foreign Policy - the global magazine of economics, politics, and ideas

Foreign Policy - the global magazine of economics, politics, and ideas | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Foreign Policy is a global magazine of politics, economics, and ideas.

 

One of the most current, credible names in international politics and global affairs, Foreign Policy delivers highly influential corporate leader, policymaker, and professional audiences in print and online. Together, Foreign Policy and ForeignPolicy.com provide the best available analysis of pressing global challenges by the world's leading experts. Foreign Policy will be an efficient, effective addition to your media plan.


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A Revolution in Politics? Social Media in China, Egypt, and the US

A Revolution in Politics? Social Media in China, Egypt, and the US | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The ways in which digital technologies are transforming politics was the unifying theme of a discussion by Tony Saich, Tarek Masoud, and Archon Fung at their Harvard Kennedy School IDEASpHERE session “A Revolution in Politics?

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What Mandela taught us - FT.com

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In 1993, South African general Constand Viljoen was plotting an Afrikaner guerrilla war against multiracial rule. So Nelson Mandela invited him over for tea.

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Political seminar: PTI election manifesto faces tough scrutiny

Political seminar: PTI election manifesto faces tough scrutiny | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

As part of a series of seminars to dissect the manifestos of various political parties, the Sustainable Policy Development Institute invited speakers from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) in Islamabad on Wednesday to address a gathering of journalists and political enthusiasts. The PTI’s 31-page account of projected changes to turn around rampant corruption and deprivation in Pakistan is to its credit, cloaked with an optimism that is heartening were it to satiate the many echoes of ‘but how?’ within the seminar room. The verbal crossfire between PTI’s advocates and those curious to undress a prudish set of plans was not out of hostility, but out of genuine curiosity. PTI’s Deputy Secretary Information Ahmad Jawad and the party’s International Chapter chief Dr Humayun Mohamand unveiled a manifesto that can be described as vague, at best as it communicated an idealistic makeover of Pakistan into what Jawad related as a shift towards  a self-sufficient welfare state without reliance on foreign aid.


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