Burning summers after the spring

Two new accounts of Syria and Egypt, the states that failed after their popular attempts at revolution.

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At what point did the revolution in Egypt go off the rails? This was the question my friends and I spent most of our time discussing in smoke-filled rooms in Cairo in the years following the overthrow of President Hosni …
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Etienne Balibar: Laïcité or identity?

By: Etienne Balibar / 31 August 2016

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The controversial banning of the “Burkini” by several French municipalities last week – and it’s overturning by the state council – has once again brought the question of what laïcité actually means, and who it works for, in contemporary France. …
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Zygmunt Bauman: Behind the world’s ‘crisis of humanity’

By: Al Jazeera

In Western Europe it has been a summer of great change and discontent. The European Union is facing major upheaval as the United Kingdom gets ready to withdraw its membership, in the process possibly jeopardising the composition of the country …
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Jihadism: A Generational and Nihilist Revolt

By: Olivier Roy

Jihadism as Nihilist Revolt The destruction of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq will change nothing about the uninterrupted radicalization of the French youth since the 1990s. Whether these youth were already Muslim or recent converts, this radicalism has …
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Slavoj Žižek on Brexit, the crisis of the Left, and the future of Europe

By: SLAVOJ ZIZEK and BENJAMIN RAMM

The Slovenian philosopher tells Benjamin Ramm that the survival of the European project is too important to be left to a referendum.     Slavoj Žižek is animated about Brexit. “You know, popular opinion is not always right”, he insists. …
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Five Book Plan: Islamophobia

By: Deepa Kumar

For our latest Five Book Plan — posted in conjunction with the publication of Edwy Plenel’s For the Muslims — we invited Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, to contribute a list of her top five …
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A Time of Disruption

By: Cédric Durand

25 June 2016     So the time of disruption has come. Against the backdrop of economic disaster, bureaucratic arrogance and a contemptuous lack of concern for social questions, the appeal of the European project has constantly weakened over recent …
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Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

By: by Özgür Gökmen

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April …
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Palestine through the lens of Frantz Fanon (part 1)

By: Nick Rodrigo

Part 1: Why Fanon? The indispensability of thought and the urgency of action Palestine is in the throes of revolt. It started with protests and demonstrations at the presence of Israeli “Temple Mount” activists (and their political benefactors) at the …
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