Etienne Balibar: Laïcité or identity?

Byc: 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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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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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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The Migration Panic And Its (Mis)Uses

By: Zygmunt Bauman

TV news, newspaper headlines, political speeches and tweets used to deliver foci and outlets for public anxieties and fears are currently overflowing with references to the “migration crisis” – ostensibly overwhelming Europe and portending the collapse and demise of the …
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Jacques Rancière: The Front National’s useful idiots

By: Mike Watson

According to the philosopher Jacques Rancière, a number of so-called French ‘republican’ intellectuals have been opening the door to the Front National for some time now. In an interview with Éric Aeschimannm, Rancière shows how universalist values have been perverted …
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Walter Benjamin: The Refugee and Migrant’—by Esther Leslie

Speaking at Walter Benjamin Now, an event at Whitechapel Gallery marking the 75th anniversary of Benjamin’s death, Esther Leslie thinks through Benjamin’s concepts, in particular the ‘microcosm’, to reflect on the contemporary migrant crisis at the borders of Fortress Europe. …
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A Islamic State (IS) ; A totalitarian, expansive and hegemonic project

By: Volker Perthes

Are we underestimating the scope of Islamic State (IS) by referring to it as a “terrorist militia”? IS raises taxes, recruits soldiers, pays officials and is keeping oil wells in operation. According to Volker Perthes, it would be more accurate …
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Dispatches on the Future City, by Hamid Dabashi

In 2013 I had the opportunity to engage in a series of public conversations about the future of the city around the world, many of which stemmed from the publication of a book that I wrote about Arab revolutions called …
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