Marine Le Pen explains why nationalism is important

Marine Le Pen is hoping for a boost in local elections next month. She has tapped into the anger of France’s anti-establishment yellow vest protesters, many of whom share her views on immigration and curbing the dominance of Paris over the provinces. Her brand of nationalist populism remains toxic to many, but she has achieved … Read more Marine Le Pen explains why nationalism is important

Is Bollywood complicit in pushing Modi’s right-wing agenda? | UpFront

The mainstreaming of a hardline brand of Hindu nationalism, mob lynchings, attacks on students, and an escalation in hate crimes: These have all become features of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, most celebrities have been reluctant to speak out against the prime minister’s politics. Bollywood songwriter and poet Javed Akhtar … Read more Is Bollywood complicit in pushing Modi’s right-wing agenda? | UpFront

Is Ethiopia sliding backwards under Abiy Ahmed? | UpFront

In this episode of UpFront, we challenge Lencho Bati, an adviser to the office of the Ethiopian prime minister about Abiy Ahmed’s controversial handling of protests and ask why the Nobel laureate is so media-shy. And we talk to two Bollywood legends about why so many celebrities in India are not speaking out against Prime … Read more Is Ethiopia sliding backwards under Abiy Ahmed? | UpFront

UN’s Moratinos: ‘Inclusive identity’ can build a better world | Talk to Al Jazeera

“Every civilisation sees itself as the centre of the world and writes its history as the central drama of human history,” wrote political scientist Samuel Huntington in The Clash of Civilizations. And it is precisely due to our poor understanding – or lack of will to understand – others’ cultures that the world is as … Read more UN’s Moratinos: ‘Inclusive identity’ can build a better world | Talk to Al Jazeera

🇬🇧 Will Brexit break up the UK? | The Stream

The UK officially left the European Union on Friday, beginning a transition period where London must negotiate a trade deal with the EU by the end of the year. The historic end to 47 years of EU membership was met with both celebration, mourning, and a sense of anxiety for many UK citizens living in Scotland and … Read more 🇬🇧 Will Brexit break up the UK? | The Stream

How a Penniless Yoga Guru Built a Consumer Goods Empire by Tapping Into Indian Nationalism

Jan.30 — A television celebrity and a relentless salesman, Baba Ramdev is known to every Indian but barely heard of outside the country. Yet, he’s a force to be reckoned with. This yoga guru has built a billion dollar consumer goods empire that is giving the likes of Unilever and Colgate a run for their … Read more How a Penniless Yoga Guru Built a Consumer Goods Empire by Tapping Into Indian Nationalism

Beyond the Wall Pt 2: From Germany to Bulgaria, What Happened to Hope? | People & Power

Thirty years ago, Europe was awash with optimism as the Cold War was coming to an end and the Berlin Wall fell. So what happened to those high hopes of peace and prosperity? Last November, celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall were overshadowed by a palpable sense of … Read more Beyond the Wall Pt 2: From Germany to Bulgaria, What Happened to Hope? | People & Power

Why are Indian Muslims scared of SACRED COWS? – VisualPolitik EN

You might Narenda Modi, Indian PM, but he rules the World’s biggest democracy. More than 600 million people have casted their votes in the latest Indian elections: this is twice the total population of America. And who did they voted for? Well, you might be surprised but the country of yoga, non-violence and spirituality is … Read more Why are Indian Muslims scared of SACRED COWS? – VisualPolitik EN

Brave New World: Tackling Internet Governance at IGF 2013

Debate about the future of Internet governance has recently gained great currency and pierced the Twitter sphere. Over the past year, major developments in the internet landscape have brought the global internet governance ecosystem firmly into the spotlight. Internet governance issues are now in the mainstream of international policy concerns and there is a growing … Read more Brave New World: Tackling Internet Governance at IGF 2013

Statelessness and the Right to Belong – Dr Jelka Zorn

The issue of statelessness concerns the right to belong and the right to have rights. The right to belong is connected not only to an individual’s dignity, but also to political and social rights, and as such can be decisive for pure survival. The situation of statelessness would therefore seem contrary to the general aim … Read more Statelessness and the Right to Belong – Dr Jelka Zorn

Faith: Is Religion the Real Problem in the Middle East?

Those who enjoy the blame-game prefer it not to be a multiple choice question. A problem has to be all the fault of religion; for example the headline is “religious riots” if the criminals burning down churches and mosques happen to belong to different religions. Or, alternatively, the problem is all about land, ethnicity or nationalism; nothing to do … Read more Faith: Is Religion the Real Problem in the Middle East?