The 6thof May 2012, will undoubtedly go down in history as the day the political landscape of Europe changed dramatically, as the anti-austerity movement grows in the continent’s most economically turbulent countries. Mass protests have rocked Spain, while David Cameron’s coalition recently faced massive losses in local elections. But perhaps the most important changes have come from France and Greece, as it seems the Left has finally found its voice after many years of intense searching…continue reading →
With the bloody conflict in Libya drawing to a close, Western media attention seems to be focusing on the situation in Syria. But while some revolutions have managed to gain the spotlight, others have been ignored. While blood flows on the streets of Damascus and Homs, anti-government protests continue in both Yemen and Bahrain, and both revolutions have been brutally suppressed. Yet when Gaddafi killed protestors on the streets of Benghazi, the violence was condemned, and before long, NATO had begun its operations in Libya. Is it then that the plights of the Bahraini and Yemeni peoples are less important than those of Libyans and Syrians? That is simply not true… continue reading →
One protest does not make a Revolution make, nor a few crumbs of royal concessions to women, a Saudi spring. King Abdullah’s declaration that women will be able to vote and stand in the next local elections in 2015 is progress, despite earlier promises of women being allowed to vote in last week’s opinion polls. There is, then, much to be done as Saudi Arabia remains the only country on this planet that prohibits women from driving. However, there is evidence that many women in Saudi Arabia do not want radical change, and those in favour of reform have little or no political power... continue reading →
It is almost 50 years since Mao Zedong proclaimed, “The guerrillas must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea”, and no movement better represents this infamous quote than Mao’s ideological children, India’s Naxalites.
Born from a peasant uprising in 1967 in the small village of Naxalbari (from which they get their name), the Maoists quickly became one of the world’s leading guerrilla forces, attracting the support of millions across the globe. However, the movement lost momentum during the 70’s as the Naxalites failed to capitalize on previous successes. Now, however, the movement appears to be regaining strength, and the Maoists appear to be regrouping, deep within India’s jungles; forging new alliances, honouring old ideologies. continue reading →