A Walled Europe: The Shadow of the Middle Ages in Migration Policies

Yoselina Guevara The Brenner Pass hosted a symbolic border crossing in protest against Austrian plans to deploy its military in the area to block refugees from entering the country. Fabian Wagner In the face of the certain possibility of a new wave of refugees, particularly from Afghanistan, twelve European countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic,…

Gaslighting 1.1 Billion Africans

Benjamin Attia and Morgan Bazilian The majority of the Congolese population doesn’t have access to electricity. (Eduardo Soteras, AFP via Getty Images) Today’s global energy inequities are staggering. Video gamers in California consume more electricity than entire nations. The average Tanzanian used only one-sixth the electricity consumed by a typical American refrigerator in 2014. Globally, the top 10 percent of countries consume 20…

Indigenous Intellectuals?

Ollantay Itzamná Abya Yala, Buen Vivir, Intellectual Aymara Perspectives. … the term intellectual is highly epistemicidal (it annuls other forms of producing knowledge), colonial (it reproduces relations of racial domination), scriptocentric (it annuls unwritten knowledge), individualistic (it annuls the community as a subject of knowledge because of its predilection for successful writers/individuals), papyrocratic (it privileges…

Mapping Faultlines: The Dilemmas of Non-Alignment

Newsclick’s Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about the history and legacy of the Non-Aligned movement which marks 60 years. He explains the role NAM played over the decades, especially in strengthening the force of decolonisation. He also analyses the challenges before the group today.

Fascism: The American Dream

Tristan Graham Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution. George…

QR Codification of the World

Peter Koenig Imagine humanity would one day – very soon – decide to stop wearing masks. In unison. Not in the streets, not in restaurants, not in shops, not in sports events – simply nowhere. Against all orders of a good portion of the 193 UN member governments, or at least the western governments. And,…

US Intervention and Capitalism Have Created a Monster in Honduras

W. T. Whitney Chilean author and human rights advocate Ariel Dorfman recently memorialized Orlando Letelier, President Allende’s foreign minister. Agents of dictator Augusto Pinochet murdered Letelier in Washington in 1976. Dorfman noted that Chile and the United States were “on excellent, indeed obscenely excellent, terms (like they are today, shamefully, between the United States and…

Uyghur Tribunal: US Lawfare at its Lowest

Brian Berletic The so-called “Uyghur Tribunal” is promoted across the Western media as an “independent” tribunal. AP claims that it seeks to lay out evidence that will “compel international action to tackle growing concerns about alleged abuses in Xinjiang.” The tribunal – having no legal basis or enforcement mechanism – will clearly be used to help bolster…

Mercenaries in Mali: From Russia Without Love

Mark P Fancher During the 1930s and 1940s, movies that featured the character Tarzan told far-fetched tales about an extraordinary white man who moved more easily through the African bush than the wildlife indigenous to the Congo region. In fact, elephants, lions, apes, and all other living creatures were loyal subjects of this white man,…