Eurozine articles Eurozine - the netmagazine publishes original texts on the most pressing issues of our times. We also present articles and reviews published in our partner magazines. The articles are available in several languages to open up a new public sphere for communication and debate. en netmagazine, articles and reviews Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:42:30 +0100 Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:42:30 +0100 feed me Optimism of intellect Thanks to a new wave of small intellectual magazines, an infectious buzz has returned to public debate in the United States. Roman Schmidt talks to David Marcus who, as a new editor at "Dissent", is well placed to provide the lowdown what's driving this genuinely critical movement. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 David Marcus, Roman Schmidt en Dance mania and diplomatic parleying "L'Homme" sets the historical record straight on women at the Congress of Vienna; "Soundings" speaks to Nancy Fraser about a new wave of feminism; "Genero" celebrates Audre Lorde's feminist biomythography; "Kultura Liberalna" discusses the fourth revolution with Adrian Wooldridge; "Osteuropa" slams the silence of German specialists on Russia's interference in eastern Ukraine; "Krytyka" notes the rise of Ukrainian historians as public intellectuals; and "Ord&Bild" explores the violence in never being seen for who you really are. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en Women at the Congress of Vienna It's all too often disregarded: women's influence on the reorganization of Europe at the Congress of Vienna. Glenda Sluga sets the record straight, profiling the ambassadrices who assisted their husbands in soft democracy before it became part of modern international politics. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Glenda Sluga en "The love of women, kind as well as cruel" Audre Lorde's biomythography could not be more relevant to contemporary concerns about whiteness, forming feminist alliances across differences and intersectionality. Maja Milatovic celebrates Lorde's visionary text and the spaces it opens up for mutual recognition, dialogue and growth. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Maja Milatovic en Fumbling in the dark It's not acceptable to reduce the war in eastern Ukraine to geopolitical over-simplifications and superficial accounts of local specificities, writes Anna Veronika Wendland. Yet German intellectuals and certain politicians on the Left continue to do so. The experts remain silent. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Anna Veronika Wendland de Google cannot beat the state His recent book characterizes the global race to reinvent the state as "The Fourth Revolution". Big corporations come and go, transnational institutions like the EU still alienate people. But the state will continue to adapt to the needs of today's world. So says Adrian Wooldridge. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Lukasz Pawlowski, Adrian Wooldridge en An astonishing time of great boldness Ideas tended to flow between the university and the movement during the era of second-wave feminism. Then feminism became academicized and disrupted the flow. But, says Nancy Fraser, given the hunger for new thinking in all arenas after the 2008 crash, this is changing once again. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Nancy Fraser, Jo Littler en Space travels fast Air travel and faster trains have slashed travelling times. But it's a fallacy to believe that space has been abolished, argues Michel Lussault. On the contrary, people simply tend to travel further and spatiality has never been more important. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Michel Lussault fr Not bad for a lame duck Much as the media like to call Barack Obama a "lame duck President", he's begun to look pretty agile of late. So says George Blecher. A portrait of Obama, the most consistent US president in decades, dispatched from inside the land of the free. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 George Blecher en War and peace in Ukraine What has become of the hopes expressed by the protesters on the Maidan – joining Europe, restoring democracy, overcoming corruption? And what has become of the promises made by the West? One year on, on 19 January 2015, Kyiv Post editor Katya Gorchinskaya and Sweden's Ambassador to the OSCE Fredrik Löjdquist discuss the future of Ukraine -- and of Europe. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en An open letter to Oliver Stone In December 2014, the American film director Oliver Stone interviewed the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych; and then argued that events on the Maidan last winter were the product of CIA involvement. Historian Stephen Velychenko responds. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Stephen Velychenko en Dynamics of inequality At the heart of every great democratic revolution there was a fiscal revolution, argues Thomas Piketty. And the same will be true of the future. Only a global register of financial assets and a progressive global tax on capital can keep global wealth concentration under control. [Catalan version added] Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Alice Béja, Marc-Olivier Padis, Thomas Piketty en For a digital civil rights movement The lobbying resources of large Internet corporations vastly outweigh the entire resources of organizations campaigning for digital civil rights. Much more must be done, argue Geraldine de Bastion and Markus Beckedahl, to avert the slide toward a new form of totalitarian state surveillance. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Markus Beckedahl, Geraldine de Bastion de The critical spirit On Wednesday 7 January, several of our colleagues were killed in an abominable attack on the editorial offices of the magazine "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris. Meanwhile, Eurozine partners have responded in various ways. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en Je suis charlie? It's a bit late Had journalists and artists and political activists taken a more robust view on free speech over the past 20 years then we may never have come to this, writes Kenan Malik. After all, what nurtures the reactionaries, both within Muslim communities and outside it? It's this: the unwillingness of many so-called liberals to stand up for basic liberal principles, and their readiness to betray the progressives within minority communities. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Kenan Malik en 1215 and all that On 15 June 1215, King John cut a deal with the barons at Runnymede, near Windsor. 800 years later, the thirteenth century document known as the Magna Carta is of global significance where the nurturing of democratic ideals is concerned. John Crace explains why. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 John Crace en Controlling the trolls In a climate where the voices of genuine journalists risk being drowned out amid a plethora of agents of propaganda, what is the best media strategy for small states? Wojciech Przybylski leads a discussion on the robustness of media models in conditions of information warfare. Fri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Janis Karklins, Wojciech Przybylski, Raul Rebane en The attack on Charlie Hebdo Updated 13.01.2015 On Wednesday, several of our colleagues were killed in an abominable attack on the editorial offices of the magazine "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris. The shooting of at least twelve people was also an attack on one of the basic principles of an open society: the freedom of speech and expression. In such a situation there can be no buts and no perspectives. And yet, now more than ever, we need "slow journalism", we need reflection rather than reflexes. We recommend articles from the Eurozine archives that can help see the bigger picture and note the first reactions from our partner magazines. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine News Item en Privacy politics today We have entered a new phase of debate about privacy: about its sociological definition vis-à-vis contemporary communications technologies; about its definition as a civil and consumer right; and about how it should be protected by laws and how those laws should be enforced. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Editorial en Back-end science Big-data analysis creates meta-knowledge based on an asymmetry of informational power, writes media scientist Ramón Reichert. Prognosis of collective behaviour has growing political status, as the social web becomes the most valuable data-source for governance and control. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Ramón Reichert en Net neutrality: Protecting digital rights The convergence of online policing with customer profiling and traffic filtering means that privacy needs to be seen in connection with freedom of communication and information. The principle of net neutrality combines this set of digital rights, explains Joe McNamee. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Joe McNamee en Trading away privacy The US is exerting heavy pressure on the EU to waive legislation placing restrictions on data-sharing with third countries. To abandon localized data protection arrangements in the EU would be to surrender fundamental rights to economic interest, argues Ralf Bendrath. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Ralf Bendrath en Controlling the future The worldwide spying operation is about more than security and counter-terrorism; rather, it is a part of a broader strategy aimed at controlling global information, writes political scientist Elmar Altvater. Opposition needs to grasp the geological significance of the planetary data theft. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Elmar Altvater en The last chapter Go out to your local bookshop, advises Enda O'Doherty, and get in close with those Books You Haven't Read, the Books To Read Next Summer and The Books To Fill Out Those Small Gaps That Are Still There On Your Shelves. Don't come away empty-handed. They may not be there forever. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Enda O'Doherty en The way we let the young into the world "openDemocracy" outlines how to end violence against women; "La Revue nouvelle" says Europe has let down its young big time; in "New Humanist", British author Philip Pullman slams cuts to arts education; "Dublin Review of Books" reviews the history of the book in 100 books; in "Merkur", Sebastian Conrad sees Eurocentrism replaced by the centrisms of the South; "Osteuropa" enters a brave new world of legitimate, authoritarian regimes; "Syn og Segn" struggles to comprehend the grave state of Russian art and politics; "Revista Crítica" revisits East Timor's failed postcolonial democracy; and "Kritika & Kontext" reveals how Solzhenitsyn made it in the West. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Eurozine Review en In search of the 'New Turkey' "The Old Turkey is behind us, and its doors are now closed", said Recep Tayyip Erdogan this summer, standing before a banner that read, "On the Road to the New Turkey". A month later he was president. And now? Kaya Genç wonders if two countries continue to live alongside one another. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Kaya Genç en The place of global history Eurocentrism has necessarily given way to countless centrisms, the centrisms of the South being foremost among them, writes Sebastian Conrad. But while standpoint is everything, one must remain alert to the pitfalls posed by nativism and, equally, the commodification of difference. Wed, 10 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Sebastian Conrad de King of the hill Over half the world's population still live not in democratically governed states but under authoritarian or hybrid regimes. Among which, argues Andrei Melville, the post-Soviet ones are in a class of their own. So what are the chances of a new wave of democracy breaking over these? Tue, 09 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Andrei Melville de Preventing violence against women Nothing short of dramatic social transformation can eliminate the legal, economic and political basis for cults of gender difference and male privilege; and thus end the violence. So says Anne Marie Goetz, arguing that international solidarities are of crucial importance to the struggle. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Anne Marie Goetz en Call of duty, or call for change? Endemic male violence against women, and the militarization of the dominant form of masculinity in our culture: surely these things are not unrelated, writes London-based feminist writer and researcher Cynthia Cockburn. A plea for a culture of equality, co-operation and peace. Mon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Cynthia Cockburn en