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, 21 Sep 2014 20:09:35 +0200 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:09:35 +0200 feed me From borderlands to bloodlands With Russia's annexation of Crimea and the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the era of post-Soviet tolerance of blurred identities and multiple loyalties has ended. Borderlands, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, have once again turned into bloodlands. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Tatiana Zhurzhenko en Independence in an age of interdependence "Soundings" is on tenterhooks about the outcome of the referendum in Scotland; "Krytyka" listens to the music and politics of the Maidan; "Osteuropa" debunks both Putin's ratings and western sanctions against Russia; "New Eastern Europe" looks to Moldova to buck the trend in Russian aggression; "Index" marks 25 years since the Wall came down; in "Belgrade Journal", Gil Anidjar asks if the floodings in the Balkans are a natural or political disaster; "Free Speech Debate" questions the West's supply of digital weaponry to repressive regimes; "Dilema veche" seeks to exit the direct route from 9/11 back into the Middle Ages; and "Letras Libres" speaks to Colombian novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine Review en How to turn Turk? The literary history of the Turk is long: from the Shakespearean Turk to Turkish humanist Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar's "dervish without the mantle". But what exactly does it entail, to turn Turk? E. Khayyat traces an intellectual tradition that begins with the characters of Don Quixote. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 E. Khayyat en The Gezi resistance and its aftermath The Gezi spirit continues to be seen as a remedy to the polarization of Turkish politics. But the question remains, writes Irem Inceoglu, as to how to avoid the newly blossoming politicization and the language of solidarity being squashed by party-managed politics. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Irem Inceoglu en Imported repression in the Middle East Despite evidence that western companies sell surveillance software to repressive regimes like Egypt, there have been few attempts to restrict the export of such technologies. After all, the cyber surveillance industry is big business, writes Max Gallien. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Max Gallien en The new divide Ahead of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Thomas Rothschild draws attention to the growing gap between rich and poor in eastern Europe, and discrimination against minorities. The renaissance of nationalism in Hungary and elsewhere also requires urgent attention. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Thomas Rothschild en Passing the buck At least 268 refugees drowned in the Lampedusa shipwreck on 11 October 2013. A month later, Fabrizio Gatti established that the tragedy could have been avoided, had the vessels in the vicinity with resources to support every victim been allowed to respond according to common sense. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Fabrizio Gatti en Putin's brain? No wonder Aleksandr Dugin, founder of Neo-Eurasianism, has caught the attention of western analysts of Russian foreign policy. Anton Shekhovtsov confirms that Dugin, among other far-right intellectuals, has made headway in his struggle for cultural hegemony in Russia. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Anton Shekhovtsov en Underneath Putin's ratings Vladimir Putin's rule now hinges on an obsession with ratings and suppressing the opposition, writes Boris Dubin. But, until his recent death, the Russian sociologist still combined keen insights into Russia's rotten political culture with a plea for a new, enlightened historical consciousness. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Boris Dubin en Two or three things about Albania Two-thirds of Albanians had invested in the pyramid investment funds that collapsed in 1997, causing violent social unrest. Many fled to Italy and 83 perished en route in the sinking of the "Kateri I Rades". But the memory of all this has been suppressed, writes Alessandro Leogrande. [English version added] Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Alessandro Leogrande en Back to Yalta? International instability seems to increase with every passing day of the Ukrainian crisis, ushering in a new era of international relations. Slamming Russian studies scholar Stephen Cohen for misrepresenting the crisis, Nikolay Koposov urges the West to devise a completely new way of dealing with Russia. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Nikolay Koposov en Stories without borders Exhibitions showing parallel to Eurozine's 2014 conference are about to open in Conversano, Italy, and can already be viewed online. See how cartography encounters photography in conveying the migrations of the world's peoples, with a focus on Fortress Europe itself. Fri, 05 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Damn security! There is no place for multiculturalism in France, says Alain Finkielkraut, let alone full-face veils; any concession that allows the Islamicization of Muslim-dominated neighbourhoods is a fatal mistake. What is required is a true and authentic, reflective and self-critical hospitality. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Alain Finkielkraut en Don't fear political emotions Both parties in the debate surrounding France's ban on wearing a full-face veil in public appeal to European values. It is this, writes Ivan Krastev, that makes the discussion between Martha Nussbaum and Alain Finkielkraut on the nature of tolerance so relevant. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Ivan Krastev en Liberalism needs love A ban on the burqa in a country such as France, if applied consistently and without bias, would lead to bans on numerous practices in the majority culture, insists Martha Nussbaum. But while tolerance is essential, what liberalism really needs right now is love and compassion. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Martha Nussbaum en The politics of everyday life Stuart Hall's model of culture as a site of struggle makes more sense than ever in an age of growing inequalities and iniquities, writes Caspar Melville. And the stakes in this struggle couldn't be higher: nothing less than the conditions of possibility for human freedom. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Caspar Melville en Towards utopia It will soon be 500 years since the publication of Thomas More's "Utopia" and the birth of a concept that has retained its grip on the imagination ever since. Matic Majcen turns to the small village of Marinaleda in Andalusia, Spain in search of a contemporary utopian project. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Matic Majcen en Of neighbours, daughters and pistols In a discussion that took place in May on events in Crimea, Jan Philipp Reemtsma and Reinhard Merkel may not see eye to eye on the finer points of international law. But they do agree that western double standards cannot excuse Russia's intervention in Ukraine. Wed, 03 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Reinhard Merkel, Jan Philipp Reemtsma de The silence of the lambs For Vladimir Putin, the West's tolerance is weakness and dialogue is failure to impose force. Because KGB-styled Russia believes that either you devour, or you are devoured. Europe's "silence of the lambs", writes Volodymyr Yermolenko, is not a proper response to Russia's war. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Volodymyr Yermolenko en Odessa's two big differences (and a few small ones) On 2 May, clashes between anti-Maidan and Euromaidan activists claimed 48 lives in Odessa. The city is still in shock. Tanya Richardson reports on how Russian intervention in Crimea has made such questions as "Who am I?" and, "In which state will I be secure?" more pressing than ever. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Tanya Richardson en The hand that feeds As Russia becomes more and more isolated, the Russian government will need to provide for all those who support it. Maxim Trudolyubov explains why those who can provide for themselves will be the first victims of western sanctions and Russian countermeasures. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Maxim Trudolyubov en Lost in transition? Eurozine's sister site Time to Talk will stream the main public debates taking place at the Central Eastern European Meeting. "Does Central Eastern Europe exist?" is one of the questions addressed by, among others, Boris Buden, Slawomir Sierakowski and Nataliia Neshevets. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Eurozine News Item en Commander of a fortress under siege Sanctions on Russia may tip economic stagnation into recession and widen the country's gap with western nations still further. This time Putin seems to be plying an isolationist course without regard for the consequences, writes Maria Lipman. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Maria Lipman en After democratic transition Will democracy in east-central Europe survive the economic crisis? Are democratic institutions and the middle classes strong enough to counter the authoritarian Left and Right? The real test for east-central European democracies is yet to come, writes Szabolcs Pogonyi. [Russian version added] Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +0100 Szabolcs Pogonyi en The global politics of protest The new wave of revolutionary politics, from the Arab Spring to the Turkish Summer, is an insurgence against representative democracy that offer no alternatives. But is protest really a better instrument than elections for keeping elites accountable? Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Ivan Krastev en Is there something about Islam? Confronted with gruesome images of the brutality of ISIS, many people conclude that this violence is inherent to the faith itself, to Islam. But is there really something about Islam that makes its followers more prone to violence and intolerance than others? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Kenan Malik en What do you want In a deceivingly simple prose poem, Lina Ekdahl captures the characteristic mix of genuine curiosity and interrogative hostility with which newcomers have been met throughout history and which is no less pertinent in the era of Dublin regulations. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Lina Ekdahl en Giving in free movement Europe The informal politics of distribution on the streets, of begging and of giving, makes visible the faults inherent in European welfare systems, writes Cecilia Parsberg. And the rules and statutes that aim to prevent poverty-stricken EU citizens from enjoying free movement add insult to injury. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Cecilia Parsberg en Moved to marry In a narrative shaped by gender and racial inequalities, Suzanne Sinke maps the interplay between migration and marriage from the origins of the United States onward. A chronicle of shifts in women's rights, the story unfolds on the interface between the familial and the national. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Suzanne Sinke en The oligarch After the loans for shares, mergers, litigation and an unhealthy dependency on natural resources, all that's likely to remain of any real worth is the yacht in the harbour. Thus concludes Wolfgang Kemp in this attempt to grasp the rise (and fall) of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. Wed, 06 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0200 Wolfgang Kemp de