Internationalising Nonviolence: Reflections on the #RefugeeCrisis

(Originally published in Peace & Justice News, October 2015). “Our borders are under threat. Hungary is under threat and so is the whole of Europe.” These were the words spoken by Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, on 21 September 2015, the day that his government granted additional powers to the army, authorising them to deploy … Continue reading Internationalising Nonviolence: Reflections on the #RefugeeCrisis

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Book Review: The Next Revolution by Murray Bookchin

Murray Bookchin – The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies & The Promise of Direct Democracy, eds. Debbie Bookchin and Blair Taylor, Preface by Ursula K. Le Guin. Verso, 2015 (Originally published in Peace & Justice News, July 2015). To read Murray Bookchin’s writings in 2015 is to witness ideas taking flight. In the decade since his … Continue reading Book Review: The Next Revolution by Murray Bookchin

Bordering on Brutality: the militarisation of Europe’s borderlands

(Originally published in Peace & Justice News, June 2015). For those of us who are European citizens, it might appear that life in the early part of the 21st century is in part defined by mobility. Given the privileged status of our passports and the multiple modes of transport available to us, we are relatively … Continue reading Bordering on Brutality: the militarisation of Europe’s borderlands

The Human Rainbow of Eduardo Galeano

(Originally published in Peace & Justice News, May 2015). Eduardo Galeano, the Uruguayan writer and journalist, and latterly ‘poet laureate’ of the anti-globalisation movement, passed away on 13 April aged 74, leaving us with a dazzling body of work which refracts the beauties and possibilities of what he loved to call ‘the human rainbow’. Galeano’s … Continue reading The Human Rainbow of Eduardo Galeano

Unsung Heroes: Mother Nature Activists Struggling to Protect the Areng Valley in Cambodia

(Originally published in the Peace & Justice News, March 2015). The Areng Valley, in the Koh Kong province of south western Cambodia, is a rich social and ecological landscape. As the largest remaining expanse of rainforest in Southeast Asia, it is home to 20 ethnic groups – indigenous peoples who revere these territories as sacred … Continue reading Unsung Heroes: Mother Nature Activists Struggling to Protect the Areng Valley in Cambodia