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Allegro vivace… the Italian laboratory, for better or for worse

Alessandro Monsutti , April 7th, 2020

This little essay was conceived wandering in the Swiss countryside. I’m on sabbatical leave and my whole work and travel program has been disrupted by the measures taken…


Brave New Normal World

Mateusz Laszczkowski , April 3rd, 2020

When politicians begin to speak of a post-corona “new normality”, what does that imply? And why should we be concerned?   The spread of the coronavirus and the…


Eerie desires for the authoritarian state. Covid-19 updates from Italy.

Letizia Bonanno , March 30th, 2020

  I have been – like anyone else in Italy – in quarantine for the past three weeks. Optimistically, Italy will be on lockdown for the next two…


The WikiLeaks Case: Democracy Dies in Empire

Maximilian C. Forte , April 14th, 2019

In the avalanche of news reports that have washed over the globe since the abduction of Julian Assange, this conversation struck me as containing numerous points of importance….


Julian Assange, Political Prisoner: A Dark Day for Citizenship

Maximilian C. Forte , April 12th, 2019

After a day of following RT’s live coverage of the outrageous arrest of Julian Assange, abducted from the Embassy of Ecuador in London by British police agents, and…


Sugar Cane in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Katie Ulrich , November 13th, 2018

When now Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro promised during his campaign to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, putting development ahead of environmental protection, many in the agribusines…


The Revolution that Wasn’t (Yet): Reflections on Iran’s protests two months out

Simon Theobald , March 7th, 2018

I still remember vividly the words of an informant who, when asking him about his vision of a freer Iran, responded adamantly, “we don’t need more freedom, what…

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Marc Edelman: Sacrifice zones in rural and nonmetro USA: Fertile soil for authoritarian populism

Focaal Web Editor , February 22nd, 2018

Sacrifice zones—abandoned, economically shattered places, with growing social and health problems—are spreading in historically white rural areas and small towns across the United States. Rural declin…