The System Crashed, Change the System! Focus on Economic Rights

By Federica Russo “Marx was right” was the title of several mainstream journals, such as such as ‘The New York Times’, ‘The Economist’ and ‘The Guardian’ a few years into the crisis. Apparently, the German thinker predicted the crisis and its consequences. Apparently, the 2008 Global Financial Crisis led many experts to question the ability of the dominant economic system, driven by neoliberal policy, to guarantee wellbeing and human rights.

The Heavy Cost of a Call for Peace: The Academics for Peace

By Emine Ay Academics for Peace is an initiative established by a group of academicians in 2012 to call on Turkish government for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing war between the Turkish army and the PKK forces. The academics came together to speak up against asymmetrical warfare applied by the government in the Southeast Anatolia against Kurdish people, including armed forces and civilians, and the violation of human rights protected under international treaties.

The Rise of the Extreme Right in Spain: We thought we were Different to Europe

By Myriam Erquicia Leon Periods of crisis often lead to the rise of the extreme right. In Europe, since the 2007 crisis we have seen examples such as the rise of the League in Italy, the National Front in France or Golden Dawn in Greece. Spain, on the other hand, had always been characterised as not having a prominent extreme right political party. That is, until now. On the Andalusian elections of the 2nd of December 2018, the Spanish extreme-right party Vox gained 12 seats in the Andalusian Parliament. This is the first time in the history of Spanish democracy that an extreme-right party has gained seats in a regional Parliament.

Let Women Control their Uteruses – Equality Will Follow

By Liesbet Debecker These days, society seems to be shifting towards the right. In different Western countries, right-wing parties are gaining popularity, and extreme right-wing movements are on the rise. Thoughts and opinions of the general population are also becoming moving towards the right. This is not without consequence for women’s rights. In conservative and right-wing circles, politicians are not too keen on protecting women’s rights, let alone granting them more. This has damning consequences for women’s ability to decide on the course of their own lives, particularly with relation to reproductive rights.

Towards Implosion? The Pros and Cons of Leaving the EU

By Lauryane Leneveu In 2009, the Treaty of Lisbon introduced Article 50, a formal mechanism which, for the first time, allowed EU Member States to withdraw from the Union. Before the United Kingdom did so in March 2017, no Member State had ever triggered Article 50 or decided to leave the EU. Today, while the embers left by UK’s decision are still burning, the EU may be on the verge of losing other Member States. Tensions are increasing. Doubts are being raised. Is the EU heading towards implosion?

The International Monetary Fund: Human Rights are not my Business?

By Mustapha Hadji The 1980s debt crisis opened the door for IMF to directly interfere in the fiscal and monetary policies of borrowing countries. The Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) have impacted the lives and livelihoods of third world citizens for decades.[1] Reducing public spending was the “magical recipe” prescribed by IMF to crisis-wracked countries to get out of the debt spiral. Cutting public spending meant little to no money for social programs, public education, public health services and many other programs and services that create safety nets for vulnerable social segments of those countries.