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‘Pray for Paris’: Epistemology and political economy of global terrorism

Odomaro Mubangizi (2015-11-24)

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The world is in crisis. The nation-state and the international system have failed to serve the needs of all humanity fairly. While privileging a minority, this unjust system has marginalized most of the world’s people. Global terrorism is a reaction to this failure. A new international political economy is urgently needed.

The roots of terror

Jim Miles (2015-11-23)

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Yes, the attacks in Paris were brutal. But what of the terror that has been instigated in the name of empire? Is it less of terror to bomb cities, villages and country-sides? Is the control and manipulation of the financial world a morally justifiable act? Are ‘free trade’ agreements free when they subjugate poor nations to terms that essentially destroy them? Is the blatant theft of the resources of the Global South moral?

Paris attacks and the French state reaction: Murderers all

Samuel Albert (2015-11-23)

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If France is “at war”, as President Hollande announced after the horrific attacks in Paris last week, then it is an unjust war between reactionary forces equally disdainful of human life, neither of them less deliberately and consciously cruel in the pursuit of reactionary political objectives. Supporting either France or the Islamists will only worsen the dynamic between two unacceptable alternatives.

The Paris attacks and the #WhiteLivesMatter movement

Ajamu Baraka (2015-11-23)

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The victims of the violence in Paris may have been innocent, but France was not. French crimes against Arabs, Muslims and Africans are ever-present in the historical memory. Those memories became the toxic mix that resulted in the blowback on November 13.

Why did the world mourn so much for Paris?

Zemdena Abebe (2015-11-24)

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The horrendous terrorist attacks in the French capital last week brought the whole world to a stand-still. Yet similar violence elsewhere has not attracted comparable outrage and sympathy. What’s more, the daily deaths of impoverished people condemned to a sub-human existence by White supremacist ideologies hardly make the news.

America: Saving the last great hope of humanity from insanity

Alemayehu G. Mariam (2015-11-23)

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No sensible American would want the world to judge all Americans by the hateful actions of the Ku Klux Klan, a hate organization that has committed its share of atrocities and terrorism over numerous decades. Yet many are ready to use their positions, status and wealth to demonize, dehumanize, criminalize, anathematize and generalize about a group of people because of a few evil individuals who commit violence in the name of Islam.

Terrorists do not emerge spontaneously; they are a product of despair

Rasna Warah (2015-11-24)

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If we are to effectively tackle terrorism, there needs to be some truth-telling, historical perspective and a genuine desire to get to the heart of the beast. We must acknowledge that terrorist organisations are often a product of real or perceived injustices and are borne out of a sense of desperation. And they are often supplied with arms by the very forces that claim to be fighting them.

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