Saffron terror

November 2008
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s arrest and the questioning of Hindutva extremists for the Malegaon blasts point to the need for action against majoritarian extremism.

WHEN this column (Frontline, October 6, 2006) raised doubts about the police account of the terrorist bombings, which killed more than 30, in Malegaon in northern Maharashtra, many readers questioned this writer’s motives and the validity of his argument that the attacks were in all probability executed by Hindutva fanatics.

Two years on, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested Sadhvi Pragya Thakur.

The New Latin American Left - Utopia Reborn

November 2008

VENUE: CEDLA, Keizersgracht 397, Amsterdam
TIME: Monday 10 November, 15.30 – 17.00
Free entrance

The New Latin American Left - Utopia Reborn
Debate and book presentation organized bij TNI & CEDLA
Edgardo Lander, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas
Rosalba Icaza, Institute for Social Studies, The Hague
Daniel Chavez, Transnational Institute, Amsterdam
Discussant: Kees Biekart, Institute for Social Studies, The Hague
Chair: Barbara Hogenboom, CEDLA, Amsterdam
The resurgence of the left in Latin America has taken Social and political analysts by surprise since

The New Latin American Left

Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez and César Rodríguez-Garavito (Editors)
October 2008

A comprehensive study of the wide variety of leftist governments, parties and movements in the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela

Civic Driven Change

Alan Fowler and Kees Biekart (eds)
October 2008

The Civic Driven change Initiative is a recent thinking and debating process to explore and communicate a perspective of change in societies that stems from citizens rather than states or markets. The initiative is meant to kick-start a public debate about and beyond aided-development.

Participatory democracy at the crossroads

Eurotopia No. 5
September 2008

‘Citizens’ participation’ is a fashionable political concept, but one that increasingly means all things to all people. It is time to reclaim ‘participation’ from those who would use it simply to legitimise existing political institutions. This issue of Eurotopia explores different models of participatory democracy in Europe.

Participation in Italy

Anna Pizzo
September 2008

Anna Pizzo is a director of Carta (a partner in Eurotopia), and has been a councillor for three years in the Lazio region. Inspired by the experience of Porto Alegre, she has been working on ‘the borderline’ between the movements and the political institutions, in order to open up the Lazio regional council to the demands and pressures of the movements.

Managing water through participative processes: the case of Catalonia

Jordi Pacheco i Canals
September 2008

Carlos, who is 13 years od, has left his house to go fishing. Not far away, there is a reservoir where he spends long hours watching the birds nest while he waits to catch a fish or two.

Participatory Democracy in 6 Steps

Tomás Rodríguez Villasante
September 2008

Participatory Democracy in 6 Steps.

A place for the left

September 2008
The pull of national and local identities away from Westminster is a vital clue to understanding and preparing for the unravelling of New Labour

Confronting right wing rebellion, Bolivian President Evo Morales' commitment to democracy evokes memories of Salvador Allende

September 2008
As the powerful economic and political elite aligned with the US works to destabilise the country, Evo Morales maintains his commitment to constructing a popular democracy.

As Bolivia teeters on the brink of civil war, President Evo Morales staunchly maintains his commitment to constructing a popular democracy by working within the state institutions that brought him to power.

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