Identity, ambiguities and uncertainties: Continuing reflections after Paris, Beirut and Iraq attacks

Today's post continues our series of reflections on the attacks in Paris, Beirut and Iraq. Joram Tarusarira responds to Erin Wilson's call to accept ambiguities, posing a few problems and questions with this approach. In the wake of the attacks in Paris, Beirut and Iraq which saw many people losing their lives, an avalanche of …

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Terrorism, climate change and the politics of ‘radicalization’

‘Radicalization’ is becoming an increasingly common word in contemporary politics and public discourse. Yet it crops up in seemingly unrelated contexts, most recently in Paris, in relation to both terrorism and climate change. This raises a number of questions about what or who radicalization actually refers to. Erin Wilson reflects on these ambivalent dimensions of …

Order, justice and extremism: Martin Luther King, Jr and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” 50 years on

Fifty years ago today, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his now famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail". On this anniversary, Erin Wilson reflects on what this important document can still teach us today. On 16 April 1963, whilst imprisoned in Birmingham Alabama, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. responded to an open letter from some of …