Recent historiography emphasizing the egalitarian-democratic character of eighteenth-century piracy undermines Carl Schmitt's quasi-legal distinction between partisan and pirate and reinstates the pirate as political actor within the emergent maritime state order, argues Dominique Weber.
Walter Benjamin's description of Naples as a "porous city" absorbent of heterogeneity applies equally to other harbour cities, write Jude Bloomfield and Franco Bianchini. On cultural hybridity, economies of informality and strategies of creativity in four European ports.
The Leveson Enquiry into the UK hacking scandal is drawing to a close, yet the future of a new press regulatory body remains controversial. Enda O'Doherty asks what the enquiry's findings mean for a definition of journalistic standards and the proper relation between politics and media.
Nowhere is the politics of history more vexed than in the conflict over the name "Macedonia". Valentina Mironska-Hristovska presents the Macedonian position, arguing that the Greek claim to the historical-cultural legacy of Macedonia is, at heart, paradoxical.
Is FEMEN the precursor of a bold new protest pattern, or has it been reduced to an organization of exhibitionists? As long as gender injustices multiply in Ukraine, the strength of FEMEN's message remains undiminished, argues Marian Rubchak.
When Roosevelt insisted that photographers and writers document the Great Depression, they produced iconic work that allowed America to doubt its myths but also to get back on track. So where are today's Dorothea Langes and John Steinbecks? [English version added]
Sports journalist and historian Mihir Bose contrasts the lip service paid to civil rights by sport officials over the last 150 years to actions taken. Of all sporting associations, it is the rhetoric of the IOC that bears least relation to reality, he writes.
Margaret Thatcher's creation of her own "spectacle of perfection" has not gone unchallenged in biographies. Anneke Ribberink looks at the varying degrees of sympathy with which historians and journalists have portrayed aspects of Thatcher's persona.
Because Evangelicals still treat Mormons with deep suspicion, Mitt Romney has been deploying the language of "common ground", writes Abby Ohlheiser. Alongside opposition to same-sex marriage, common ground includes a sense of religious persecution.
"Krytyka" tracks the rise and rise of FEMEN; "Index on Censorship" puts sport on trial; "L'Homme" gazes at spectacular women; "New Humanist" asks whether Mormonism will matter in November; "Mehr Licht" burlesques meditations on Albanian national identity; "L'Espill" pays tribute to Joan Fuster, the critical Catalanist; "Dilema veche" detects waning Francophone influence; and "Dialogi" jogs folk memories of Maribor's ancient heritage.
Paralysed by predictable stand-offs between developing nations and the West, the Rio+20 summit failed to produce anything but vague commitments. Instead, governments and coporations opted for a go-it-alone approach. Reporting from Rio, Claudia Ciobanu nevertheless discerns opportunities.
Polish journal "Krytyka Polityczna" has joined the Eurozine network. First published in 2002, the journal has become a major voice on the Polish Left, also running a publishing house, political think-tank and network of clubs throughout Poland.
In order to obtain public funding, cultural organizations in the UK must comply with indicators such as impact, effectiveness and financial viability. The publisher of "Mute" magazine, whose grant ran out this year, discusses the implications of this purely instrumental view of culture in policy making.
The revolt against austerity has begun, writes Michael Krätke. To explain the global financial crisis as a "crisis of national debt" is to confuse cause and effect: by now even IMF economists make fun of this quirk of the German mainstream, he writes.
"Not only simplistic, but also extremely dangerous." Rein Müllerson critiques the progressivist faith of both classical Marxism and free-market capitalism, at the same time asking how far universal claims for social justice are reconcilable with the multipolar global system.
Acting upon Roosevelt's insistance that they "give suffering a face", photographers and writers produced iconic images of the Great Depression that allowed America to doubt its myths, writes Alice Béja. But where are the Dorothea Langes and John Steinbecks of today?
The revival of the parliamentary Left in France, Italy and Greece brings hope for an egalitarian turn in European crisis management. Yet many citizens also fear that the zig zag course will nullify their previous sacrifices in the name of austerity, warns Roland Benedikter.
The Greek media "failed completely" to predict the consequences of debt-fuelled reality loss, says journalist Stelios Kouloglou in interview. The very sector whose job it was to burst the bubble played a major role in creating and preserving it, he argues.
From Scandinavian democracy to target of British anti-terror laws: the whole world knows about the Icelandic crash, but how did the country get itself into such a mess? Andri Snær Magnason tells a saga of privatizations, overreaching and astronomical pay checks.
"Magyar Lettre" says the moral of the Icelandic economic saga is...; "Free Speech Debate" thinks less data protection is good for privacy; "Res Publica Nowa" calls football culture a symptom of festive post-tribalism; "Ny Tid" wants Finland to talk about its concentration camps; "Merkur" warns against physiognomic literalism; "Sodobnost" speculates on art's role beyond Hegelian finality; "Multitudes" conceptualizes the transmigrant; "Arena" sticks up for relativism; "Dziejaslou" has no time for conceptual art and all that nonsense; "La Revue Nouvelle" finds the seeds of change in the regions.
Antallet timer kunst og håndverk er redusert fra 20 prosent på 70-tallet til 12,5 i 2022. Den kunstfaglige kompetansen synker hos norske lærere. Barn med fag som tegning, musikk og dans som en del av sin skolehverdag, utvikler kognitive funksjoner raskere enn barn som har ordinær undervisning på skolen. Kunst og kultur er styrkedråpen for demokrati og kritisk tenkning. Fremtiden etterspør kreativitet som kompetanse.