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Yellow vests movement - Wikipedia
Les manifs gilet jaunes: Good reference for #yellowvest protests in France: inequality, prices, economic reform brunt by poor, elite hijackkng of democracy: A shot heard around the world? #giletjaune
reference  protest  france  Q1  2019  q4  2018  government  fuel  oil  inequality  elite  giletjaune  yellowvest  police  demonstration  policy  school  student  global 
28 days ago by csrollyson
Why are the 'yellow vests' protesting in France?
A different maillot jaune: protracted protests in france target Macron and elite
france  protest  pointofview  macron  elite  politics  economy  wealth  Q1  2019 
28 days ago by csrollyson
The Left Case Against the EU (1/2)
Bitter reflections on Greece’s capitulation to EU institutions argues no evolution is possible, they are too brittle
greece  europe  union  euro  analysis  pointofview  negotiation  history  Q1  2019  uk  brexit  grexit  ruling  class  elite  socialism  ecb  bank  control  democracy 
29 days ago by csrollyson
Identity and State Formation in Multi-Sectarian MENA Societies: Relations between Nationalism and Sectarianism | Middle East Centre, Sep 9, 2018
The identity patterns in a society can be seen as ranged along an inclusionary–exclusionary continuum, with for example civic nationalism (coexisting with banal sectarianism) high in inclusion, while a society polarised by militant sectarianism is highly exclusionary. Arguably more inclusive identities focused on the territorial state enable and foster more inclusive, hence robust, state institutions and vice versa. In the middle cases typical of the MENA region, hybrid versions of state building such as neo-patrimonialism build on and then reproduce mixtures of instrumental sectarianism and nationalism. The stability of states depends on the latter containing the former.
nationalism  middle_east  sectarianism  elite  poli-sci 
7 weeks ago by elizrael
Taming State Violence Against Citizens: A New Perspective on Intrastate Conflict
A new book by Rachel Kleinfeld, A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security, is the first work I have seen that systematically shows that the state weakness theory does not account for most state violence against its citizens. Rather, the will of the states’ elites does. Governing leaders do not have an interest in changing a system from which they profit. Indeed, bad elites often use the state’s capacity and capability to suppress minorities, giving rise to civil wars in the first place.
politicalViolence  poli-sci  elite 
7 weeks ago by elizrael
Samer Foz, Assad’s new favorite handyman | AlJumhuriya.net, Nov 21, 2018
A previously-unknown Syrian businessman has amassed a fortune during the war. With warm ties to the regime, Russia, Turkey, and the Gulf, he may have a prominent political future too.

One cannot look at the widespread support for Samer Foz’s emergence, and his dominance over key economic sectors, merely in terms of sanctions avoidance or an economic façade. The role he’s played so far goes beyond that of the usual front-men for Bashar or his brother Maher, such as Muhammad Hamsho. Similarly, Foz has started overstepping the bounds permitted even the Assads’ most famous business crony, Bashar’s cousin Rami Makhlouf, with television channels and media websites owned by Foz continuously publicizing his meetings and airing marketing announcements for the projects of his Aman Holding company.

Foz is not an independent businessman. His case is like that of his friend Laith Hijo, the exclusive director of the production company he owns, and an old friend of Maher al-Assad’s. Foz, like Hijo, tries to give the impression of being his own man, no matter the clear untruth of this. The attempts to put Foz forward as an “independent, successful Sunni” entrepreneur fly in the face of his deep ties to the regime, but suggest there may be plans for him to play an even larger role than he yet has.
Mar15  elite  economy  sanctions 
7 weeks ago by elizrael

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