Nationalism

How the Ghost of Ireland Past Haunts the SNP's Promised Land

Kevin Toolis | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Politics
Kevin Toolis

But who really knows what the future brings when you are ending a 300-year-old political union We do have one good historical model of what it is like to carve out a nationalist state from within the political union of the UK but it is not one the SNP are keen to cite...

How Myths and Narratives Are Dominating Events in Ukraine

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Larisa Sotieva

I have always admired the expressiveness of the Russian language. Popular turns of phrase that have become enshrined in everyday language reveal quite colourfully Russians' attitudes towards themselves and ongoing events. In particular I am struck by the way Russians reflect on failure with easy humour, as captured in the phrase 'they hoped for better, but it turned out as usual'.

World Cup: It's About Team Spirit Not Nationalism

Sandhya Matthes | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Sport
Sandhya Matthes

Despite all of the influences on my national identity, I carry one passport. But sometimes I feel as if I could carry three - from the country of my birth and of my parents and all its values, the country which brought me up and educated me, and the country of my husband and any children we may have together. All these nations have a special meaning to me and I root for them all in different ways...

The Rabid Dog and the Dead Mockingbird

Charley-Kai John | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charley-Kai John

Michael Gove's intention to axe American Classics (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible) from the GCSE English Literature syllabus ...

Across Europe Nationalism Is on the Rise

John Wight | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

Not since the 1930s has nationalism enjoyed the influence and traction in Europe it does today. Across the continent we are witnessing nationalist pa...

Geopolitics and Globalization Endanger Project Europe

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Should optimistic views about globalization like those of Michael Mandelbaum hold true, Europe may manage to defuse the crisis as new markets open, economic ties strengthen, and member states realize they have a common goal. Namely, to increase prosperity and profit from the ongoing technological innovation.

BNP Youth Promotional Video Decries Gays, Zionists, Bankers, Media, Immigration And Stephen Lawrence's Mum

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

The BNP has released a horror show of a promotional video, featuring a raft of humourless youths offering disturbing rhetoric about the demise of Brit...

How I Came to Fear UKIP

Louise Bond | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK Politics
Louise Bond

In the several hours that passed that outburst, I developed an intense anger. But you know what my first reaction was, my initial response to being confronted by a large, stocky, bald man with distasteful tattoos, wearing a beater and yelling about immigration? I felt intimidated, and I felt upset

Selfies and the Search for Personal Identity

Paul Blanchard | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Blanchard

What I don't do is take selfies just to illustrate how gorgeous I am. Mainly because I'm not gorgeous but also because it just seems a bit pointless. I mean, who cares? And everyone knows that you don't really look like the primped, posed, toned selfies you take in the bathroom mirror!

From Crimean Crisis to Geopolitical Fires in Asia?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Weakening growth in China and other emerging economies and geopolitical tensions are the biggest risks to financial markets. Those two are dangerously interconnected right now.

On Language and Nationalism: A Letter to Wales

Leigh Jones | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Leigh Jones

To my dearest Wales, Cymru, cartref. I use the word "cartref", Welsh for home, despite not having lived there for six years or more. Somehow one's heart is always located deep in one's roots.

Nationalism

Ricky Ross | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Politics
Ricky Ross

Are you a Nationalist? I often ask myself the question, '"Am I a Nationalist?" Ah... nationalism. That seemingly pivotal word. I found it hard to use myself twenty years ago and often succumb to the fear of its worst interpretation. It's used and misused hugely but never more scathingly than when its held up as the nightmare we must all retreat from.

White Flight in England?

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
Eric Kaufmann

Why are whites leaving diversity so much more than minorities? Counterurbanisation doesn't explain the pattern since working and lower-middle class white British opt for homogeneity more than their professional/managerial counterparts.

Remembrance Is for Looking Forward, as Well as Back

Patrick Stannah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Stannah

It is easy to look on your younger years through a softer lens. We talk of 'those halcyon days'; we tell children 'school days are the best days of your lives'. It is not a natural human trait to live only for today, or to ignore the lure of greener grass.

Why I No Longer Feel Comfortable Wearing a Poppy

Madeleine Fry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Madeleine Fry

I should probably point out that I'm not against the original meaning behind Poppy Day: remembering how Britain twice sent a whole generation of its young men off to be slaughtered, and that future generations should be able to live without the fear of enduring such violence. Yet that meaning often seems to get forgotten as Remembrance Sunday becomes a celebration of jingoism and militarism, where the victims of British aggression in wars past and present are rarely mentioned.

Biryulyovo Revised

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

Let us be honest. Nothing, which happened last week in Moscow's Biryulyovo, is a positive sign for CIS migrants in Russia, nor could it contribute pos...

I've Got the Scottish Virus

Rob McDowall | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

The Scottish Independence debate sparks fierce emotion on both sides of the camp and the colour of your rosette aside, strong support can be found on Twitter and Facebook from across the political spectrum.

White-Washing British History

Minesh Parekh | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Minesh Parekh

On Friday 6 September, David Cameron refuted a Russian official's summation that Britain was 'just a small island' by delivering a speech that reeked of a Gove-esque approach to popular history entwined with petulant patriotism. He seemed to cry out that "Britain's one of the bigger kids too, even if it wasn't allowed to go to war this time", calling upon the rhetoric of the past as if to prove Britain's place in the present world and reimagining it as it suited him.

The Rise of Atheism Represents Significant Progress for Northern Ireland

Jason A Murdock | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Jason A Murdock

Like any country with a reputation for extremism, it's history will always be judged on the actions of extremists. The usual saying that history is judged by the victors does not yet apply to Northern Ireland, as it sometimes seems that the state of conflict has never really ended in the minds of much of its population.

Who Do You Think You Are?

Sara Sheridan | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Sheridan

I have to admit to a certain amount of confusion of late. I was asked recently by a friend 'what' I considered myself. I live in Scotland and here, in the run up to the referendum on independence next autumn, most people are trying to figure out, in essence, if they're more Scottish than British or vice versa.

Paul Vale

Why Does St George's Day Have No Traction In England?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK

How would you react if you saw a St George's Cross erected outside a house on your street? Would you be overcome with pride, apathy, or would you perh...

Ukip: A One-Dimensional, One-trick Pony Flogging a Dead Horse

Will Black | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Will Black

Ukip is a party with no MPs and few policies. If it was a pony it would have only one trick and certainly wouldn't be able to dance like those on the phone adverts.

Thatcher and Immigration: Can the White Majority be Reassured?

Eric Kaufmann | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Eric Kaufmann

The multicultural, colour-blind and ethno-nationalist visions coexist, and point to distinct national utopias.

The Choice Facing Scotland Is Changing, and So Must the Debate

Andrew Smith | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

As the debate in Scotland rumbles on the SNP and the wider YES campaign are promoting the message that the only way to get change is to vote YES, and that the union is stubborn and impossible to reform without splitting it in its entirety. It's a widespread view, and it usually only takes a few minutes of debating devolution in cyber space before someone gives you the 'jam tomorrow' line, but is it really true?

2013 - Is it 1913 Again? A Hundred Years Ago We Were on the Brink

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

Luxembourg's Prime Minster is warning that Europe's demons of war may be coming back. It's a small country, but Jean-Claude Juncker has a big voice. Until January, he was President of the Eurogroup that manages political aspects of the single currency. Juncker is worried about the disintegration of the Euro and the bad blood growing between north and south (resentful Germans bailing out irate Greeks and so forth).