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Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek

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Slavoj Žižek, Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School, is International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London and the author, most recently, of Christian Atheism: How to Be a Real Materialist (Bloomsbury Academic, 2024).

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  1. Protests of Despair
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    Protests of Despair

    May 11, 2024 Slavoj Žižek sees the pro-Palestinian student demonstrations as a signal of a much deeper, widespread malaise.

  2. Canceling Palestine
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    Canceling Palestine

    Apr 23, 2024 Slavoj Žižek worries that the double standards applied on Israel’s behalf will lead to an anti-Semitic backlash.

  3. No Barbarism Without Poetry
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    No Barbarism Without Poetry

    Apr 5, 2024 Slavoj Žižek considers what causes people – or entire societies – to relish spectacles of wanton cruelty.

  4. Haiti’s Proud Boys
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    Haiti’s Proud Boys

    Mar 18, 2024 Slavoj Žižek warns that rich Western democracies are not immune to politically motivated gang violence.

  5. Lenin’s Lesson for Israel and Ukraine
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    Lenin’s Lesson for Israel and Ukraine

    Feb 6, 2024 Slavoj Žižek sees in the Bolshevik leader's principled pragmatism a political legacy that is relevant in many places today.

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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.
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    Putting Africa on the Path to Prosperity

    Mohamed Ould Ghazouani & Ajay Banga

    Creating a world free of poverty on a livable planet hinges on boosting growth and creating jobs in Africa. At this week's G7 summit, leaders must focus on how they can help African countries achieve these goals, which will require a strategy based on five key priorities.

    urge the G7 to focus on the continent’s future, and on five priorities in particular, at this week’s summit.
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    Anatomy of a Massacre

    Shlomo Ben-Ami considers what the 1860 massacre of Christians in Damascus can and cannot teach us about preventing genocide.

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