Mit oder gegen Klimawandel handeln? Vom Versagen der neoklassischen Umweltökonomie und deren Instrumente

Entgegen der Hoffnungen, über marktbasierte Instrumente die Klimakrise lösen zu können, ist nach zwanzig Jahren neoklassischer Umweltökonomie und -politik eine ernüchternde Bilanz zu ziehen. Nicht nur haben derartige Ansätze nichts bewirkt, sondern im Gegenteil zu einer Beschleunigung kapitalistischer Einhegung und Inwertsetzung von Natur beigetragen. Zudem werden die rezenten Maßnahmen zunehmend …

“Bad Hombres” and Such: Migration, Race, and the US

Everyone knows it: The US has a race problem. Despite legal advances historically, there remains a persistent racial dichotomy in US society: whiteness is still perceived as more legitimate, while people of color are systematically treated (de facto) as second-class citizens. Racial rhetoric related to immigration adds a layer that …

Das neue Nationalstaatsgesetz Israels: Wem gehört Israel nun?

Auf diese Frage hat der Knesset Mitte Juli dieses Jahres in Form eines Nationalstaatsgesetzes eine klare Antwort geliefert. Sie lautet: Israel gehört dem jüdischen Volk, und zwar alleine. Mit diesem Gesetz wurde natürlich der anhaltende Kulturkampf im Land intensiviert. Die rechten politischen Kräfte in Israel jubelten, während viele Israelis das …

Who can and who wants to become Austrian? Austrian naturalization politics as a challenge for democracy

There is a growing difference between those who can vote in Austrian elections and those who are affected by decisions of Austrian politics. This difference is a consequence of international migration, but in essence politically constructed: Via restrictive citizenship and electoral policies, there is a mismatch between the obstacles to …

Indigenous people in Brazil: Global cooperation and the right to life

Indigenous rights violation can be traced back to the days of Colonialism. Ever since the indigenous people have struggled to exercise their right to life. The current political situation in Brazil, under the interim president Temer and his mishandling of environmental issues and needs of indigenous people, emphasises the importance …

Hero’s Burial of President Marcos

The Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, who served as president of a dictatorial regime from 1972 until 1981, was interred in a Heroes’ Cemetery on November 18th, 2016. Although groups petitioned for the cancellation of this internment, on August 8th, 2017 the Supreme Court finally decided to affirm the ruling authorizing …

The ‘List of Shame’ – a Sham? Accountability of conflict parties for child rights violations

The carefully crafted agenda of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to protect children during armed conflicts has been praised for being an effective accountability tool, not least because it is relatively unpolitical. The UN Secretary General’s (UNSG) annual report lists perpetrators responsible for grave violations against children, stigmatizes and creates …

The Common European Asylum System – Time for a reboot?

Even though recognizing the principle of non-refoulement and the need for a joint approach in order to guarantee high human rights standards of refugees’ protection, the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) was conceptualized as a migration control instrument, based on the principles of solidarity and mutual trust. Yet, the proclaimed …

About Serious Fouls and Fair Play – Human Rights in and through Sports

The time to leave the implementation of non-discrimination to sovereign states on a global scale seems to be over. Shifts in factual power towards non-state actors call for a more inclusive understanding of engagement in human rights policies. In this article, the international sporting scene serves as an example to …