Xenophobia Blog Series
. This is the first instalment of a series of pieces published on our blog by leading voices on the current and alarming force of Xenophobia - the fear of "strange and foreign" identities.
“The terrible results of the European elections were not a crash of thunder in a calm sky. They are a particularly worrying step in a downward spiral that has accelerated in recent months.” This is how the sociologists Luc Boltanski
and Arnaud Esquerre see the recent results from the European elections. Together Boltanski
and Esquerre discuss the aftermath of the European elections and the rise of the Front National Party—an economically reactionary, socially conservative, and xenophobic nationalist political party—in France.
One of the signal features of our era is the re-emergence of the 'sacred' in all its different guises, from New Age paganism to the emerging religious sensitivity within cultural and political theory.
Verso has published for many years a range of critical accounts of Christianity and the broader issues of religion, belief and faith. Here, in conjunction with the publication of Pier Paolo Pasolini's St Paul, Verso presents a Radical Christianity reading list.
Ian Thomson has written a piece for the New Statesman
on poet, filmmaker and provocateur Pier Paolo Pasolini
's screenplay St Paul
Thomson reads the unpublished and unfilmed screenplay as part of Pasolini's ongoing ‘solidarity with the poor’, a topic taken up in many of his films and writings. In St Paul
, Thomson notes, this is done by the ‘saint's story [being] updated, cleverly, to the 20th century.’
, a prominent Israeli journalist - described by Le Monde
as a “
thorn in Israel's flank”
- argues in Ha'aretz
this week how in ‘
the Jewish state, there is pity and humane feelings only for Jews, rights only for the Chosen People. The Jewish state is only for Jews.’
Referring to the recent tragic events, Levy is critical of how the ‘media in the Jewish state wallows in the murder of three yeshiva students, while almost entirely ignoring the fates of several Palestinian youths of the same age who have been killed by army fire over the last few months, usually for no reason.’