Author Archives: martinaweitsch

About martinaweitsch

I'm interested in politics and rational political debate which isn't afraid of the facts or the complexities and contradictions inherent in most important issues.

Reflecting on Globalisation

Globalisation has had a bad press. Everyone seems to be against it. And yet, do we know what it is that we are against? And are there aspects of it that aren’t all so negative? What is globalisation? It is … Continue reading

Posted in Peace, Politics in context | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Education Under Occupation: No way to treat a child

Originally posted on EAPPI UK and Ireland Eyewitness Blog:
By Margaret, Northern West Bank Several times a week I walk with my team of Ecumenical Accompaniers (EAs) alongside students from the villages of as-Sawiya and al-Lubban ash-Sharqiya for a kilometre…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Post Truth Era? In defence of truth

Lately, the phrase ‘post-truth’ has gained currency in describing the times we live in, much like post-modern or post-industrial might have been used previously. This phrase sticks in my crow. First, what does it mean? Second, is it true – … Continue reading

Posted in Behind the Headlines, Politics in context, The mechanics of politics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How Low Have we Sunk?

Standards in public life are perceived to be at an all-time low. This is a problem. It is a problem because it means that people don’t trust politicians and all those associated with politics (and that includes many public servants). … Continue reading

Posted in Behind the Headlines, Constitutional Reform, Electoral Reform, Politics in context, The mechanics of politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Democratic Deficit

I’ve written before about the antiquated and unfair voting system in the UK. But here, I’m going to widen this to look at the democratic system in the UK more broadly. We’ve just been subjected to weeks of rhetoric about … Continue reading

Posted in Constitutional Reform, Electoral Reform, Politics in context | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spotlight on the EU arms industry

Originally posted on The QCEA Blog:
QCEA has recently published an information sheet in four languages, providing facts about the EU arms industry. Did you know…? German-made tanks taking part in a military training exercise Photo credit: Bundeswehr-Fotos Creative Commons…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

CETA: always in TTIP’s shadow

Originally posted on The QCEA Blog:
In the wake of the recent TTIP leaks and their fallout, including Francois Hollande’s threat to block those negotiations, there is a risk that discussions at the European Council on the very similar deal…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment