The Secret Empire of Signals Intelligence: GCHQ and the Persistence of the Colonial Presence – The International History Review – article

The Secret Empire of Signals Intelligence: GCHQ and the Persistence of the Colonial Presence

Sarah Mainwaring, Richard J. Aldrich | The International History Review

2019-10-23

In this reflexive essay, I explore how the present and the future of the World Social Forum are intimately related to the ability of its actors to acknowledge and actively address the inherent tensions of open spaces. The former must compose themselves articulating seemingly opposites: ideals shared within the World Social Forum vs. some practices not in accordance with its principles (enhanced in contexts of urgency); claimed horizontality vs. dynamic power relations; internal plurality vs. the need to act in unity to achieve systemic global change, amongst others. I will propose perspectives on how the strength of the WSF can be seen as its capacity to continue building radical hope for a positive shift of paradigm within progressive civil society: from divergences to resilient complementarities

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