Monthly Archives: May 2002

Cannes film tackles Armenian ‘genocide’

The film is meant to ‘heal old wounds’ The director of a controversial film about the Armenian diaspora that has angered Turkey has said it was not meant to demonise present-day Turks. Atom Egoyan’s film Ararat – which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday – is a tale of how Armenians in North America deal with their past history and how they struggle to come to terms with their identity. The film had already stirred fierce reactions ... Read More »

The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto reflects an attempt to explain the goals of Communism, as well as the theory underlying this movement. It argues that class struggles, or the exploitation of one class by another, are the motivating force behind all historical developments. Class relationships are defined by an era’s means of production. However, eventually these relationships cease to be compatible with the developing forces of production. At this point, a revolution occurs and a new class emerges as the ruling one. ... Read More »

Hardening climate for Iranian asylum seekers

Most Iranians applying for asylum in Sweden cite either the religious hierarchical system in Iran, or persecution on grounds of their sexuality. The Swedish government, however, increasingly takes the view that it is safe to send Iranians back, with only nine cases being accepted in 2001. However, 40 per cent of the 621 Iranians applying for asylum were allowed to stay temporarily on humanitarian grounds. Persecution for homosexuality – not grounds for asylum Read More »