The Spectre of Terror: Philippine Democracy and the Threat of the New (Ab)normal

by Jove Jim S. Aguas, Paolo A. Bolaños and Jovito V. Cariño, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

The Philippine Congress has recently passed a law: the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Here academics from the University of Santo Tomas’ Department of Philosophy warn of the act’s potential dangers. The current regime now has the capacity, if it so wishes, to implement a permanent state of exception and martial rule without ever naming it as such.

‘The People do not exist’: Populism after Coronavirus

by Clare Woodford, University of Brighton

During these days of coronavirus lockdown, online discussion abounds as to whether populism, purportedly on the rise before lockdown, will be helped or hindered by the pandemic. But will exclusionary forms of populism and free-market liberalism be the only politically salient choices once the lockdown is over?

Brazil: The politicization of a pandemic and the search for order amidst the chaos

by Michele Diana da Luz, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil

As the daily cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Brazil, Michele Diane da Luz analyses three key moments in the political response to the pandemic that may come to define it in a country with the second highest number cases in the world. She argues that Brazil is facing both an economic and a political crisis in the midst of this health crisis.

Argentina: The Return of the Political Just in Time

by Gustavo Guille, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

In 2019 Argentina elected a coalition government representing left-wing populist movements and traditional labour movements, after years of neoliberal reforms. As the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold, the question of who will pay for the debt incurred to manage the crisis remains unanswered. Gustavo proposes that the recent elections could not be more crucial to any forthcoming answers.

ANTI-AGAMBEN: Polish Political Gambit to Exceptionalise the State of Normality

by Wojciech Ufel, University of Wrocław, Poland

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Polish government have engaged biopolitics in order to introduce new paradigms of governing, but with a peculiar twist: doing it not through the state of exception, but by denying it.

TURKEY’S ‘ORDINARY POLITICS’ DURING CORONAVIRUS

by Gökhan Şensönmez, Bilkent University in Turkey.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced numerous states to declare a state of emergency in order to take extra-ordinary measures. Although the list includes advanced capitalist-democratic polities, countries characterized by backsliding democracies and populist-authoritarian leaders such as Brazil and Hungary face the risk of further curtailment of rights and freedoms. On the other hand Turkey, an important member of the same classification, is adapting its ‘ordinary politics’ to its ‘new crisis’.

INTERFERE BLOG: An Introduction

by Viktoria Huegel and Harrison Lechley-Yuill, Senior Editors

Interfere journal is delighted to announce our new global politics blog which brings together academics and activists from around the globe to share their experiences of the political climates which frame their lives; offering keen insights and a critical gaze as they interfere in the worlds within which we find ourselves. In an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, the blog unearths the different ways this interwovenness is experienced.