Abbildung einer indigenen Frau, zusammengesetzt aus vielen einzelnen Portraitfotos
Gender based violence and Indigenous resilience need to gain visibility. | Image: “Still Dancing” © Jonathan Labillois

Time for True Stories: Stereotypes Absolve Gendered Violence against Indigenous in Canada

Across North America, May 5 is a day to commemorate the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit, and gender diverse people. Beyond giving space for remembrance and mourning, May 5 is connected to the aims of building knowledge, raising public awareness, stimulating solidarity and underlining the need for action to end the disproportionate deadly violence. While politics and the judicial system are reminded on this day to deliver rights and justice, another important factor for change should also gain attention: the collective imagery of the Indigenous needs to be decolonized to transform the systemic structures of violence.


Ein Podcast-Mikrofon und ein Kopfhörer werden abgebildet, untertitelt mit dem Namen das Podcast "PRIF talk". Zusätzlich wird die Episode "#008 mit Kaya de Wolff, Verena Lasso Mena & TraCe" angezeigt.

Podcast #008 // Auf den Spuren politischer Gewalt

In Brasilien und Kolumbien waren die beiden Wissenschaftlerinnen Kaya de Wolff und Verena Lasso Mena auf Feldforschung. Worum genau es in ihrer Forschung zu sozialen Medien und Umweltaktivismus geht, wie es ihnen in ihrer Rolle ergangen ist und was „Research in Solidarity“ bedeutet, erzählen sie Tina Cramer in der neusten Folge von PRIF talk.


People standing in a large room with the Philippine flag hanging on the wall
Members of the Philippine Congress sing the Philippine national anthem during the opening of the Second Regular Session of 17th Congress at the House of Representatives in Quezon City, Philippines, 24 July 2017. Photo: © picture alliance/EPA | ROLEX DELA PENA.

Failing in Control. Legislative weakness in the face of a strongman president in the Philippines

When Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency of the Philippines in 2016, he pushed a campaign against illegal drugs that resulted in thousands of suspects being killed by law enforcers. Parliament appeared entirely ineffective in opposing the extensive human rights abuses during the Presidents anti-drug campaign. This Spotlight examines the wider working logic of Philippine democracy that makes Philippine parliament into a subservient accomplice of any determined administration of the day, even if this means going along with severe human rights violations.


Election posters in a street in Manila
A number of assassinations of politicians can be expected again for the October elections. | Photo: Judgefloro via wikimedia commons | CC0 1.0

Violence in Political Competition in the Philippines: The 2023 Barangay Elections in Perspective

In the Philippines a large number of politicians and candidates are killed before, after and between elections. Against the backdrop of the constants and changes of this violence, I outline why a way out is not in sight and why several dozen dead incumbents and candidates can again be expected in the coming late October elections for Barangay (village municipal ward) leadership position.


Podcast #006 // Die Transformation politischer Gewalt

Welchen Einfluss hat der Angriff Russlands auf die Ukraine auf Transformation politischer Gewalt? Was ist der Zusammenhang zwischen politischer Gewalt und kollektivem Gedächtnis? Und was kann politische Gewalt eigentlich noch bedeuten? Warum es wichtig und spannend ist, Transformation politischer Gewalt interdisziplinär zu erforschen, diskutieren Christopher Daase und Astrid Erll mit Tina Cramer in der neuen Folge unseres Podcasts PRIF Talk.


Kenya's new president William Ruto shakes hands with outgoing President Kenyatta, as he is sworn into office. In the other hand, Ruto holds a box. Fireworks can be seen.
Kenya’s new president Ruto shakes hands with his predecessor Kenyatta, as he is sworn into office. | Photo: © picture alliance/AP | Brian Inganga

Have the Tables Turned? What to Expect from Kenya’s New “Hustler” President William Ruto

Kenya had awaited the presidential elections held on August 9, 2022 with bated breath. The elections were won by William Ruto, who defeated opponent Raila Odinga by just a few percentage points. Ruto succeeds Uhuru Kenyatta, who leaves office having served his two permitted terms. This Spotlight analyzes the reasons for Ruto’s success, and, reflecting on his political career, discusses what can be expected from his presidency. We argue that both his success and his career have been strongly influenced by Kenya’s political history and the power structures of political alliances—especially in the context of previous elections.


Trauerzug für Bürgermeister Antonio Halili in Tanauan City am 8. Juli 2018. Er war bei einer Fahnenweihe erschossen worden – und eines von drei Opfern tödlicher Gewalt gegen Lokalpolitiker:innen innerhalb einer Woche (© picture alliance/AP Photo, Bullit Marquez).
Trauerzug für Bürgermeister Antonio Halili in Tanauan City am 8. Juli 2018. Er war bei einer Fahnenweihe erschossen worden – und eines von drei Opfern tödlicher Gewalt gegen Lokalpolitiker:innen innerhalb einer Woche (© picture alliance/AP Photo, Bullit Marquez).

Eine gewaltträchtige Ordnung. Gezielte Tötung als Mittel des „demokratischen“ Wettstreits in den Philippinen

Seit Langem ist in den Philippinen die gezielte Tötung politischer Gegner:innen ein fester Bestandteil des „demokratischen“ Wettstreits, dem pro Jahr zwischen 50 und 100 Politiker:innen und Kandidat:innen zum Opfer fallen. Trotz der Persistenz dieses Phänomens wird es jenseits der alltäglichen Berichterstattung in den philippinischen Medien weitestgehend ignoriert und stillschweigend als Teil der sozio-politischen Ordnung akzeptiert. Das Spotlight stellt diese national wie international kaum beachtete Form der Gewalt vor und verankert sie im Kontext eines umfassenderen Gewaltsyndroms.


"Dangerous speech" can incite feelings of threat or fear
"Dangerous speech" can incite feelings of threat or fear | Photo: Stuart Anthony | CC BY-NC 2.0

What Makes Far-Right Rhetoric so Dangerous?

After a series of right-wing terrorist acts in Germany, the role of far-right rhetoric in inciting violence is much debated. Forms of hate speech in particular have caught a lot of attention in this debate. Drawing on the concept of dangerous speech, this article illuminates why narratives of imperilment are more critical for understanding far-right violence than open hatred. By constructing myths of victimhood, they make violent action seem necessary – even if violence is not proposed explicitly.