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Borders crossed and broken - The Week in 1 Minute: June 16 – 22 on openDemocracy

ISIS is on the march in Iraq. We publish a dispatch from Baghdad and ask why the call to arms from Ayatollah Sayid Ali Al-Sistaniis a game changer. Paul Rogers argues that US intervention would only play into their hands, while in the Kurdistan region life appears untroubled, for now… amazingly so given the conviction of some that an independent Kurdistan now must make sense for everybody.

21 June 2014

Crimea’s Tartars pose a problem for Russia, while Eurasia as a whole is militarizing at alarming speeds. It’s no wonder that borders are proliferating, while there are ever-more unregulated migrants.

For refugee week, 50.50 publishes a report on Tunisia’s forgotten refugees, Syrian women coming out of the shadows, and shows how Refugee Studies cannot be a replacement for the failure of politics. In Egypt, the response of El-Sisi to sexual assault must be backed by more action, while we hear how the coup that installed him has only strengthened the Egyptian deep state.

Italy is struggling to acknowledge that mafia is now also a problem for the north. In the UK, a young activist wonders if she, like peer Jenny Jones, has been labeled a ‘domestic extremist’. The rise of Sinn Fein in Ireland looks unstoppable, while Northern Ireland needs to remember the legacy of Inez McCormack, an architect of the parallel peace process.

We analyze the supporters of new party Podemos in Spain and ask who should run Europe. David Cameron is against Juncker, but is Britain becoming completely irrelevant in the EU? What is the meaning of Europe anyway?

We publish two very different arguments on climate change: one embracing surrender, realism and grief; the other arguing that the fight is not lost. Two deaths are in the courts years later: that of a US tourist who died weeks after being detained in the UK; the other of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, whose killers have been sentenced but not those who hired them.

On their trip to India during the elections in April, Niyati Keni was compelled by widespread misogyny to give her 7 year-old daughter a feminist education. India’s elections taught another lesson to one voter. We also hear how basic income transformed the lives of villagers in Madhya Pradesh.

Aamer Rahman talks about his comedy and accusations of being ‘racist against white people’. We discuss why the New Economy movement is so white and what exactly the difference is between ‘victim’ and ‘survivor’ in feminist language. Anthony Barnett responds to the anniversary of Magna Carta by demanding rights, not ‘Magna Bollocks’. Finally, an unusual song theatre productioncelebrates war correspondents.


Links not to miss:

  • Video debate between Thomas Piketty and Ryan Bourne of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Channel 4 News.
 

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