From conflict to peace and back again - The Week in 1 Minute: May 5 – 11 on openDemocracy

The Ukrainian conflict is under this week's spotlight. Oleksander Andreyev and Andrew Wilson ask whether the political turmoil is new, while Polina Sinovets looks at language as a barrierAnton Shekhovtsov takes on extremism in south-eastern Ukraine.Paul Lewis examines the European context, as Yossi Alpher questions the effect on the Middle EastUkraine's gas politics are deconstructed by Margarita Balmaceda and Peter Rutland.

10 May 2014

The Transformation section winds down its series on the politics of mental health, with articles on panic and the city, and thepathologisation of normality. Michael Nagler and Karen Ridd focus on humour in nonviolent resistance. Marisa Handler says“activism” should be redefined. Kristin Moe ties “cowboys” and “Indians” together through land.

After another breakdown in Israeli/Palestinian peace negotiations, Khalil Shikaki summarises a Palestinian taskforce report analysing the potential dissolution of the Palestinian Authority, Victoria Brittain explores the new media activism of a young Palestinian generation, while Omar Ali looks hopefully at the latest agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation.

Joe Stork examines new counter-terrorism legislation in Egypt, David Wearing points to a neglected connection between Gulf migrant workers and the Arab uprisings, while Nazila Ghanea looks at alternatives to human rights in Iran, Ahu Yigit and Sezen Yaras discuss Erdogan and women voters in Turkey and columnist Paul Rogers connects polio to conflict.

Kathleen B Jones takes a reflective look back at women's liberation. We excerpt Guy Standing's new book: A Precariat Charter. Paul Ingram wants to change the global nuclear order. Subhadra Banda, Ben Mandelkern and Shahana Sheikh examine the demolition of a Delhi slum.

From conflict to peace: Niki Seth-Smith launches a new series on women peacebuilders in Northern Irelandwith an interview with Anne McVicker and a guide to the talksLorcan MullenCas Mudde and Donald M Beaudette analyse Gerry Adam's arrest.

Stephan Scheel and Anita Nissen address euroscepticism. Margaret Jay and Simon Maxwell say the EU should lead. Editor Adam Ramsay continues his “40 reasons” series: on austerity and the prosperity of small European countries. Rod Jones looks at the rise of the far-right before the European election, and editor Heather McRobie interviews Bosnian protester, Jasmin Mujanovic

Andrew Smith exposes association with human rights abuses at arms company BAEAcademics speak out against the UK Immigration Bill. David Elstein returns to BBC Great War coverage while Geoffrey Heptonstall ponders a very different BBC, and Lis Howell critiques the same old boys' club. Reni Eddo-Lodge discusses structural racism. Marcus Chown anatomises the dissolution of the UK National Health Service, while Michael Dickinson memorably records life as a squatter.

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