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Hot Spots: The Week in 1 Minute (July 8th – 15th on openDemocracy)

Egypt is once again in uproar, and Vivienne Matthies-Boon and Brecht de Smet were quick to ask is this the real revolution? More readers still flock to Arab Awakening columnist Hicham Yezza’s measured musing on ‘What Algeria 1992 can and cannot teach us about Egypt 2013?’ with Andrea Teti and Gennaro Gervasio drawing attention for their contention that this was a military coup and against the Egyptian people.

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In ‘This week’s window on the Middle East’, Ahmed Magdy Youssef confirms that Egyptian media, public and private have become uncomfortably one-sided, the Tamarrod movement is congratulated by Ahmed Zidan for its inclusiveness, and we discover another Tamarrod in Morocco, only to be warned by Jamal Elabiad that their goal of regime change won’t do much good.

Rita from Syria reports on a Ramadan fast hijacked by by safesaver" href="http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1041587/540966b099/520495007/7262321cfa/#">war and turned into the forced starvation of whole towns; Omer Hariri visits the holiest site in Judaism; Nadje Al-Ali looks at the women’s struggle in authoritarian Iraq for 50.50; and Paul Rogers reminds us of the growing gap between Washington's strategic ambitions in Afghanistan-Iraq and the results.

‘Sorry for the inconvenience’ but another hotspot is Brazil, where as Leonardo Paz Neves explains, ‘we are changing the country’, while Teresa Caldeira focuses on the young people from the Sao Paulo urban periphery who ‘have never slept’.  Jeffrey Cason questions Camilo Asano’s confidence in Brazil contributing to a global human rights agenda, in a first of several responses to the ‘Emerging powers and human rights debate’.

But we by safesaver" href="http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/1041587/540966b099/520495007/7262321cfa/#">start the week with the EU-US trade deal, and Clive George arguing that a new era of finance is driving it and us. Heikki Patomäki talks of the Eurocris and a different global new deal.

Jamie Mackay portrays racism in Venice, while Jaya Klara Brekke and Eva Cossé maps it in Athens. Goran Fejic writes on Croatia in the wake of EU accession, Phil Cohen on anatomising homophobia in Paris, while Mirko Petersen contributes to the populism debate by suggesting why populism is so hard to define.

Lara Pawson, John Grayson, Lord Ramsbotham and Clare Sambrook of OurKingdom are on to the case when a British jury finds that Jimmy Mubenga, a father of five being deported from Britain to Angola, was unlawfully killed. Caroline Molloy asks what G4S is doing in England’s NHS; our Editor-in Chief blogs on fear and lawmaking in the UK, and Angela Patrick discovers a debate on ‘Secret Justice’ which is being rushed through the UK parliament before we can blink.

There is secrecy also in the US military, chronicled by Nick Turse, while Grigory Tumanov reports for oDRussia on a network of ‘sports’ clubs in which the Russian far right teach knife, rather than ball skills.

Transformation’s Michael Edwards extends its new alchemy to environmental activism, racial healing, and the work of the Protest Chaplains of Occupy, while 50.50’s Kalpana Wilson anticipates the new theme of the week, with a piece on neoliberal population control.

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