Racism at the football stadiums raises concerns, it’s more worrying
to find it in our parliaments; Golden Dawn and other far-right parties are
thriving in the fertile ground of discontent and despair, but Salomi Boukala
points out that their rise pre-date the crisis. In a new openSecurity
debate, we see that the economy isn’t alone on the Greek agenda;
immigration as a security concern is prominent in the parties’ discourse – and not
just on the far right.
Whoever’s at the helm, they have (now less than) three months to
save the euro, according to George
Soros. His words sparked a debate: Enrique Mora writes that a badly
designed monetary union led to collective disarray, Tony Curzon Price is
tired of watching leaders pass the buck back to Europe, while John
Mauldin explains the inexplicable European Central Bank and warns that the
Bang! moment is now.
While Europe is struggling to keep itself solvent and united,
security giant G4S is pushing briskly on into new territory, raking in
lucrative contracts for police work and the handling of prisoners. Clare
Sambrook continues the insightful coverage that has caught the
attention of the BBC, The Times and The
Guardian, while Stuart Weir warns of the newspeak
used to obscure a huge private takeover of state services.
The Greeks weren’t the only ones to be watched closely as they voted
this week, as Egypt elected Mohammed Mursi president. Before that result was
clear, Andrea Teti and Gennaro Gervasio described the legal
limbo and the crafty positioning of the junta.
Iraqi novelist Haifa Zangana opens up to publisher and campaigner
Frances Pinter on why she couldn’t go on writing fiction after the 2003
invasion. If your story is living through torture, she says, novels
aren’t going to do it.
Jeremy Fox also finds fault with literature. Railing against the
great dumbing-down, he will no doubt meet with some
Yemen and Turkey are put under scrutiny as supposed
models for the Arab Spring, while Nepal
is still in need of a constitution, years after the end of armed conflict.
In Russia people thirst for things other than revolution,
but some believe that’s exactly what they need…
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