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Mental health, deaths in detention and citizens engaging – The Week in 1 Minute: April 1 – 7 on openDemocracy

This week, openDemocracy has been publishing articles on citizen engagement as part of our Participation Now series with the Open University. Activists and practitioners who work in public participation speak about everything from participatory budgeting and online democracy, to direct action and the Complaints Choir.

6 April 2014

Citizens have been creating revolutions not just in the Arab Spring, but across the globe. Geoffrey Pleyers talks about the journey from Facebook movements to City Square movements. In Venezuela, revolution and counter-revolution are pitted against each other – but Ivan Briscoe says the picture is more complex than that.

The crisis in Ukraine is slipping from the front pages. But Zbigniew Wojnowski maintains that the question of 'where Crimea belongs to' is far more complicated than you think; while President Putin is accused of making some of the same mistakes in the Ukraine that the USSR did in Poland.

Ray Filar launches Transformation's new series on the politics of mental health, explaining why we're all sick under neoliberalism. As part of the series, Huma writes about how feminism helped her survive a forced marriage.

An anonymous detainee talks about a death at Yarl's Wood detention centre, a tragedy which brings the total number of deaths in detention to at least 20. Beatrice Botomani outlines a campaign by refugee women that is bringing pressure to bear on the UK government to end detention.

European elections are in just six weeks, and we ask young Europeans to discuss voter apathy. In France, local election results point to a rise in support for the far-right and Patrice de Beer tells us why this isn't necessarily a bad thing. Strengthened by these results and other advances for the far-right, a new grouping in the next European Parliament may yet cast a dark cloud over Europe, according to Alex Sakalis.

The balance between history and broadcasting is examined as the BBC's coverage of the centenary of the First World War comes under criticismThe BBC Controller of the season responds. Walid Khalidi looks at the history of Palestine a century on from World War One and the Balfour Declaration.

Finally, Amira Bouraoui, who co-founded the Barakat (Enough!) movement, speaks to Karima Bennoune about a new citizens' movement to establish democracy in Algeria. 


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Can there be a green populist project on the Left?

Many on the Left want to return to a politics based on class, not populism. They point to Left populist parties not reaching their goals. But Chantal Mouffe argues that as the COVID-19 pandemic has put the need for protection from harm at the top of the agenda, a Left populist strategy is now more relevant than ever.

Is this an opportunity for a realignment around a green democratic transformation?

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Hear from:

Paolo Gerbaudo Sociologist and political theorist, director of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London and author of ‘The Mask and the Flag: Populism and Global Protest’ and ‘The Digital Party: Political Organisation and Online Democracy’, and of the forthcoming ‘The Great Recoil: Politics After Populism and Pandemic’.

Chantal Mouffe Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster in London. Her most recent books are ‘Agonistics. Thinking the World Politically’, ‘Podemos. In the Name of the People’ and ‘For a Left Populism’.

Spyros A. Sofos Researcher and research coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University and author of ‘Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe’, ‘Tormented by History’ and ‘Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks'.

Chair: Walid el Houri Researcher, journalist and filmmaker based between Berlin and Beirut. He is partnerships editor at openDemocracy and lead editor of its North Africa, West Asia project.

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