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Redemption hovers in San Quentin - The Week in 1 Minute: Jun 30 – Jul 5 on openDemocracy

We begin the week with a fresh look at why the Syrian army is winning which, like divide-and-rule in Iraq, fills some gaps in our grasp of a Middle East now plunged into regional war or what could be called the new great regional game. Others argue that a new map is needed, while just keeping up with who runs Mosul today or who is failing to destroy chemical weapons, is bewildering; but Paul Rogers comes to our rescue by explaining an unlikely alliance. Juan Cole predicts that the Arab millennials will be back, while others say that Egypt’s opposition has been tamed or that government by bullying is never enough.

4 July 2014

At the beginning of the week, Transformation’s new series treats us to 6 amazing photos that show Palestinian hopes for the end of occupation, and by the end, we face a new heartbreaking round of violence, a rejection of occupation that looks like self-defeating vandalism, but isn’t, and Israel building another wall. Tragic fall-out from the Libyan conflict continues for migrants and asylum seekers, and openGlobalRights is discussing whether R2P is dead after Libya, while 50.50 reports on desolation at the murder of Salwa Bugaighis, and asks was this what those who fought against Gaddafi were fighting for?

Algeria is in triple crisis; in Ethiopia, the leadership is in disarray; in Burundi, the international community is responsible for a façade democracy leading to violence, and in Mali, the west wilfully ignores the criminal state. Not surprisingly, there isn’t much celebration to be had around July 4: but there is a heroic attempt to look beyond American angels and demons. Redemption hovers, however, in San Quentin of all places.

Argentina must avoid the language of heroes and villains in the context of default; and we take a closer look at managing violence in Rio de Janeiro, while in Mexico, despite some beautiful lawsthe leadership is also in disarrayoDR shows us how difficult it is to be an NGO in Russia especially when the rules change, or when fighting drug addiction, let alone as an ecology activist on the run. In China, we focus on struggles over land and housing, five years of ethnic tension regarding the Uyghur community, and what China does for the Habermasian concept of public space.

We draw some conclusions about the algorithms that run our lives, twenty-first century protest and surveillance, and what it means to be a man. Ivan Krastev warns that a lot depends onwhat history books we are readingOurKingdom finds a Scotland beyond yes and no as well as a 37th reason for yes; takes on the relentless injustice of ‘joint enterprise’; and ponders strikes,pamphleteers and the public control of services. We ask what to do about Radovan Karadžić’s hateful poetry, and are charmed by an epic struggle on wheels.


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