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War movies, drones and a punk NGO - The Week in 1 Minute: June 23 – 29 on openDemocracy

Former members of Pussy Riot tell of their difficulties in setting up an NGO for prisoners’ rights, while Meredith Tax joins the debate on human rights and religion. An NGO worker gives testimony of her journey towards humility. In Egypt, the Al Jazeera arrests reveal the desperate state of press freedom and thugs attack a protest demanding freedom for political detainees. Should we fight the system or be the change? And is the Met police marching in uniform at London Pride a sign of co-option?

28 June 2014

The director of ‘Wartorn Britain’ tells us why he made the documentary, Russia and Germany offer two very different WW2 films, while the new Godzilla movie fetishizes US militarisation. Vron Ware’s column looks at Sikhs and the (post)colonial military, while the African Union considers whether international courts should exempt African leaders from war crimes prosecution. How can the UK claim to lead on UNSCR1325 when it is abandoning Northern Ireland’s women and girls?

In the UK, we introduce the fastest growing far right group, look back at the hacking trial and on Britain’s use of torture. We carry an exclusive report on the inquest of Brian Dalrymple, a US tourist who died in a UK detention centre. Labour have turned their backs on the welfare state, while nurses fight back against the transatlantic trade deal, a vast power grab by elites in the US and Europe. An Edit-a-thon encourages women to contribute to Wikipedia, while employees with facial or body disfigurement refuse to be hidden.

Republican ideas and the philosophy of Jacques Derrida provide two different interpretations of Europe and its future. Romania and Bulgaria mark a year since the beginning of their mass protests by coming out on the streets again. Saskia Sassen’s new book shows how the expelled are falling off the edge of the economy and three years on, researchers of the Lampedusa boat tragedy say it’s time to end the EU’s ‘left to die’ policy.

The US resumes its drone attacks on Pakistan, while a skeptical silence surrounds the operation. In Syria, the policy of deliberate starvation prompts an open letter for global solidarity amongst farmers. Conflict in Crimea has left many in legal limbo, while Ukrainian soccer ultras have put aside rivalries for non-violent resistance.

Also, what are the positives and pitfalls of a sharing economy? And are Modi and Abe forming a new regional strategic alliance between India and Japan?


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