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The Week in 1 Minute: Defending the commons (June 10 – 16 on openDemocracy)

This week, Anthony Barnett brings back a passionate account of a ‘new way of living’ in Taksim Square, Istanbul, echoed by Nilufer Gole

9 June 2013

As Dan Hind launches a debate on openDemocracy and the digital commons, we hear a new note from Gezi Radyo of determination to ‘defend our commons’ as the park is evacuated at gunpoint and police force is used to achieve ‘national unity’, while Eleftheria Lekakis marks the stifling of public service broadcasting in Greece.

Police violence under the conditions of rapid neo-liberalization features again in the call for an enquiry into the Swedish unrest which began in Husby and rapidly spread. Astrid Nordin explores the layers of problems that prompted these riots.

Two different accounts of how to see the rise of the populist right, not just in Europe this week, contrast Yudit Kiss’ evidence for a resurgence of a rooted and lurking European mechanism of hatred, with Marek Beylin’s advice not to believe what the populist leaders themselves tell us about e.g.‘Kaczynski’s nation’.

There are surprising echoes of this in N.Jayaram’s analysis of the rising Modi camp in India, whose deeply divisive leader may admire Hitler’s Final Solution, but still has to deal with the sheer diversity of India; and in Igor Štiks’s account of more remarkable protest scenes this week, where this is a logic the citizens of Bosnia-Herzogovina seem to have grasped ahead of their politicians.

This spirit of the times is up against some ancient enemies chronicled by Emre Caliskan and Simon Waldman, writing on sultan Erdogan, or Igor Torbakov, comparing the imperialism he finds alive and well in Russia and Turkey alike. By contrast, Ed Vulliamy rages at a modernity which still has most of us in thrall, in his political tribute to the healing properties of the Greek island of Ikaria; while Juan Luis Martin mourns the Canary Islands, as Spain’s paradise lost.

As the US decides to arm Syrian rebels, Paul Rogers warns that far more people will get killed, Leymah Gbowee speaks up for the women of Libya, General Sir Hugh Beach urges unilateral renunciation of nuclear weapons, and Martin Eiermann exposes Prism’s unholy alliance.

OurKingdom is still thinking about Woolwich, child detention, ourNHS, lobbying and press freedom, but the big story is Jo Shaw’s on the ‘secret courts’ enabled by the UK’s new Justice and Security Act.

There is not much in common in Russia’s online community says Emil Pain, except xenophobia, while Anthony Barnett turns his attention to the Magna Carta.

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